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Today's News

  • Inmate to face escape charge

    A prisoner helping Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators escaped briefly Tuesday as he assisted them in searching for stolen guns.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, Raymond Lewis Bailey, 18, of 582 Fork Hill Road, Heath Springs, was with two investigators in the Drywood Avenue area when he tried to run from them about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

    Bailey had been taken from the Lancaster County Detention Center by two investigators to recover guns they say Bailey had stolen during a burglary he had committed earlier in the week.

  • The Citadel to honor Truesdale

    Heath Springs native Regan Truesdale, a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and The Citadel’s all-time leading scorer, will have his jersey honored during halftime of the Bulldogs’ home game with Furman on Saturday.

    Truesdale, a 1981 Andrew Jackson High School graduate, was a three-sport star for the Volunteers during his high school career at AJ.

  • Warriors scalp Rams in league play

    The Indian Land Warriors kept pace in Conference III-A with their fourth win in five games after taking a 64-56 comeback win over Chesterfield.

    The Warriors’ eight-point win gave IL a split after the Lady Rams rolled to a 55-45 win.

    The Warriors, 4-1 in region play, used a balanced attack – four players in double figures in the win.

    Chesterfield led 29-26 at the break, but IL rallied to tie the game at 46 all with a period to play.

  • Habitat for Humanity exceeds fundraising goal

    As the end of 2009 neared, Traci Carnes worried about the fate of the county’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

    Carnes, executive director for the local Habitat affiliate, which helps residents build affordable housing, said the organization needed to raise $15,000 during the last two months of 2009 to continue its work in Lancaster County.

    By the middle of December, Habitat had received $14,400, but was still waiting for the final $600. That’s when Carnes petitioned Lancaster’s Rotary Club, where she said something miraculous happened.

  • A real 'Animal House'

    EDGEMOOR – “Two chickens like this!” the ring man shouts as he reaches inside a crate, pulls out the bird and lifts it into the air.

    Every eye inside the Dixie Stockyard is on the chicken as the bidding starts. 

    The auctioneer immediately barks out a crystal-clear, rhythmic chant trying to coax the most money for the birds from the customers.

    Suddenly, the chant ends just as quickly as it started.

    “Sold,” he yells. The winning bidder smiles and holds up his number for the bookkeeper to see.

  • What will new courtrooms look like?

    As workers prepare to construct flooring at the new county courthouse facilities, county officials are looking for input about the building’s courtrooms.

    On display at the county’s Temporary Judicial Center off S.C. 9 Bypass are plywood mock-ups of the large and small courtrooms, which will be built in the new county courthouse on Main Street in Lancaster.

  • Ice in weather forecast

    Lancaster County could see a “significant icing event” this weekend.

    The National Weather Service placed Lancaster County under a winter storm watch Thursday afternoon. That was expected to change to a warning on Saturday. A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

  • Pie lovers, unite

    If any American food deserves its own celebration, it’s pie. The American Pie Council has declared Jan. 23 as National Pie Day.

    While Americans didn’t create the first pie (it’s believed the Egyptians did about 2000 B.C. before passing it on to the Greeks who spread it throughout the Roman Empire), it somehow evolved into our national dessert.

    That’s strange considering that early pies were predominantly made from inedible rye crusts, goat cheese and honey.

    But as the popularity of pie increased, so did the combinations.

  • KERSHAW On a night when Andrew Jackson honored its hoops heritage, the Volunteers capped the evening with a stirring win.

    AJ boys coach Dale Reeves called his team’s 57-55 comeback win the team’s “best game of the season.”

    “We want to make the playoffs and what you do in region play determines that,” Reeves said. “We knew we had to go out and win here tonight.

    “We were coming off a tough loss at Central, but we maintained our intensity and focus,” Reeves said.

  • Lancers sign Hammond

    Lancaster High School senior pitcher Trevor Hammond will continue to play at LHS’s Doomsday Corner, but with a different team.

    Hammond, after he caps his LHS baseball career this spring, will have two more seasons at the Bruins’ field.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which plays its home games at the LHS park, has signed Hammond to play for the Lancers.

    “I’m really excited about playing at USCL,” Hammond said. “I feel the Lancers’ program is on the rise and I want to be a part of that.