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Today's News

  • Wells, Thompson enjoy all-star experience

    MYRTLE BEACH A week at the beach ended with a loss, but Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells  and Lancaster High School linebacker Dawan Thompson still sported smiles Saturday afternoon.

    Wells and Thompson were members of the North stars in the 61st annual North-South All-Star football game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The South stars, snapping a three-game skid, notched a 24-14 win over the North in the game which draws the top senior football players from across the state to the Grand Strand.

  • Paper plant workers face furloughs

    An area paper plant is feeling the effects of a slow economy, and has made plans to furlough more than 100 employees.

    AbitibiBowater, located just across the Lancaster County line in Catawba, will shut down one of its three paper machines for one month in an effort to save money.

    The No. 1 machine, which creates paper from pulp, is operated by 123 people, which includes 101 production employees and 22 maintenance workers. Those people will be temporarily out of work from March 1 through March 31. Employees will be back to work starting April 1.

  • Hagins had a passion for swimming

    A woman who taught Lancaster County residents to swim for more than a generation and who was also active in Girl Scouting, on the local Red Cross board and served as a school board member for 12 years died Tuesday.

    Known for her love of the water, Barbara “Bobbie” Mealing Hagins, 73, taught many Lancaster County residents in beginner, intermediate and advanced swimming classes, as well as lifesaving classes and instructor training.

  • Share the love

    When I walked into the Buford Little General Store one day earlier this month, co-owner Missy West handed me a cupcake.

    “Try it,” she said. Never one to argue, I did.

    “This is pretty good,” I said. “Did you make these?”

    Missy wasted little time with a reply.

    “Yep,” she said. “Now it’s your turn,” before handing me a Ziploc bag of something resembling pancake batter and a cake recipe for Amish Friendship Bread.

    “First Day, Feb. 7,” was written on the bag.

  • Year in Review ee" #6

    Though the bad may have overshadowed the good, there was good economic news in Lancaster County in 2008.

    Continental Tire North America announced in February it would wheel its Charlotte headquarters into a new building in Indian Land in 2009.

    The tire manufacturer will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, an $11 million investment. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2009.

  • Habitat names board members

    The Lancaster County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity announced several new board members Tuesday.

    Traci Watterson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity’s Lancaster office, said the officers were named at the organization’s monthly board meeting.

    Mike Barnes was named president, while Doris Hood was named vice president. Hood is a retired teacher from Lancaster High School.

  • Officers make drug arrest in Darlington Co.

    Lancaster County drug agents assisted in stopping a supply of drugs coming into the county on Feb. 12.

    Drug agents received information about a drug deal from an informant, said Lt. Ryan McLemore. Local officers arranged for a deal to be made with the suspect in Hartsville, and were assisted by the State Law Enforcement Division and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers.

    Willie Lee Huggins, 23, of Hartsville, has been charged by SLED with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.

  • Troopers ready for New Year’s holiday

    Law officers are out in full force in an attempt to help keep roads safe this New Year’s holiday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is running its Sober or Slammer campaign, which targets drunk driving, through Sunday.  

    Troopers are patrolling all of the county’s main highways, such as U.S. 521, S.C. 200 and S.C. 9, as well as secondary roads.

    Motorists can expect to run into checkpoints today through the weekend, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin. The Highway Patrol has also established teams of troopers that are specifically targeting drunk drivers.

  • Lancers split with Stanley, host Pioneers

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team dropped its first-ever loss, falling in the second game of a home twin bill with Stanley (N.C.) Community College on Friday afternoon at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The Lancers, 3-1, opened the doubleheader, blanking Stanley 10-0 in five innings before dropping a 10-3 loss in the nightcap.