Today's News

  • Residents brave rain, long lines to cast ballots

    Judy Arioli drove past her voting precinct four times Tuesday before deciding to park her car and get out.

    Arioli votes at the main branch of the Lancaster County Library in downtown Lancaster. Each time she drove past the library, the lines were wrapped around the back of the building.

    When she returned for a fifth time at 12:45 p.m., the crowd was much smaller. Despite the rain, Arioli chose to get in line and wait.

    She said the election was too important to miss.

    "I said I'll go ahead and do it (get in line)," Arioli said. "I always vote."

  • 2 incumbents lose seats on City Council

    Linda Blackmon-Brace has once again taken a seat on City Council.

    Blackmon-Brace beat longtime District 3 incumbent Audrey Curry 348 to 208 votes. Blackmon-Brace served on City Council in District 2 in the past. She also made an unsuccessful run for mayor after serving on City Council.

    "I just have such a passion," Blackmon-Brace said after the results were final. "I want to do some wonderful things for this city as a whole, and for the county as a whole."

    Blackmon-Brace praised Curry's 17 years of service with the city.

  • Mulvaney wins District 16 Senate seat

    Republican Mick Mulvaney has won the state S.C. Senate District 16 race over Democratic opponent Mandy Powers Norrell.

    According to unofficial results from the S.C. State Election Commission, Mulvaney won with 53.7 percent of the vote, which was 25,125 votes. Norrell trailed with 21,626 votes, or 46.22 percent of the vote. This includes votes from Lancaster and York counties.

  • Incumbents retain school seats

    Two incumbents faced off against newcomers in the race for District 4 and District 6 school board seats, and late Tuesday night both incumbents had retained them.

    Peter Barry's campaign to keep his District 4 seat against the Rev. AnThony Pelham was successful, as the final tally gave Barry 2,355 votes to Pelham's 1,022 votes.

  • Few problems at the polls

    With functional voting machines and lines that kept moving throughout the day, Lancaster County voters encountered few problems at the polls on Tuesday.

    Rick Crimminger, chairman of the county election commission, said wait times in lines at polling places varied depending on the precinct.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the wait time in Lancaster was about an hour, while it was averaging 90 minutes in Kershaw and Heath Springs. The longest wait, he said, was in Indian Land, where voters waited an average of three hours.

  • Voters approve sales tax

    Lancaster County voters said yes to a new sales tax that will help pay for construction of a new courthouse.

    According to unofficial results, 16,299 voters voted "yes" for the tax, while 11,386 voted against it. The tax will add 1 cent to Lancaster County's 7 percent sales tax.

    The county is expected to begin collecting the tax in May 2009. It will be collected for no longer than seven years to pay off bonds used to build the courthouse. Officials estimate that a new courthouse and parking garage will cost $33 million.

  • Cole unseats Grier for Council Council

    Democrat D.W. "Cotton" Cole defeated Republican incumbent Wesley Grier on Tuesday for the County Council District 3 seat.

    Cole had 1,766 votes and Grier had 1,698 votes.

    District 3 covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.

    Cole, a retired Lancaster fire chief, watched intently Tuesday night as the results came in on the big screen at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

    At that time, he didn't know how the numbers were going to play out.

  • Long makes history in District 45

    Republican Deborah Long was leading Democrat Fred Thomas at press time in the race for the S.C. House District 45 seat, which covers parts of Lancaster and northern York counties.

    As of 11:30 p.m., Long had 7,174 votes in Lancaster County, while Thomas had 6,758 votes.

    York County numbers were unavailable, but they usually favor the Republican candidate.

  • Editorial pages full of hot air

    Congratulations on discovering how to capture hot air and put it in the editorial section of the newspaper – especially the six pages in the Oct. 31 edition.

    I look forward to the day when you demonstrate the use of that same hot air to solve our dependence upon imported oil for energy.

    Do you really think political commentary influences anybody’s decision to vote for or against an individual?

    Angelo Sciulli


  • Updated throughout the count Local election results for Lancaster County only

    Complete State Senate District 16 results:

    Mick Mulvaney (R) - 53.70%

    Mandy Powers Norrell (D) - 46.22%

    Complete State House District 45 results: