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Today's News

  • Multiple IL businesses hit by property crimes

    Thieves have targeted Indian Land businesses during a string of burglaries, larcenies and vandalisms since before Christmas that have caused more than $600,000 in losses and damage.
    At least 16 businesses and one church were targeted between Dec. 20 and early February, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators have good leads in many of the cases, though the investigations are ongoing.

  • Judge rules against Richburg man in Doberman case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Jordan James Johnson, the Richburg man whose 116 Dobermans were rescued from disgusting conditions on his property, will not be getting the dogs back, a judge ruled on Thursday.
    Johnson, 48, was arrested last September after animal control officers found the dogs living in “grossly unsanitary” conditions. He initially faced 198 changes ranging from ill treatment of animals to violating the state rabies control law.

  • Cops’ mission: Get to know regular folks, their concerns

    Don’t be surprised if a Lancaster police officer just walks right up to you this week and starts chatting.
    Sure, there’s a chance he suspects you of a crime or wants you to snitch on someone, but more likely he just wants to hear what’s on your mind.
    On Wednesday, the Lancaster Police Department rolled out Take Five, a systematic way for officers to connect with the people they protect and serve.

  • Beating back every 'no'

    It’s hard to say no to 9-year-old Alyssa Mangum.
    Last year, she amassed hundreds of yeses in three months.
    Alyssa was the No. 1 Girl Scout cookie seller in Lancaster County. The Heath Springs fourth grader sold 1,005 boxes of cookies, most in the sparsely populated southeastern end of the county.
    The 2017 cookie campaign has begun, and Alyssa is going strong. She has already sold 200 boxes and has about six weeks remaining.

  • ‘Amazing’ turnaround

    Charlee Rivers, the Lancaster 4-year-old who spent much of last year in and out of Levine Children’s Hospital fighting a congenital heart defect, has improved so much that she has been removed from the heart-transplant list.
    According to her parents, Chucky and Dustee Rivers, Charlee underwent a complication-plagued heart surgery in April, but then her condition improved dramatically, and she continued getting better throughout the year.

  • Jackets pad new streak with victory

    The Buford High boys basketball team is on a new streak after taking a second straight Region IV-AA win to highlight a league road sweep of North Central on Friday night.
    BHS, which snapped a 12-game losing skid in a home win over Chesterfield on Tuesday night, followed with a 52-45 comeback win over the Knights.  In the opener, the Lady Jackets also prevailed in a 56-47 win.
    North Central’s boys opened a 17-10 lead after one period, but the Jackets rallied to make it 26-23 at the half.

  • Early surge keys Lady Jackets’ win

    The Buford Lady Jackets took control early and rolled to a 54-37 win over Central at the BHS gym on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Jackets’ 17-point win gave Buford a split of the Region IV-AA hoops twin bill after the CHS boys posted a 60-28 win over the Jackets.
    The Lady Jackets built an early edge, taking an 11-6 lead after one period.
    Buford’s girls, sparked by Sophie Ribelin’s solid first-half  play, led 25-14 at the half after outscoring the Lady Eagles, 14-8 in the second period for the 11-point halftime lead.

  • Thornwell on Naismith Top 30 list

    COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell was named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 list on Thursday by Atlanta Tipoff Club.
    The list is comprised of the nation’s top basketball players under consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year award. Ten semifinalists for the honor will be announced on March 1.
    Thornwell, of Lancaster, is having a career year at USC in the 2016-17 hoops season.

  • Rams cap unbeaten season

    The A.R. Rucker Rams impressively put the finishing touches on an unbeaten basketball season and a conference title with a decisive win over rival South Middle School in the Lancaster High School gym on Wednesday night.
    The Rams charged to a 75-40 win over the Mustangs to wrap up a 17-0 season.
    The Rucker boys’ win came after the Lady Rams cruised to a 41-11 win over the Lady Mustangs.
    The Rams started fast against the Mustangs and were in complete control for the victory.

  • Volunteers drop pair to LC Stallions

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteer teams lost their Region IV-AA games with the Lee Central Stallions on Tuesday night in their final home basketball game of the regular season.
    Lee Central rallied to edge sixth-ranked AJ girls, 39-38 and the No. 4 Stallions topped the sixth-rated Vols, 80-72 in the Vols gym.
    The Lady Vols came out with the lead at the end of the first quarter, 10-7. The Lady Vols scored five unanswered points to lead at the half, 27-19.