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Today's News

  • Lady Volunteers return solid cast for volleyball campaign

    The Andrew Jackson High School Lady Volunteers return six players from their 2016 Class AA Upper State playoff team this fall.
    Veteran AJ Lady Vols volleyball coach John Verdugo has five seniors among the returnees, including middle and outside hitter Makaylen Crosby, setter Hannah Vincent, middle hitter Lyndsay Taylor, outside hitter Savannah Small and defensive specialist Raegen Brewer.
    Crosby, the team’s block-kills team leader last season, is a returning all-region player, while Vincent was the AJ assists team leader last fall.

  • Column: Reinventing public education in S.C.

    Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.
    Now I know that sounds like extreme hyperbole, but bear with me on this one, I think I’m right.
    First, about Scoppe and her idea.

  • Pointy ears, curly tail? Might be a Carolina Dog

    “What kind of dog is that?” I asked my cousin that question in amazement as I noticed his dog’s extraordinary ability to flush rabbits through the thickets and how it bayed on the trail.
    I then learned about a re-discovered type of primitive dog roaming the Southeastern United States, masquerading as an everyday stray.

  • Owl recovering after family saves her on roadway

    On the night of Aug. 12, Phillip Pegram and his family noticed that cars were slowing in front of their house. They found an adult barred owl lying in the middle of the road.
    “She was beautiful,” Pegram recalls. “She looked fine. We couldn’t see any blood or any obvious signs of damage.”
    But they knew something was wrong, because she didn’t try to fly away from them. Perhaps a car had hit her in mid-flight.

  • Charity ride reaps $10K, 1,843 pounds of food for HOPE

    The S.C. Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association, with the help of the Black Sheep Jeep Club, delivered 1,843 pounds of food to HOPE in Lancaster on Aug. 26 with its sixth-annual charity drive.
    The ride included stops at Barron Masonic Lodge in Heath Springs, Camp Creek, Flat Rock, Indian Land, Jackson, Macedonia in Jefferson and Wannamaker masonic lodges.
    Supporters also raised $10,158 through an auction and raffled off several door prizes donated by local businesses that stepped up to help. There was also a cake auction and a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings.

  • Rich Hill fire station expansion expedited

    The county will front Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department $250,000 from the General Fund so that planned upgrades at the department’s rural fire station can move ahead.
    County council unanimously approved the expenditure Monday night.
    “This is a good way for us to show our support of the fire service,” said Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, noting that the money is ultimately coming from the resale of 18 used fire trucks owned by the county.

  • Thornwell enjoys return to hoop roots

    Sindarius Thornwell – “Sin City” – was back in the Red Rose City and he took in the memorable moment Saturday.
    Thornwell, the Los Angeles Clippers rookie and Lancaster native, returned for two youth basketball camps, one at the Springdale Rec Center, and another at Lancaster High School, where he played three years for the Bruins.

  • IL post office site generates friction

    U.S. Postal Service officials got more feedback than expected from Indian Land residents Thursday during a raucous two-hour meeting about a proposed Panhandle post office.
    The meeting at York Technical College’s Indian Land Center on Rosemont Drive drew a standing-room crowd of more than 80 people for the first step in the community feedback and solicitation process.

  • $6M plant to be built just outside Lancaster

    The state has lured another overseas manufacturer and this one is coming to an under-development industrial park in Lancaster County.
    Gov. Henry McMaster announced late Thursday that Don Construction Products (DCP) is launching its first U.S. manufacturing plant at KCH Industrial Park on Kershaw Camden Highway.
    The initial project, which is expected to create 21 jobs, is a $6.2 million capital investment.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper said he couldn’t be more pleased by the company’s decision to come here.

  • A deadly night on Arch Street

    About this story: Lancaster’s most disturbing news this year has been street shootings that have left five young men dead, others wounded and neighborhoods terrorized. Scott Grant, police chief since March, often patrols the streets late at night. Reporter Hannah L. Strong was riding with Grant at the moment 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was gunned down. This is the story of that night.