Today's News

  • 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.

  • Studebaker wins probate judge battle

    Republican Dee Studebaker outdistanced Democrat Crystal Johnson on Tuesday to win the race for Lancaster County probate judge.
    Studebaker got 18,686 votes, 59.53 percent of the total. Johnson received 12,686, or 40.41 percent.
    “I’m excited,” said Studebaker, who joined other Republicans at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster late Tuesday. “I’m thankful for all of the supporters and hardworking volunteers.”

  • 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.

  • Election Day thunderstorms predicted


    Bring an umbrella or put on poncho if you’re going out to vote, because severe thunderstorms could be rolling in Tuesday afternoon, bringing wind and rain to Lancaster County.

  • USCL reaching out for more partnerships with community

    From release
    USC Lancaster has formed its first Town-Gown Advisory Council, in an effort to encourage more partnerships with the community and create collaborative opportunities.

  • Lancaster County trio honored by TCFCA

    RICHBURG – Three Lancaster County prep football standouts were honored at the week 10 meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg on Tuesday.
    The country trio included Andrew Jackson High School’s Ty Elder and Eli Mackey along with Jacob Cato of Lancaster High School.