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Today's News

  • County creating animal-shelter advisory board

    With a new $3 million animal shelter under construction, county leaders will create a panel of volunteers who will make recommendations to help iron out any issues involving animal care in the county.
    The goal of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter Advisory Board will be to provide county council members and county workers with the information needed “to further the goals of improving care and outcomes for sheltered animals.”
    Related issues include animal-care ordinances, shelter improvements and developing stronger ties with animal-rescue groups.

  • Brush fire gets out of control, burns 8 acres

    Firefighters fought an 8-acre brush fire for more than three hours Monday afternoon in scorching temperatures.
    The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. off J.B. Denton Road in Lancaster.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said it started when a burning brush pile got out of control.
    McDonald Green and Belltown volunteer firefighters, along with members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were on-scene battling the flames for nearly three and a half hours in the scorching heat. The heat index was approaching 100 degrees at the time, Rogers said.

  • Lancaster man dies in crash

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday morning when his pickup truck veered into the path of a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 601 west of Pageland.
    Jordan Kyle Hinson, 26, was driving east on U.S. 601 at about 7 a.m. when he crossed the centerline, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The other driver, Christopher Thomas Young, 40, of Greenville, swerved to try to avoid a collision, but Hinson struck the truck head-on, according to Miller.
    Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Hinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • GOP cancels S.C. primary for president

    The S.C. Republican Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to forgo the state GOP’s 2020 presidential primary, one day before former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford declared his candidacy.

  • Norrell wins House conservation award

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell was thrilled this week to receive an award that is very important to her.
    The Lancaster Democrat, who represents S.C. House District 44, received the House Conservation Leadership Award, along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Irmo, from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.
    The awards will be presented at the 11th annual Green Tie Luncheon Sept. 18 in Columbia.

  • Mission trip to Kenya

    A Lancaster County teacher stepped outside her comfort zone in July by traveling to Kenya, bringing home unforgettable memories and a new lease on life.
    Jill Laney, a 20-year schoolteacher at Erwin Elementary School, went on a mission trip to Kenya July 29. She said it had always been her dream to make the trip, and she connected with the locals in ways she never imagined.

  • Creepy movies, horrors galore at Craft Stand Friday the 13th

    The Craft Stand patrons will get the chance this week to celebrate Friday the 13th, a holiday for horror fans made popular by the 1980s movies.

  • Guest Column: Big DOT payouts for pothole claims

    In January 2016, a driver swerved around a pothole on Bate Harvey Road in York County, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle, court records show.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation last year paid, through the state Insurance Reserve Fund, $150,000 in damages and $26,592 in legal expenses to defend the agency in that case, according to IRF records.

  • Guest Column: Killing GOP primary just plain dumb

    As I wrestle with how to most clearly express my opinion on the decision to cancel next year’s S.C. Republican presidential primary, one word comes to mind: Dumb.
    For those who don’t know, here’s background: On Sept. 7 the executive committee of the S.C. Republican Party, by voice vote, changed the party rules in order to forgo a 2020 presidential primary, which likely would have been held in February. This means South Carolina’s 50 votes at next summer’s National Republican Convention will be automatically cast for President Trump.

  • Upscale sports bar The Office joins ever-growing RedStone

    INDIAN LAND – Don’t be fooled by the name of new Indian Land eatery The Office, which recently opened in the RedStone development on U.S. 521.
    A sign on the wall reads, “It’s always 5 o’clock at The Office,” and the employee handbook on your table is a menu, not a guide to your new job.
    The restaurant, which had its grand opening last Friday, may have a workplace theme, but it encourages customers to kick back, relax and enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere and some good food.