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Today's News

  • Lady Jackets continue soccer progress

    The Buford High Lady Jackets are in their second season of varsity soccer and the BHS booters continue to make solid strides.
    BHS, which earned a playoff bid and postseason win in its first season of soccer last spring, is 8-7 on the 2016 campaign, which includes a 2-1 mark in Region IV-AA play.

  • Warriors honor mat stars

    The Indian Land Warriors saluted a host of standout wrestlers at the annual ILHS and middle school wrestling awards April 5.
    The ILHS Warriors finished 18-11 and ranked ninth in the final Class AA-A state wrestling poll.
    Senior Will Van Hoose, who posted a 42-3 record and finished third in the Class A-AA state field at 195, was honored as ILHS varsity’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. He was also selected to the North-South All-Star wrestling Classic as one of the top senior grapplers in the state.

  • Destructive blight found on tomatoes in Beaufort

    Clemson University

    Late blight disease, the most destructive and infectious disease affecting tomatoes and Irish potatoes, has been reported this week on tomatoes in a home garden in Beaufort County.
    The diseased plants have been destroyed, but further spread of late blight to other areas of South Carolina is likely if the fungal-like pathogen arrived via spores blown up from Florida. To make matters worse, the cool, cloudy and wet weather in large parts of the state created ideal conditions for escalation.

  • Column: S.C. House bill confirms party caucuses are public

    This editorial ran in thenerve.org, an online publication of the S.C. Policy Council, an independent, nonprofit research group promoting free-market policies and government transparency.

    Exactly one year ago, The Nerve’s Rick Brundrett published a story on how legislative caucuses – the General Assembly’s partisan strategizing organizations – somehow get to avoid being designated as public entities. This despite the fact that they meet, rent-free, in public office space and by definition deal with public business.

  • Column: Jettisoning pervasive negativity

    A few news items, two from South Carolina and two national:
    Item one: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called David Pascoe (the special prosecutor that Wilson appointed) a “liar” over his handling of a public corruption case.
    It began with a barrage of harsh words from Wilson delivered with great heat and passion and ended with a flurry of papers filed in court. Gov. Nikki Haley called the whole thing “an embarrassing mess.”  There’s no reason to think it won’t continue for a while.

  • County rezones 45 acres near HGM

    The Lancaster County Council met Monday night and passed a Haile Gold Mine rezoning ordinance that changes 45 acres from rural residential/intense agriculture district to mining district. The three vacant parcels are on Gold Mind Highway, Snowy Owl Road and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    The land is surrounded by properties already zoned for mining and was needed for a bridge to be built over Highway 601. “Those huge dump trucks tear up the highway. This bridge will keep them off the highway,” County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • 521 overpass to close this weekend

    The overpass at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 will be closed to northbound traffic this weekend and next as S.C. Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs.
    Lancaster County SCDOT District 4 Engineer John McKay said the bridge would be closed from 4 or 5 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon both weekends as crews work to patch the road deck on the nearly 40-year-old bridge.
    Traffic onto S.C. 5 will be detoured to the median crossover just past the bridge, a detour of less than two-tenths of a mile.

  • New reporter joins TLN staff

    Mandy Catoe has joined The Lancaster News as a general assignment reporter and photographer. She covers the county and education beats.  
    Mandy has lived in Lancaster since 2005 and has a varied background in human services, organic farming, sports and music festivals and is a registered yoga teacher.
    She graduated magna cum laude from Winthrop and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer throughout her life.

  • Fires displace 2 families early Thursday morning
  • City fund to help businesses start, expand

    The city of Lancaster will create an economic development incentive fund to help promote and recruit local commercial businesses within its borders.
    City council unanimously voted Tuesday night to use the $25,000 it had originally budgeted for its 2015-16 Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. membership/participation dues as a start.
    City officials severed ties with the in-limbo LCEDC in November 2015, choosing instead to support the county’s new economic development department.