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Today's News

  • Column: Marriage rate one of S.C.’s biggest issues

    Tackling big issues is tough. It’s far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a few snappy phrases and then claim they are doing something.
    And if you really want to make things difficult, add in such volatile and emotional issues as race, culture, sex and money – then it becomes a “really big tough issue.” Who wants to take this on? It’s easier to talk about transgender bathrooms.

  • Man charged with assaulting police

    A Lancaster man was accused Friday of assaulting and spitting at police officers when he was arrested and then kicking at another when he was placed in a cell at the Municipal Justice Center.
    Edwin Ramon Aguirre Fernendes, 22, no address given, was charged with assault on a police officer while resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to Walmart Supercenter, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, about 4 a.m. Friday and found Fernendes sitting on a bench in the lobby.

  • Postal carrier food drive is Saturday

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive on Saturday and they need your help.
    Now in its 24th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
    Local contributions to the Lancaster Post Office will benefit HOPE in Lancaster. Contributions to the Kershaw/Heath Springs post offices will go to KARE in Kershaw. Both organizations assist county residents with food and other needs.

  • Kershaw Spring-A-Thon brings rides, food, dancing in streets

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s annual Spring-A-Thon will celebrate its 37th anniversary this weekend.
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the annual weekend of downtown family fun kicks off tonight from 7-10 p.m. on Hampton and Cleveland streets.
    Tonight’s activities include a street dance and various stage performers headlined by The Fantastic Shakers.
    Known as the “South’s Finest Show Band,” The Fantastic Shakers have performed at more than 6,000 engagements since 1978 and are Grand Strand headliners each summer.

  • Schools honor top students and educators

    Lancaster County School District honored its finest students and educators during the 19th-annual Celebration of Excellence banquets held this week at the Second Baptist Church Family Ministry Center.
    “I really enjoy joining you in celebrating great things these students do in classrooms across our district. These students truly represent excellence in academics,”  said Dr. Gene Moore, district superintendent.

  • County OKs traffic impact-fee study

    Traffic and growth in the Panhandle was the focus at Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting, where the council moved forward with an impact-fee study for transportation.
    The council’s vote added traffic to the study, which is already looking at recreation, public safety, EMS and other factors that might be addressed with impact fees paid by residential developers. To enact an impact fee, an impact fee study has to be done. In particular, this study will consider a fixed fee amount to deal with transportation issues caused by new developments.  

  • Animal shelter closed, director suspended

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been shut down and Director Shandy Miller has been suspended with pay as investigators examine the shelter’s operations.
    County Administrator Steve Willis would not identify the suspended employee, but said Miller was the only remaining county worker at the shelter, and that the only remaining county worker has been placed on leave pending the investigation.

  • Buford hosts Crescent on Thursday

    Buford will be at home Thursday, seeking to wrap up the Class AA Upper State softball title and a bid to the Class AA state title series.

    The Lady Jackets, unbeaten in the Class AA Upstate playoffs with five straight shutouts, host Crescent on Thursday at 5 p.m. A BHS win over the CHS Lady Tigers will give Buford the Upstate title and a bid to the state title round. A loss will force a second game to follow the first game at Buford.

  • LHS Lady Bruins host Daniel on Thursday

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins will host Daniel High of Clemson on Thursday at 6 p.m. in an elimination game

    in the Class AAA Upstate softball playoffs.

    Lancaster, which fell to Chapin on Monday, was scheduled to host Daniel on Wednesday, but the game was rained out and reset for Thursday night at the LHS softball field.
    The winner of the Lancaster vs. Daniel game will venture to Union County on Friday for an elimination game in the Class AAA Upstate playoffs.

  • County track trio tops in AA Upstate meet

    A trio of county athletes posted Class AA Upper State track crowns at the meet at Keenan High School in Columbia.
    Buford had two athletes to capture Upstate crowns, with senior Autumn Rabon winning the high jump with a 5-2 effort.
    Jackets’ 100-meter wheel chair athlete John Elliott, in his first season of competition, topped the Upstate field with a personal-best 31.02 effort.
    Andrew Jackson also had a first with the AJ girls winning the 4 x 400-meter run in 4:11.16.