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Today's News

  • Saints sign IL’s Daley

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School star wrestler Kyle Daley will be on the mat at the next level.
    Daley, a three-time all-state wrestler, will be competing in college at Limestone in Gaffney.
    “I’m really pleased to have this opportunity to wrestle in college,” said Daley, who signed with the Saints on May 3 in the ILHS media center. “I like the coaches and Limestone has a good, strong wrestling program.

  • S.C. receives millions under tobacco settlement

    The state is receiving millions of dollars as part of its yearly share of settlement funds stemming from the anti-smoking wars of the 1990s.
    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the state has secured $81.1 million in its annual share of funds under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), approved by the courts in 1998.
    “These payments are incredibly important to the taxpayers of South Carolina, because they mean the tobacco companies are repaying the state for some of the costs related to smoking,” Wilson said.

  • Man charged in theft of money, checks from business drop box

    A Lancaster man turned himself in to authorities May 4 on charges that he fished checks and cash out of a business mail slot last month.

    Phillip Perry Craig of McIlwain Road in Lancaster was charged with second-degree burglary after he was identified on surveillance video from local business Lancaster Financial.
    The thefts at Lancaster Financial began in February. The incident Craig is charged in occurred April 9. Craig was a customer of the business.

  • City widens area for take-home police cars

    Lancaster City Council has approved the city police department’s request to increase the geographic area where officers are allowed to take their police vehicles home with them at the end of their shifts.
    Under the new policy, officers living within a 30-mile radius of the police department will be able to take their assigned vehicles home with them. The previous policy applied only within the borders of Lancaster County.
    The vote was 5-1 at Tuesday night’s council meeting, with Linda Blackmon dissenting.

  • Craft Stand bringing specialty coffee shop back to downtown

    Downtown Lancaster is getting its first specialty-coffee shop in half a decade, as The Craft Stand broadens its usual offerings to include perkier brews starting Monday morning.
    The Main Street craft-beer retailer and gathering spot will be serving coffee drinks from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
    “It will be basic in the beginning,” owner Brandy Geraghty said. “We will have drip and an espresso machine to make lattes and cappuccinos and I don’t know what else because I haven’t learned yet.”

  • ‘The right choice’

    Hope, as the saying goes, springs eternal.
    After 15 years in the political wilderness, state Democrats are feeling positive about their chances of re-taking the governor’s mansion in 2018.
    At least that was the vibe Friday afternoon, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. James Smith of Columbia came to town to officially announce that Lancaster’s Mandy Powers Norrell would be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

  • Lady Warriors fall to Irmo

    IRMO- Indian Land High School girls soccer coach Mark Bonda knew challenging 10-time state champion Bishop England for the state championship would be a task.
    ILHS, battling the Lower State champion Lady Bishops at less than full strength, would be that much tougher.
    The Lady Warriors gave it their all, but played the state title match without two of their top players.
    Senior striker Breanna Bishop was lost for the match in the first half with an ACL injury.
    Lady Warriors' senior midfielder Emily Gerdes was hampered as she battled the flu during the week.

  • Murder victim’s identity released

    The hunt was still on late Friday for the shooter in Thursday’s Kershaw killing, and authorities were releasing almost no information about the case.
    The man who died was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. of Lexington. His family said Friday that he had recently moved to Kershaw.
    “He was always a happy person,” Lambert’s cousin Josh Twitty said. “He was always smiling, and he always saw good in everything. He was a good ol’ country boy.”

  • BHS fumes over softball/prom ruling

    Buford softball players had to choose between going to their prom and playing in the Upper State Playoffs championship game Friday evening, because the S.C. High School League would not delay their rained-out Thursday game until Saturday.
    Parents, players, coaches and administrators were fuming Friday.

  • Commentary: FOI advocate: Gmail feature thwarts open public records

    The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has contacted Google about Gmail’s new “self-destructing” email feature, which could allow government employees to delete public records subject to federal and state open government and freedom of information laws.

    In an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, NFOIC board President Mal Leary cited that most states have clear record-retention laws aimed at making sure public records, electronic and otherwise, such as official correspondence between public officials, are secured and maintained.