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Today's News

  • 2 Dems plead their case at local party meeting

    Two of the three Democrats in the hunt for the 5th District U.S. House seat visited Lancaster on Thursday night trying to convince members of the local Democratic Party why they are the best choice in the upcoming special election.
    Les Murphy told the crowd of about 30 partisans he is the statesman that District 5 needs. A statesman, he said, differs from a politician in that a statesman takes care of those who elect him.  

  • 4 arrests made in arson case

    A Lancaster man who apparently differed with family members about what to do with his late mother’s house allegedly enticed his son, his son’s girlfriend and her uncle to help him burn it down last month for the insurance money, sheriff’s office investigators said.
    John Timothy “Tim” Barton, 55, Dustin Lee Barton, 29, Chasity Lynn Hughes, 27 and Michael Anthony Hughes, 43, were all arrested this week in connection with a March 8 blaze that destroyed a home at 1313 Cedar Pine Lake Road.

  • ‘You go home, hug your kids… and you made it one more day’

    Rescuers lean on each other to get through the night
    Kayla Vaughn
    kvaughn@thelancasternews.com
    Most of Buford’s volunteer firefighters were headed home from their day jobs April 6 when their pagers went off.
    Billy Morris, chief of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department, arrived first at the demolished home on Pageland Highway. He radioed for help, calling it in as “entrapment,” saying two people were inside.

  • Cavalry is coming

    Mandy Catoe
    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com
    When a neighbor is in need, the Buford community rallies.
    R.L. Parham, owner of Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, felt compelled to help the family of Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a falling tree crushed her home.
    Over the past few days, he has enlisted more than a dozen local businesses and scores of volunteers to help stage a community fundraiser next Saturday. The plan is sort of a combination street festival and garage sale, with all proceeds going to the family.

  • Shots fired into 2 cars, man charged

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly firing shots into two cars occupied by a total of five adults and five children.
    Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
    Blair’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the county detention center.

  • Jayvee softball teams capture tourney titles

    Lorie Sellers

    For The Lancaster News

    CAMDEN – Buford and Indian Land junior varsity softball teams captured tournament titles played at the Larry Doby Fields in Camden earlier this month.

    The fields, part of the Kershaw County Recreation Department, are named in honor of Larry Doby, the Camden native who was the first black player in the American League.

  • Sanchez-Gelpke to lead LCPRC youth swim team

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Piranhas swim team will have a new coach for the upcoming summer season.

    The team will be led by Daniela Sanchez-Gelpke, who came to Lancaster from Huntersville, N.C., with her husband, Ray, and son, Devan. 

    Coach Sanchez-Gelpke has more than 20 years of coaching experience in competitive swimming and has coached summer league swim teams in Huntersville and Cumming, Ga.

  • Vols golfers win two, up record to 5-4

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers upped their record to 5-4 on the golf season, topping a tri-match at the White Plains Country Club in Pageland on Thursday.

    The Vols shot a 176 to 189 for McBee and 237 for the Central Eagles.

    Emily Cox and Mason Sowell each shot a 40, followed by Dakota Roberts' 42 and Andrew Bowers' 54.

    Raegen Brewer carded a 57, her lowest round of the season.

  • Prep baseball roundup: Jackets down Tigers in tourney

    The Buford High School baseball team capped play in the Founders Federal Credit Union Spring Break Classic at Cheraw High School with an 11-5 win over Wilson High School of Florence on Tuesday afternoon.

    The six-run Jackets win gave BHS a third-place finish in the two-day tournament field with a 1-3-1 record.

    Buford went 0-2-1 on opening day Monday at Cheraw High, falling to Central, Cheraw and finishing in a 0-0 tie with Wilson of Florence due to the tournament time limit.

  • Column – Norman: Why I am running for Congress

    Editor’s note: We have offered the 5th District congressional candidates one column apiece to make the case for why they’re the best choice.

    I believe in America because I believe in South Carolina’s 5th District.
    Over the past two months, I have traveled this district. While the individuals I met each had different perspectives, different experiences, different challenges and different hopes, they were all bound by an unabashed optimism. They see, as I do, the incredible potential of our state and country.