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Today's News

  • 7 new gleaming firetrucks

    Seven of the county’s new fire engines are here, and more will be picked up in Roebuck this week.
    The county purchased 18 new vehicles – 10 custom cab engines, two custom cab pumper tankers, five commercial chassis rescue trucks and one commercial chassis tanker – in late 2015 through a $7.2 million bond package.
    So far, seven of the custom cab engines are here. They will be staged at the Antioch, Belltown, Buford, Camp Creek, Flat Creek, McDonald Green and Shiloh Zion volunteer fire departments.  

  • Choking smoke drifts our direction

    Drifting smoke from dozens of wildfires in the  Appalachians have clouded local skies and created unhealthy air for anyone with breathing issues such as asthma, COPD or emphysema.   
    The lingering smoke prompted the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to issue an air-quality alert to the very young and old or anyone with preexisting breathing problems.  

  • Hostage standoff ends after 5 hours

    After a five-hour standoff during which county and state SWAT teams surrounded his home, a Lancaster man was charged this weekend with holding his 19-month-old son and the child’s mother hostage.
    Jason Scott Taylor, 30, of 3821 Camp Creek Road, was arrested early Saturday on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count each of first-degree domestic violence and unlawful neglect of a child.

  • Column: A fun glimpse at a venerable S.C. subculture

    You can hear it before you get there. The dull roar grows louder as you get closer. Like a siren call to the initiated, it means there’s racin’ up ahead – and it’s already started.

  • Column: A beautiful young life lost, a way to help her daughter

    As a manager I have looked at a lot of job applications. I picked up Candace Dry’s on Sept. 26, 2013.
    Under reason for leaving her last job, she wrote “rude and had no responsibility.” I have to meet this girl, I thought.  Sometimes it is hard to interview young people. They are often shy and a little intimidated, without much work or life experience to talk about. Candace, at 19, was none of those things.

  • Teacher calls for more black men in classrooms

    Fifth-grade teacher C.T. Kirk has goals for his students, and a goal for the school system to put more black men in teaching positions.

    Kirk is an author and pastor at Sanctuary of Life Outreach Center in Rock Hill. He said he plans to use those platforms as tools to encourage African-American men to become teachers.

  • LHS runners finish strong

    Staff Reports

    The 2016 Lancaster High School cross country season concluded at the Class AAAA state championship meet at the Sandhills in Columbia on Nov. 5.

    The LHS boys and girls teams performed well in the state qualifier meet to advance to the state and the Bruins finished their season well at the state meet with a host of runners hitting new personal records and/or season-best times.

  • Cox signs with Southern Miss

    Andrew Jackson star golfer Emily Cox is headed south to take her game to the next level.

    Cox, an all-state golfer and the 2016 Class AAA state champion, solidified a verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi University, signing with the Golden Eagles at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday night.

    Cox noted several factors in her decision to attend Southern Miss, a Conference USA member located in Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • Jackets sack Knights, 46-21

    BOONETOWN – The Buford Yellow Jackets, with a strong rush, are playoff-bound.

    Buford, bolstered by a productive ground attack, sealed a Class AA playoff bid with a 46-21 win over North Central on Friday night at the Knights’ field.

    Buford, needing a playoff-clinching win over the host Knights, ignited in the second half and cruised to the 25-point rout.

  • Women’s powerlifters win national crown for Pardue

    HEATH SPRINGS – Pardue’s Iron Club in Heath Springs sports some strong women.

    As it turns out, they are top in the nation.

    A team of Pardue’s Iron Club women powerlifters captured the national title at the 365 Strong Nationals at the Courtyard by Marriott in Charlotte where the meet was held Oct. 29.