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Today's News

  • Panthers halt Jackets’ playoff run

    Buford’s banner run in the Class AA baseball Lower State championship playoffs ended with a tough 5-4 loss to host Batesburg-Leesville on Monday night.

    The Panthers, up 5-2 going to the top of the seventh, held off the Jackets’ valiant charge to take the narrow win to stay alive in postseason play.

    BLHS rallied from a 2-1 deficit to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 5-2 edge.

  • LASS raises $13K for animal shelter

    Animal lovers raised $13,000 at The Ivy Place on Sunday in a fundraiser sponsored by the Sun City group Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters.
    More than 250 people attended the event, including county council members Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller.
    Arlene McCarthy, LASS president, and cofounder Sue White shared the story of the group and how it grew in four years from two concerned women to a community of activism and inspiration.

  • Lady Jackets win, advance to Upstate championship game

    Buford won a nail-biter to hold the upper hand in the Class AA softball Upper State championship series.

    The Lady Jackets, with a 7-6 comeback win over Landrum in extra innings, are the lone unbeaten team in the Class AA Upstate softball playoffs.

    BHS, down 6-5, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to notch the one-run comeback win.

  • Lady Warriors Upstate champs

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Lady Warriors, with their deft feet, wrote some ILHS girls soccer history on Monday at the Reservation.

    The Indian Land girls, in their first season in Class AAA soccer, made it memorable with a 5-0 win over Pendleton to earn a first-ever state title match bid.

  • Unknown virus shuts down animal shelter

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been shut down and quarantined, and it will accept no strays until further notice, County Administrator Steve Willis said Tuesday.
    He said the shelter has been working for about two weeks to contain an outbreak of some undetermined respiratory virus, but has not been successful.
    "We are closing the shelter, not taking any dogs or cats in and not letting any dogs or cats out," he said.

  • Finance chief Absher quits, mayor blames petty squabble

    The city of Lancaster is losing its finance director in the middle of budget season, and Mayor John Howard is unhappy about that, calling the departure “devastating” and blaming it on petty squabbling by city council members.
    James Absher Jr., who has been in the position since 2010, submitted his resignation May 3 in a letter to Howard, city council members and City Administrator Flip Hutfles. His last day is June 5.

  • Legislative panel OKs Van Wyck town vote

    The Van Wyck incorporation question is heading for the ballot box, after the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation approved the community’s effort during a hearing in Columbia Tuesday.
    Incorporate Van Wyck Committee spokeswoman Linda Vaughan said legislative committee members voted unanimously to approve the plan after grilling incorporation supporters for more then an hour on details of the plan.

  • Another grieving family hopes for peace, closure

    The last time Ketta Evans saw her son Mar’Quise was three years ago, just before she went to prison for attempted armed robbery.
    Last month, still incarcerated, she got word that Mar’Quise Evans, 19, had been shot to death at the Caroline Court public housing complex. She wasn't allowed to attend his funeral.
    “I threw the phone…. All I could do was cry,” she said. “All he wanted was for mama to come home."

  • Community takes stand against violence

    Two community events brought residents together to stand against violence, both at the Barr Street Community Center. On Saturday, a family event was held in the gymnasium and a prayer vigil was held in the auditorium on Monday.

    The new group Save the Streetz held public events Saturday at the Barr Street campus, aimed at employment opportunities and family activities. Turnout was light due to rain, but co-organizer Porsha Mungo said the group is committed to stopping gang violence in Lancaster.

  • LPD arrests 4 teens in Evans murder case

    Four Lancaster teens have been arrested in connection with the gang-related murder of 19-year-old Mar’Quise Evans, who was gunned down April 11 at Caroline Court in Lancaster.
    A Lancaster Police Department incident report said two of the teens were arrested as detectives staked out the funeral of Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old killed in another gang-related shooting outside a community basketball game April 26.