Today's News

  • Column: 10 reasons to vote for appointing the S.C. schools superintendent

    If you like having politicians run important state agencies instead of professionals who actually know what they’re doing, you should vote “no” on Constitutional Amendment 1 on Tuesday’s S.C. election ballots. Ditto if you think it makes sense that the governor has no more control over South Carolina’s most important duty than any one of the 124 House members.

  • Column: Vote for Parnell to protect Medicare and Social Security

    How many of you have a preexisting condition such as diabetes, heart problems or maybe cancer? How many of you depend on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security? How many of you are realizing an increase in income due to the Republican tax cuts?  
    The Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals with preexisting conditions to purchase health insurance at an affordable rate. I have yet to see their replacement plan, and our Republican governors have rejected billions of dollars in Medicaid.

  • Column: Gregory: Yes on recreation bond, education superintendent change

    I’d like to share my thoughts on a couple of ballot questions Lancaster voters are considering.
    First, Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment put forward by the S.C. General Assembly. It asks if the S.C. Constitution should be changed in order to allow future governors to appoint the state superintendent of education, as is done in most states.

  • Gun battle when man interrupts burglary

    Dozens of shots rang out across the west side of Lancaster just after midnight Thursday when a man pulled into his driveway and found multiple burglars in his home, sparking a gunfight.
    The man, who was wounded in the gunfire, told authorities he was returning to his home on Kings Circle when he saw several people inside the house, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The victim said one or more of the assailants fired shots at his car, injuring him. A neighbor called 911.

  • Be careful if you’re voting straight ticket

    If you’re planning to cast a straight-party voter machine ballot in Tuesday’s election, don’t forget about the local nonpartisan races.
    “We want to make sure that every vote that should get counted gets counted,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    A little confusion has risen among some voters casting straight-party Democratic or Republican ballots because nonpartisan races aren’t included in the straight-party process.

  • Candidate's Column: District 5’s Taylor asks for your vote

    To the voters of Lancaster City Council District 5:
    Friday’s Lancaster News contained an awesome write-up by reporter Mark Manicone about the Before You Vote Forum, and it stated the reason I did not attend this event.
    Several weeks ago I sent an RSVP to the chamber of commerce saying I would not be able to attend. I asked Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton if it was mentioned at the forum that I had responded to the invitation, and he said he did not hear it.

  • Firefighters raise $4,500 for MDA

    The Lancaster Fire Department raised more than $4,500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser this month, 40 percent more than last year.
    MDA helps kids and adults struggling with muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle-debilitating diseases. It also contributes to research efforts, support groups and care centers.
    The Lancaster firefighters presented an MDA representative a check Monday afternoon, and also on hand was 23-year-old Talf Wrenn of Kershaw, who wanted to be there to thank them for what they had done.

  • Winthrop Poll: Trump’s S.C. support steady

    Winthrop University

    ROCK HILL – With less than a week before the nation’s midterm elections, President Trump’s approval rating is at 44 percent among S.C. residents, according to the latest Winthrop Poll.
    The 45th president has a disapproval rating of half of Palmetto State citizens. His approval rating among S.C. adults has remained in the mid-40s over his two years in office.
    Among respondents who lean Republican, Trump has an 83 percent approval rate, which continues to climb in one of the reddest states in the country.

  • Feds OK Lancaster ‘opportunity zones’

    Lancaster has been approved for the new federal “opportunity zone” initiative to create jobs and affordable housing in economically distressed areas – a shot in the arm for downtown revitalization efforts.
    U.S. Treasury officials designated two opportunity zones that encompass everything inside Lancaster’s city limits and some small adjacent areas. The program creates new federal tax breaks for investors who spend money in the zones on projects – industrial, commercial or residential – that will produce jobs.

  • Burns Ford team captures Rub of the Green crown

    The Burns Ford team shot a 24-under 48 to post its second straight win in the annual Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Rub of the Green golf tournament at Carolina Lakes Golf Club on Oct. 25.
    The Burns Ford team included Bobby Young, Tyler Young, Scott Caskey and Scott Roberts, a former Lancaster Golf Club champion.
    A year ago, the Burns Ford team, which was captained by Bobby Young, won with a 49.