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Today's News

  • Rush-hour agony on S.C. 160

    It’s 8 a.m. Friday, full-on rush hour in Indian Land as thousands of drivers head out to work or school.
    Cars stack up at stoplights in the usual hot spots on U.S. 521 around Indian Land’s schools and points north. But at least the mass of vehicles is moving.
    That is not the case along S.C. 160.
    Atop the hill near Lowe’s, where the highway turns to meet 521, it’s bumper-to-bumper vehicles for the better part of a mile. Nearly every brake light is shining. Cars move forward a few feet, then stop again.

  • DSS chief Chapman will retire Sept. 30

    Janice Chapman, director of the Lancaster County Department of Social Services, will retire at the end of this month after 30 years at the agency.
    "I have given it all I have had. I leave with peace," Chapman said Thursday in her small, tidy office in the DSS building on Pageland Highway.
    "I feel like I have done what I was supposed to do. It's like my purpose here has been fulfilled."  

  • Clemson invites public on virtual ag tour

    Clemson University is organizing a physical or online tour of South Carolina agriculture for Sept. 26-29.
    You can take a virtual tour by following Clemson Public Service and Agriculture’s social network sites during the four days. Images, videos and text will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. To follow the tour, use #ClemsonAgTour. Information also will be available online.

  • Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

    Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has been elected vice chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, a 61-year-old Lancaster native, is a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs. He has represented the 6th Judicial Circuit on the board of trustees since 2011. He was elected vice chairman Aug. 19.
    Speaking about his new role Saturday morning, Mobley compared the vice chair’s job to that of a “second-string quarterback” who might have to step in at a moment’s notice.

  • 15 Years Later

    Buford Middle School held its seventh-annual 9/11 commemoration Friday, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago and honoring local emergency workers, firefighters, police and military veterans.
    The gym fell silent as the ceremony began. The middle schoolers were not yet born when the tragedy occurred, but their faces displayed seriousness and understanding of the events.
    BMS Principal Sheri Wells opened the ceremony, telling the audience about the plane crashes, the fatalities, the buildings that collapsed.

  • State champion Lady Jackets to be honored

    The Class AA state champion Buford High School Lady Jackets softball team will be honored during a special ceremony at halftime of the Buford vs. Parkwood football game at Jackets Stadium tonight.
    The Lady Jackets, who finished 24-5 last spring, will be presented their state championship rings at halftime of the football game.
    Buford defeated Dillon, the Class AA Lower State champion, to take the best-of-three series, 2-1 on May 20.

  • Rams open with win over Mustangs

    The A.R. Rucker Rams, sparked by running back Nigel Moore, rolled to a 26-8 win over Lancaster area football rival South Middle School on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
    Moore scored on runs of 60, 65 and 90 yards in the Mustangs’ 18-point win.
    Moore’s 90-yard scoring scamper came after the Rams held the Mustangs out of the end zone when SMS drove deep into Rucker territory to open the second half.
    Moore’s long TD dash put the Rams up, 20-8 and they added another touchdown to seal the win.

  • IL’s Albino catching on

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School senior wide receiver Ryan Albino is getting his kicks with his hands.
    Albino, a 6-1, 175-pounder in his third season with the Warriors’ football team, is making the most of his senior campaign.
    To date, Albino is IL’s top receiver with 11 catches for 135 yards, 12.2 yards a catch, and a touchdown with no drops.
    Albino’s biggest catch came in the Warriors’ 41-35 overtime home win over county rival Buford High on Aug. 26.

  • Lady Jackets down Rams

    The Buford High School volleyball team stayed unbeaten in Region IV-AA play with a 3-0 win over Chesterfield on Tuesday. The Lady Jackets downed the Lady Rams, 25-15, 25-6 and 25-19.
    Buford hosted North Central on Thursday in a battle of unbeaten region teams.
    North Central defeated Cheraw in its last match, winning 25-11, 25-14 and 25-11.
    AJ girls win
    The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers posted a pair of volleyball wins in recent Region IV-AA action.

  • LHS cross country has fast start

    The Lancaster High School cross country teams opened their seasons with a fast start in a meet on Aug. 30.
    “This year we have our largest team ever with over 35 total runners,” LHS coach Josh Pauling said. “It is exciting to see them participating and putting in the hard work to improve and be competitive in a new region this year.”
    The LHS girls topped the field with 59 points.
    The Lady Bruins were paced by Sydney Cauthen, 7, 25:15; Heather McCain, 8, 26:23; Sara Ava Shrum, 13, 27:46; Veronica Kail, 14, 27:48; Devan Moore, 17, 28:30.