Today's News

  • IL voters return registration cards unopened

    As it stands right now, some voters in the Panhandle could show up at the wrong precinct during the 2016 election cycle.
    That’s because they are returning their new voter registration cards to the county voter registration without opening them. Voters need to open them to detach the card and to see where they are supposed to cast ballots.
    The count of returned mail grows by the day, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.
    Since Tuesday, Oct. 6, Hudson said more than 1,000 of the cards have been returned.

  • Man stabs brother in neck

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Cassett man for attempted murder after he stabbed his brother while they were traveling on Shop Road south of Kershaw.
    According to the incident report, deputies responded about 5:09 p.m. Sept. 26 to a 911 call from a passerby at the intersection of Shop and Winterwood roads reporting a driver in a ditch who’d been stabbed in the neck by his passenger.

  • Reaching the end zone

    Leaning over a large color map spread across a table, Billy Harper pointed to several parcels he recognized near the area of S.C. 200 and Camp Creek Road during a community meeting Oct. 1.
    As a concerned property owner who lives in the Elgin community, Harper had a long list of questions about how the county’s year-long effort to rewrite its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) will affect him, his neighbors, local businesses and the county as a whole.

  • Pumpkin Time

    The pumpkin patch, at 3052 Taxahaw Road, is open through Oct. 31. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and it is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only. There are pumpkins, hayrides, train rides, inflatables, face painting, kid’s story telling and crafts, fall crafts and plenty of homemade goodies including jellies, jams and canned items. For details, call (803) 287-8943.

  • Murky ethics laws in S.C.

    If you paid even a little bit of attention to the 2015 legislative session, you know it produced mass quantities of “ethics reform” bills, and that none became law.

    And that’s not a bad thing. The bills were, virtually without exception, weak and/or regressive. A few recent events demonstrate what I mean.

  • The Emanuel Nine – four months later

    It’s off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from the church are all gone. The politicians and celebrities have all gone home.

    But the story of the Emanuel Nine is far from over; it is simply beginning the next chapter.

  • Carolina Speedway to host King of the Carolinas races

    The dirt track racing focus is on Carolina Speedway in Gastonia for the next week.
    Carolina Speedway will host the third annual King of the Carolinas racing event Oct. 15-17.
    The major racing event drew over 200 cars last year, with that many or more expected to compete at the Carolina Speedway track next week.
    With the 2015 Lancaster Super Speedway season completed, a host of LSS drivers are expected to be in the mix for the titles at the Carolina track.

  • Lady Jackets continue stellar play

    The Buford Lady Jackets’ volleyball team improved its record to 16-3, 10-1 in Region IV-AA play, sweeping Central High School of Pageland in its latest court victory.
    The BHS girls topped the CHS Lady Eagles, 25-12, 25-8 and 25-15 on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Pageland.
    “Our communication has been outstanding and we must continue to play as a team,” BHS volleyball coach Taylor Roberts said.
    Roberts said the BHS squad has been sparked by the play of Lady Jackets’ seniors Autumn Rabon, Gabby Davis and Hanna Robinson.

  • Allen plays big for Vols

    KERSHAW – Dalton Allen plays big for the Andrew Jackson High School football team.
    Allen, at 5-10, 130, doesn’t have the size, but that matters little to the Vols’ senior captain.
    “I’ve always been a smaller player, but I try to make the best of it,” he said.
    A quick look at his AJ athletic resume speaks volumes about his play, not just on the football field.

  • Fire safety expo offers plenty of family fun

    As always, there will be plenty of fun Saturday, Oct. 10, at the 21st annual fire safety expo.
    But there will be a little “grow-your-own” gardening, too.
    While up to 700 youngsters are expected to show up for the games, prizes and food, it may plant a seed among one who navigates the Junior Firemen Obstacle Course Challenge.
    There could easily be a future firefighter in the midst of those who excell in the skills the course has to offer.