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Today's News

  • South edges Rucker for hoops crown

    The South Middle School Mustangs won a nail-biter, and the victory gave SMS the opportunity to hoist its index finger as the district champion.

    South capped a sweep of rival A.R. Rucker with a 36-35 win over the Rams on Wednesday night at the Lancaster High School gym.

    The Mustangs’ one-point win came after the South girls took a 27-20 win.

    The boys game was a battle to the wire.

    Rucker’s Tyler Trimnal tallied a trey with three seconds to play to slice the gap to one, 36-35.

  • Wingate a good fit for Payne

    Lancaster High School football standout Blake Payne said Wingate University is the right place for him.

    Wingate will be part of Payne’s football future after he signed to play with the Bulldogs in the LHS conference room on Wednesday morning.

    “When I visited there, I felt welcomed,” Payne said. “The campus is nice and the coaches are real nice.

    “Wingate is close to home, less than an hour away,” he said. “It felt like the right place for me.”

  • Help for honeybees

    Once warm weather gets here, local honeybees will have 10 acres of new bee-friendly food plots in the county to forage for pollen.
    The Lancaster County Beekeepers Association planted the plots through a $2,500 grant from the national Bayer Feed a Bee initiative.
    “Our honeybees are having a challenge finding adequate food forage due to seasonal droughts, as well as land being developed,” said local beekeeper Dale Starnes.
    The local beekeepers’ plot project was one of 71 projects in 34 states selected for the grants by Bayer.

  • Filing ends Monday for Heath Springs council

    Noon on Monday is the deadline for individuals to file as candidates for the upcoming Heath Springs Town Council special election.
    A special election will be held April 17 to fill the unexpired two-year council term of Eddie Moore, who was elected as Heath Springs mayor last November. The at-large nonpartisan council seat became vacant in January after Moore was sworn in as mayor.

    Requirements
    To file, candidates must be a resident of Heath Springs and must be a legal resident of the town 30 days prior to the election.

  • Rick Quinn Jr. to be sentenced in corruption case

    Sentencing is expected Monday for former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn Jr., who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in December as the result of the State House corruption probe.
    Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is expected to take up the case during a hearing in Beaufort at 9:30 a.m., according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

  • Giving up on private practice

    Dr. Kenneth Baker is giving up his OB-GYN practice in Lancaster and moving to Arkansas.
    The 59-year-old physician didn’t want to relocate, but the medical industry’s changing economics have left him little choice.
    A decade ago, Baker’s practice was earning him about $150,000 a year. Now, he says, that’s down to barely $60,000. To make ends meet, he has taken on work as a substitute physician, traveling across the Carolinas to do fill-in shifts.

  • Glitch causes $1M tax shortfall

    An unexplained computer glitch caused 24 Indian Land industrial properties to receive no county property tax bills, throwing off incoming tax revenues by more than $1 million and sending officials scrambling for answers.

  • Parnell rallies county Dems for rematch

    Local Democrats held their county convention Thursday night, electing officers, plotting election-year strategy and hearing from candidates for Congress and governor.
    Archie Parnell, running for the 5th District congressional seat for a second time, spoke briefly to the packed crowd at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. So did Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and Kirkland Smith, the wife of state Rep. James Smith of Columbia.
    Willis, James Smith and Charleston businessman Phil Noble are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • A tradition of giving

    From release

    COLUMBIA – After a nationwide tour, a multimedia exhibit chronicling the tradition of African-American philanthropy will make its S.C. debut starting Saturday at the Richland Main Library.

  • West Oak halts IL’s state wrestling title run

    West Oak will defend its Class AAA state wrestling championship Saturday afternoon.

    The unbeaten WOHS Warriors, 26-0, won a battle of Warriors teams in defeating Region IV-AAA champion Indian Land, 49-15 for the Class AAA Upper State championship on Wednesday night at West Oak High School.

    The ILHS Warriors, who finished a school-record 27-4, saw their state title run end with the loss.

    West Oak, in the Class AAA state finals for the third time in four years, forged an early lead and stayed in control for the 34-point win.