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Today's News

  • Wreck leads to Indian Land power outage

    An overnight power outage in Indian Land last weekend was caused by a wreck that took out a power pole, inconveniencing hundreds of customers and shutting down numerous businesses along a busy swath of the U.S. 521 corridor.
    In addition to the outage, which began Saturday evening and extended into late Sunday morning for some, a number of customers of Duke Energy Carolinas also reported that a power surge that occurred once electricity was restored fried their major appliances and electronics.

  • Horton’s new book recounts ‘a golden age of growing up’

    Columbia author Mac Horton just released his second book of short stories, most chronicling his upbringing in Heath Springs.
    It’s called “Shelter Rock Rides Again!” and follows a pattern similar to his first, “Tales from Shelter Rock and Beyond,” which he published last year.
    The new book contains 104 additional short stories about his youth in Heath Springs, his career and his travels.

  • Fresh from the fields

    The 2018 Ag+Art Tour kicked off with a Lancaster County-grown, farm-to-table dinner at the Springs House Thursday evening.
    “Take Me Home, Country Roads” welcomed folks when they walked in, with P.J. Brunson strumming the melody on her Martin acoustic guitar.
    The resounding “pop” of corks removed from wine bottles, the clinking of glasses and the drone of speech and laughter filled the stately mansion Thursday evening.
    For See Lancaster Coordinator April Joplin, this is her favorite part of the tour.

  • Parnell still in it to win it

    Embattled Democrat Archie Parnell announced Wednesday afternoon that he will stay in the June 12 party primary for the 5th Congressional District race, despite domestic-abuse revelations from four decades ago.
    In an apologetic video posted on his Facebook page, Parnell said, “I hit my ex-wife and another person in a state of rage. No excuse can justify what I did. I hurt her. I was wrong.”
    It’s the first time the Sumter Democrat has addressed the controversy that eroded much of his support base last month and led his paid campaign staffers to quit.

  • YouthBuild wins state litter awards

    With Lancaster County struggling this year to keep roadsides clear of rubbish after losing its state-prison labor, YouthBuild has been one of many groups stepping up to keep Lancaster clean.
    The nonprofit has committed so much time to the effort that it has received two awards from the S.C. Department of Transportation. YouthBuild received the regional award and was named Group of the Year for the third straight year at the Adopt-A-Highway Program’s 30th-annual awards celebration last month.

  • It’s time to select S.C. party nominees

    The statewide primaries are coming up Tuesday, with five races appearing on Lancaster County ballots, including the governor’s contest and the U.S. House race.
    Registered voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries, regardless of political affiliation, because South Carolina is an open primary state. You simply select the party you wish to vote in, and use that ballot to vote. Both primaries are on the same day. All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    If needed, runoffs will be held June 26.

  • VW takes aim against litter, junk

    Keep it clean, Van Wyck.
    The small – but growing – new town in Lancaster County’s Panhandle is aiming to keep its bucolic nature intact.
    At its June 4 town council meeting, members gave unanimous first-reading consent for new rules governing the appearance and upkeep of property and prohibitions against litter.
    The new rules, which will require at least one more council approval before taking effect, will basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county.

  • The scramble to find little Harlee

    When Breanna Lewis called Chesterfield County 911 on the early afternoon of May 29, her voice alternated between calmness and screaming.
    She told a dispatcher that a man confronted her at her mailbox on Jackson Road, northeast of Chesterfield, made sexual advances, assaulted her and then grabbed her child off her hip. He fled in a gold or tan SUV.
    911 officials immediately called the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. As investigators went to the scene, the dispatcher kept Lewis on the phone, getting as much information as possible.

  • Sheriff seeks info on IL robbery suspect

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an armed robbery late Tuesday night at the Market Express (Exxon), 9540 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
    Deputies arrived at the store about a minute after the call was dispatched about 11 p.m. June 5.

  • 11 debutantes presented at cotillion

    Lauren R. Kornegay
    For The Lancaster News

    Eleven young women were presented to more than 200 guests on May 19 as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Iota Theta Omega Chapter hosted its 15th Biennial Debutante Cotillion, “Emeralds of Excellence: An Evening in the Emerald Garden.”
    The debutantes were Teanna Alexander, Tytiuna Alexander, Joi A. Brown, Cassie Chandler, Noelle W. Davis, Niyla E. Ford, Aliah Jacobs, Darriyah McCree, Lyrik Mitchell, Logan J. Pelham and Jordan Stanfield.