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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Racing is back on track Saturday night at LSS

    Racing action is slated to return to Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.
    The LSS action will feature six divisions of racing on the card.
    The action will be highlighted by the SECA Crate Late Model Division paying $800 to win.
    The SECA Crate Late Model Division is regarded as one of the fan favorites due some of the track’s most popular drivers racing in the division each week.

  • Vols’ Norville signs to play golf at Hiwassee

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior golfer Chandler Norville is ready to move on, so he’s taking his game to Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn.
    Norville, a five-year member of the Volunteers’ golf team, will continue his education and golf career at the NAIA school, a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

  • LHS Bruins honor spring standouts

    The Lancaster High School spring sports awards honored spring stars at the event held Tuesday in the LHS auditorium.
    The Lancaster Bruins soccer program took center stage as the teams each posted region championships for the first time this season.
    Zeke Williams, the Bruins’ Offensive MVP, was named the Co-Region III-AAA Player of the Year.
    Williams will also play in the annual North-South All-Star Soccer Match in Rock Hill next month.

  • BHS salutes state champs

    The newly crowned state champion Buford High School softball team drew the maroon and gold spotlight at the annual Jackets spring-winter sports awards on Tuesday night in the BHS gym.
    The Lady Jackets, 24-5, defeated Class AA Lower State champion Dillon, 2-1 to capture the best-of-three series, 2-1. The BHS team, which went 8-1 in postseason play, captured the Region IV-AA softball crown with a 12-0 mark and the Class AA Upstate championship with six straight wins.

  • Column: Pinckney honored: Celebrating shared history

    Last week in Charleston a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
    In addition to his likeness, the mural also has a short but powerful quote by Clem: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history – we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”

  • On Faith: Sit, think and ask: What is my story?

    I love to read those great stories in the Bible of adventure, intrigue and excitement. Stories that trace the steps of people who lived life to the fullest, facing insurmountable odds and overwhelming obstacles.
    Their stories have been saved for future generations to read, enjoy and learn. What am I supposed to learn from the story of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Peter, Paul, Jesus or countless others?

  • 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.