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Today's News

  • Buford cheer top 10 in state finals

    The Buford High School cheer squad didn’t bring home the gold, but Jackets’ coach Julie Thompson was still proud of the BHS effort in the Class AA state cheer finals.

    Buford, with 199 points, placed 10th in the 13-team field.

    “To be in the state’s top 10 in any high school sport is what you shoot for,” Thompson said. “We beat three Class AA schools to finish No. 10 at the state, so we have to be happy about that. Naturally, you want to be No. 1, but there’s a lot of teams who would like to be where we finished this season.”

  • Rensissance Man

    Roaming the streets at The Carolina Renaissance Festival has become old hat for 30-year-old Troy Dunbar. But in true renaissance fashion, that hat has changed into a turban.

    After portraying a wandering poet at the festival for three years, Dunbar is now Arabian sultan Azeen Al-Mullah (“defender of money”) at the 16th- century European-style arts and entertainment festival.     

    And Dunbar, choral director at Lancaster High School, is easy to spot.

  • Bruins, Vols notch wins

    BUFORD Lancaster and Andrew Jackson notched first-round wins to open play in the second annual Jacket Invitational preseason boys basketball tournament at Buford High School on Monday night.

    Lancaster and AJ each advanced to the tournament semifinals with wins.

    Lancaster placed four players in double figures on the way to an 89-52 win over Class AA Cheraw in the evening’s opening session.

    LHS held a 16-13 edge after one period before breaking open the game with a 32-17 second-quarter run to take a 48-30 intermission advantage on the Braves.

  • Breaking News Jury finds Cauthen guilty in murder case

    After two hours of deliberations, a jury convicted David Cauthen in the murder of his estranged girlfriend, Brenda Steen, on Friday, but Cauthen still denies committing the crime.

    “I didn't kill Ms. Steen,” Cauthen said in a quiet voice to Circuit Judge John Few before Few sentenced him to life in prison.

    Steen, 36, was Cauthen's on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. She was stabbed six times on Oct. 17, 2004, and her body was found in a culvert under Camp Creek Road on Oct. 19, 2004.

  • Habitat hopes to raise $15,000

    Despite recent fundraisers and an ongoing tool drive, members of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County are hoping for more help from the community.

    Gigi Biggerstaff, a member of Habitat’s board, said the organization’s recent work on two houses on Caskey Lane in Lancaster was a success, giving eight people a place to live.

    But she said finishing the houses cost more than estimated. That combined with the sluggish economy has created a need for increased donations, she said.

  • Welcome home

    If you see Garen Hicks around town, he might not have much to say.

    The black bracelet he wears says what words can’t.

    He wears it as a memorial to his friend and fellow 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade member U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Carlo Robinson.

    A Hope, Ark., native, the 33-year-old Robinson was killed Jan. 17, 2009, when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Kabul when his patrol was attacked.

    Robinson was one of 17 of that unit’s soldiers killed during a 15-month deployment in Afghanistan.

  • Small fry South all-stars keep rolling

     

  • Lady Warriors, Devils earn elite preseason state ratings

    Two Lancaster area teams are listed among the top 10 in preseason high school basketball polls.

    Indian Land is No. 2 in the girls Class A poll, while Great Falls is listed third in the boys Class A state poll.

    Indian Land, 19-6 last season, captured the Conference III-A title with a 12-0 mark. The Lady Warriors were eliminated in the second round of the Class A Upper State playoffs.

    Great Falls, the Class A state runner-up to Calhoun County last March, is led by veteran coach John Smith, a Lancaster native and former Blue Hurricanes basketball standout.

  • Van Wyck to spread holiday joy with parade

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck will spread holiday cheer by holding its first Christmas parade with special guest Santa Claus at noon Dec. 12.

    The parade will start at the Van Wyck Post Office at the corner of Old Hickory Road and Steele Hill Road, and follow Old Hickory Road to the Van Wyck Community Center, organizers said.

  • Twilight train ride

    In a 38-year professional music career, Ricky Skaggs has pretty much seen it all. Now he’s seen just a little more.

    Arm in arm with his daughter, Molly, and his son, Luke, the Skaggs were afforded a special treat Saturday, courtesy of L&C Railway and See Lancaster.

    The Skaggs family, and their respective bands, Kentucky Thunder and Songs of Water, enjoyed a L&C luxury train ride excursion to the Catawba River and back before performing at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday night.