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Today's News

  • Column: Buckets of highway money, corruption aplenty

    To say that there is corruption in the S.C. Department of Transportation is like saying it’s dark at night.
    The question is will the current “reform” effort shed any light in the darkness or is this simply a case of the day following the night – only to see the darkness return. We’ll see.

  • Tax-free shoppers target retailers

    Need garters, galoshes or girdles? You can get them tax- free this weekend!
    Those are some of the more interesting items on a long list of tax-free items that can be purchased this tax-holiday weekend.  
    South Carolina’s 17th annual tax-exempt weekend began  at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight tonight. The tax-free weekend is typically South Carolina’s third-busiest shopping weekend of the year, after the weekends just after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.

  • Lambert to lead AJ offense, Walters to guide defensive unit

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School second-year head football coach C.J. Frye will look to a pair of new coordinators to boost his Volunteers’ team this season.
    Frye, who led AJ to a 3-7 record last season, will look to Robert Lambert to guide the offense, and Brenton “Bub” Walters to lead the defense.
    Frye said he’s confident both coaches can do the job.
    Lambert, a Detroit native, is a 19-year faculty member at AJ where he is a ROTC instructor who also teaches SAT prep and advanced weight training.

  • Teams look to jamborees

    Buford High School head football coach Tripp Watts is looking to the Jackets’ next chance to go against another foe, which comes Friday in the 41st annual Camden Shrine Jamboree.
    Watts said the Jackets had a mixed bag in their road scrimmage with host McBee High School and Hannah Pamplico of Florence County on Friday afternoon.
    “We had some bright spots, but we also have some areas to work on,” Watts said. “That’s what you can expect from a first scrimmage.

  • Rain can’t dampen Fan Fest

    CHARLOTTE – The rain came down in sheets, but neither Panthers fans nor Carolina’s players showed any signs of dampened spirits.
    “It was pouring down rain when we came on the field, and there were so many people in the stands,” fullback Mike Tolbert said following Friday night’s Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium. “That’s support, for them to stick through that and watch us practice. Hopefully we did them proud.”

  • Sims earns national crown

    Fuller Sims, a standout Kershaw youth football player, recently earned a prestigious national honor.
    Sims, who played on the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry football all-stars who won the Central District title, Upper State title and finished as the state runner-up last season, was recently crowned 12U National Champion Lineman at the 2016 AAU National Championship in Spartanburg on July 16.
    Sims, over the summer, participated in several AAU football combines held in Rock Hill, Gastonia, Spartanburg and Greenville.

  • USCL soccer gearing for new season

    The University of South Carolina soccer program is gearing up for the 2016 season.
    The Lancers booters are under new leadership, with head coach Alex Tarque and his son, Christian “KiKi” Tarque.
    Sarah Katherine DeVenny will also assist with the Lancers’ women’s soccer program.
    Since last spring when Tarque took charge of the USCL soccer program following the departure of former coach Randy Jordan, he has been busy working to build the program.
    Tarque has recruited players from the area for both programs.

  • Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 Kershaw slaying

    A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Kershaw man during an argument at the victim’s home.
    Ronald Eugene Reed Jr., 42, formerly of 3591 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Lancaster County General Session Court, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
    Reed is one of two suspects in the Aug. 21, 2013, shooting death of 30-year-old Bryan Matthew Hatchel at his home on Harold Faulkenberry Road.

  • Losing Duracell costly to city, county, schools

    Melanie Outlaw can’t recall ever riding by the Duracell plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West and not seeing cars in the parking lot.
    But with the battery manufacturer’s recent announcement that it was shutting down production by 2019 and cutting  430 jobs, she realizes that day is coming.
    “I have to admit I thought they’d be here forever,” said Outlaw, who is executive director of United Way of Lancaster County. “Duracell is a good, viable company that’s always been an active partner in the community.

  • New clues in Kershaw equipment theft

    Staff report
    A heavy truck stolen in Kershaw Feb. 8 has turned up in Richland County, and surveillance footage from where it was found has given the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office new clues about the theft of the truck and some equipment stolen with it.
    The truck, a 1989 Ford F-450 service truck, was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Lynnfield Street in Kershaw, along with a 7-ton trailer, an excavator and a number of tools. Home video surveillance footage showed the truck being driven away, but provided few useful clues.