• AJ grads urged to follow their hearts

    More than 1,200 loved ones honored 139 graduates at Andrew Jackson High School Friday with 60 minutes of respectful silence as they crossed the stage one by one to receive their diplomas.
    Each graduate marched across the temporary wooden structure at one end of the gym, and in the quiet before and after each name was called, footsteps could be heard throughout the space.
    “We do this so each student’s name can be heard,” Principal Thomas Dabney had said just before presenting the diplomas to the graduates.

  • Craig comes out swinging hard against Mulvaney

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney's Republican challenger Ray Craig came out swinging Thursday night during the 2016 Before You Vote Candidate Forum in Indian Land, but failed to draw the three-term 5th District incumbent into an all-out fight.
    Speaking before a crowd of about 110 in the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge auditorium, the Lake Wylie resident and political newcomer set up his introduction riffing on "three phrases."

  • ILHS celebrates as 204 get diplomas

    INDIAN LAND - Indian Land High School senior Samaria Glenn searched from beneath her tasseled hat to find her mentor and friend, ILHS head basketball boys coach Nate Smith, after taking her final walk as a student Friday afternoon.
    Glenn was one of 204 graduates in Indian Land’s Class of 2016 and looks forward to a future studying marketing at Virginia Union University.
    She took the moment to remember learning and laughing with Smith.

  • Follow core principles, CCA grads told

    Carolina Christian Academy’s eight-student graduation brought the family-like feel that one would expect from such a small class.
    “Many of these students grew up together from elementary school,” Principal Trina Coley said.
    Family, friends, alumni and teachers filled over half of the gym in support of graduates: Mary Bethea, Brittany Craig, McKenzie Dean, Gavin Eubanks, Megan Hartberger, Devang Patel, Talbert Reece and James Sims.

  • Authorities probe fire at Laurel Hill Road home

    INDIAN LAND – Authorities are investigating a fire late Thursday night that destroyed a vacant home at 138 Laurel Hill Road.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said a neighbor reported the blaze after noticing flames in the distance.
    Volunteer firefighters from Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley Fire Departments responded about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

  • Great Falls hosts ‘booming’ street festival this weekend

    GREAT FALLS – You might describe this year’s Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls as “booming,” in more ways than one.
    A Civil War cannon, known as The Chester Gun, will sound as the 33rd-annual Flopeye Fish Festival kicks off opening ceremonies around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cannon will blast at other times during the day.
    Then Saturday around 8:30 p.m., loud booms will sound and bursts of light will be visible during the 100th birthday celebration of Duke Energy’s Fishing Creek Dam.

  • City salutes 4 life-saving officers

    The four Lancaster Police Department officers who saved the lives of two children in a April 22 house fire were honored by city council Tuesday night.
    Sgts. Dustynn Burlingame, Dale Johnson and Kenneth Warlick and Lt. Dean Short received lifesaving awards from the S.C. Police Chiefs Association.
    Lancaster police Capt. Scott Grant lauded the four for making the right decisions in a chaotic moment.

  • LHS does salutatorian swap

    Lancaster High School senior Adam Bailey got some good news earlier this week.
    Once all the grades were figured in, Bailey was named salutatorian for the LHS Class of 2016.
    The bad news is the change in class rank impacted Marci Morrow.
    Morrow is Bailey’s girlfriend. The two have been dating since the summer between their sophomore and junior years.
    His final GPA is 5.344. Hers is 5.335.
    Morrow wasn’t a bit surprised by the change.

  • Buford’s Massacre reenactment Saturday

    The S.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will commemorate the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Waxhaws, better known as Buford’s Massacre, at the battle site Saturday.

    The event starts at 10:30 a.m. on Rocky River Road just south of Buford Crossroads, about 9 miles east of Lancaster.

  • Killings stun Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Less than two weeks after being released on bond for a violent crime in February, a man has been arrested for two brutal murders near his Heath Springs neighborhood.
    Arkeves Jimon Cauthen, 28, of 201 Reeves St., was charged in the murder of 54-year-old Sandra Johnson on Wednesday. On Thursday, Cauthen was charged with murdering 71-year-old John Harden Duncan, whose body was found Wednesday night.