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Today's News

  • IL man dies in house fire

    An Indian Land man died in a house fire on Camp Cox Circle early Sunday morning.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Harold Kenneth Miller Jr., 51, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, there were three adults in the house when the fire broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday, but Miller never made it out.
    There were no working smoke alarms in the home, Rogers said. One of the family members woke to the smell of smoke and alerted the other two of the fire.

  • 1 victim dies, 2nd airlifted after Heath Springs wreck

    One person was killed and another severely injured in a two-car wreck at Kershaw Camden Highway and Ramblin Road just north of Heath Springs.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, an EMS crew pulled up on the wreck before it was called out and were able to get one victim out, but could not free the other before fire engulfed the vehicle.
    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, a 2015 Infiniti was attempting to illegally pass another vehicle heading north on Kershaw Camden Highway when it ran off the side of the road and hit a group of trees.

  • Incumbents Mackey, Taylor win city council re-election

    Lancaster City Council incumbents are safe this election cycle, with District 5’s Hazel Taylor and District 2’s Gonzie Mackey easily winning their races Tuesday.
    Taylor earned her first full term on Lancaster City Council, topping challengers Don Geraghty, Mike DeMarco and James “Butch” Flynn. She more than doubled the vote count of her nearest competitor.
    Taylor received 258 votes, 55 percent of the total. DeMarco was the next top vote getter with 100 votes. Geraghty totaled 63, and Flynn trailed the field with 44.

  • McMaster tops Smith

    Incumbent Republican Henry McMaster won the S.C. governor’s race in Tuesday’s voting, defeating Democrat James Smith and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.
    The GOP ticket of McMaster and Pamela Evette, his pick for lieutenant governor, received 571,135 votes, 54 percent of the total, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Smith and Norrell received 489,963, or 46 percent.
    Turnout was heavy for a midterm election, with 34 percent of registered voters casting ballots statewide, as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Norman dominates Parnell

    For the second time in 16 months, Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell for the 5th District congressional seat – and this time it wasn’t a squeaker.
    While the Lancaster County results weren’t official at press time due to a database issue involving paper absentee ballots, the incumbent from Rock Hill outpaced his Sumter opponent by a 19-point margin to win his first full term in the U.S. House.

  • DeVenny leads, pending absentees

    Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny was leading by double digits in his race for re-election Tuesday night, far outpacing Tamara Green Garris, but a problem with absentee ballots was holding up the final numbers.
    At press time, the 56-year-old attorney had received 1,235 votes, 57 percent of the total. Garris got 931, or 43 percent. But those numbers did not appear to include the paper absentee ballots, because of an apparent problem with the machine counting of those ballots.

  • Yays topping nays on rec bond

    While the numbers aren’t official, county voters appear to have barely approved the $19 million recreation bond referendum on Tuesday’s ballot.
    Minus paper absentee ballot figures, the most up-to-date count shows that the referendum, the county’s first to fund recreation projects, was approved 52 percent to 48 percent.
    After months of planning and looking at projects, the amount was set in July by Lancaster County Council before the body voted unanimously to have it placed on the ballot.

  • Newton hammers Buskey in District 45

    Republican incumbent Brandon Newton appeared to easily win his second term in the S.C. House on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger Corin Buskey in District 45.
    After a contentious race, Newton received 14,346 votes, 62.4 percent of the total, and Buskey got 8,624, or 37.5 percent, the combined total of her votes as a Democrat and Workers Families candidate. Those numbers apparently did not include the paper absentee ballots in Lancaster County, because of a problem with the counting machines.
    District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.

  • Honeycutt far ahead of Duve in District 4

    Democrat Larry Honeycutt was on his way to winning his fourth term on the Lancaster County Council on Tuesday, beating back a District 4 challenge from Republican Don Duve.
    Honeycutt received 2,144 votes, 53 percent, to Duve’s 1,896 votes, 46.9 percent, with absentee paper ballots still unresolved at press time. There was a technical problem with machine-counting the ballots.

  • Parker, Dabney, Buck likely win school seats

    Incumbents Bobby Parker in District 3 and Janice Dabney in District 5 appeared to win re-election to the Lancaster County school board Tuesday, to be joined by District 7 newcomer Ken Buck.
    Buck, winning his first public office, likely defeated opponent Chris Campbell in the contest for the District 7 seat. Buck received 2,625 votes, 55 percent of the total. Campbell got 2,087 votes, 44 percent.
    There was a technical problem with counting the paper absentee ballots at the Lancaster County elections office. Those totals were not available at press time.