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Today's News

  • Balmy Saturday draws 8,000 for bands, books and vendors

    After a wet Friday night, the weather for the Red Rose Festival turned fabulous Saturday, pushing attendance to an estimated 8,000 people, up 60 percent from a year ago.
    “It really went well,” Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said Tuesday. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday.”
    Timmon’s estimated attendance for the seventh-annual street party at 8,000, up from 5,000 last year.

  • ‘Wow, we finally did this’

    The journey that led to Friday night’s state softball championship started for Jensen and Kaylee Shelby’s family three decades ago.
    Third baseman Jensen and designated runner Kaylee hugged their teammates on the field Friday night after winning Buford High School’s first AA state title. Their mom Donna Shelby hugged everyone in the stands.

  • County OKs 2nd reading on $47.9 million budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously passed the second reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night.
    Among the highlights: the Department of Social Services will receive funding to expand, a career ladder will be implemented at the County Detention Center, and telecommunication officers will get salary increases.

  • 2 men arrested with drugs near Clinton Elementary

    Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges Thursday at a home near Clinton Elementary School.
    Demario Randell Buchanon, 33, of 622 North Market Street, was arrested at his home, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Antonius Lamaz Thompson, 33, of Lancaster, was also arrested there.

  • Lancaster woman hurt in fiery wreck

    A Lancaster woman, who highway patrol officials said was driving drunk, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday night on John Everall Road.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Tabitha Hinson Cudd, 27, was traveling east on John Everall Road in a 2004 Toyota SUV when she ran off the side of the roadway near Robin Road and struck a tree head-on.
    Miller said Cudd, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the front windshield and the SUV caught fire.  

  • Washington was here

    In 1791, 59-year-old George Washington found himself in an unusual Southern quandary, according to historians Louise Pettus and Martha Bishop.
    The American Revolutionary War hero and first president was being worshipped, backslapped, saluted, wined and dined by the upper crust of the young nation, but an air of genuine distrust of anyone in government still permeated the Carolina backcountry.

  • Buford wins softball title

    The Lady Jackets are South Carolina’s queen bees of Class AA softball.
    Buford High School, in a winner-take-all game, brought home the state softball championship Friday night with a 2-1 win over Dillon at South Florence High School.
    It was Buford’s first Class AA softball crown. The school won a state softball championship once before, in 2009, when Buford was in Class A.

  • Partiers pack Main Street as soggy weather eases up

    While the 2016 Red Rose Festival got off to a soggy start Friday, Main Street was a busy, vibrant place Saturday.
    By lunchtime, the Ferris Wheel was turning, with riders waiting in line.
    “I’m so glad the rain’s not here,” said Mark Barrett, who was manning the Christian Services information tent. “It’s starting to break up and the skies are getting brighter.”
    Children of all ages were enjoying the downtown fun.

  • Hear what candidates have to say May 26

    Candidates for county and national offices will take the stage at a local primary candidates forum next week.
    Carolina Gateway and the Indian Land Action Council will hold a Before You Vote 2016 Candidates Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge (formerly the City of Light) auditorium, 2001 Prayer Center Drive.
    Rick Jiran with Duke Energy will moderate the forum.
    All of the candidates in contested races on local primary ballots have been invited.

  • Lady Yellow Jackets win state softball crown

    FLORENCE–The Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Dillon High School Lady Wildcats 2-1 to win the Class AA state softball championship at South Florence High School on Friday night. Check back later for details.