Today's News

  • McGriff's BHS playmaker

    Buford High School senior Desmond McGriff has gone from nearly not playing to the Jackets’ playmaker.

    Last winter after the Jackets’ playoff basketball season, McGriff pondered the notion of a total focus on basketball.

    It didn’t happen and McGriff, a 5-8, 150-pound performer, is glad.

    “My friends really talked to me back into playing football and urged me to play,” he said.

  • Lady Bruins host county tournament

    The Lancaster County preseason volleyball tournament is Saturday at the Lancaster High School gym.

    The field includes all four county schools.

    Play opens at 9 a.m. when Lancaster faces Andrew Jackson and Buford battles Indian Land.

    The 10:30 a.m. matches have Lancaster meeting Buford and AJ battling Indian Land. At noon, Lancaster meets Indian Land and AJ faces Buford.

    The title game is set for 1:30 p.m. when the consolation match will also be played.

  • LHS youth cheer campers to cheer at halftime

    Lancaster High School 2010 cheer camp participants need to report to Memorial Stadium tonight to perform during halftime of the LHS-Andrew Jackson football game.This is a change from the original plan of cheering during first and second quarters. The campers are the girls who participated in the summer camps in the LHS gym.

    A S.C. High School rule prohibits the girls on the field during the game.

    Parents should bring their child, in camp attire, to the field level with five minutes left in the second period. For details, call (803) 285-8509.

  • Police seek suspect in Aug. 22 home invasion

    The Lancaster Police Department has issued warrants for a man suspected of a recent home invasion during which a shot was fired.

    The police department is looking for Danquintan Lemark “LA” Johnson, 19, of 415 E. Dunlap St., or 2208 Caroline Court.

    He is being charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawful entry of a dwelling.

  • Suspect shoots himself during robbery attempt

    A robber shot himself in the arm during a home invasion Sunday and has been charged with several crimes in two separate incidents, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    Carlis Wayne Oliver Jr., 35, of 1855 Colton Way, has been charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the home invasion.

    Oliver has also been charged with armed robbery in connection with a robbery at The Forks convenience store on Aug. 7.

  • Three face charges in home invasion

    Three people have been charged in a home invasion at a Crenson Drive home late last Thursday.

    Sharon Teresa Dixon, 25, of 1834 Steele St., Benjamin Demarquay Caskey, 19, of 1888 Emma Circle, and Tyrese Tyrell White, 18, of 4129 Old Camden Highway, Heath Springs, have each been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

    Dixon has been charged with robbery while armed or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon, and Caskey and White have been charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Riverside ‘struggling’ with manpower issues

    Riverside Volunteer Fire Department was at a crossroads.

    The year was 2005. The issue was the future of the department.

    Jeff Walden, then the assistant chief and now the chief, set up a meeting. He called it a “commitment meeting.”

    “We were struggling with manpower, struggling to keep the doors open,” Walden said. “There was a lot of grumbling going on about changes in county, state and federal requirements.”

    Walden wanted everyone there to commit to moving the department forward.

  • A mixed plate

    American food has always been a melting pot. While that’s true in every region of the country, it’s especially true in Hawaii.

    Its cuisine is a kaleidescope of tastes that came about from ethnic groups that immigrated there.

    A fusion of cultures – American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian and Portuguese – come together on the island state.

    Many of those immigrants imported plant and food sources with them when they relocated to the volcanic island.

  • Cooking with herbs

    For years, I’ve heard cooking experts extol the virtues of using fresh herbs to transform ordinary meals into extraordinary meals.

    That kind of talk got my attention.

    But instead of picking fresh herbs at the grocery store, I decided to grow my own.

    Guess what? They were right.

    I have become a planter box cook, with basil, rosemary and thyme growing right outside our back door.

    They not only boost flavor, they also allow you to cut back on salt, fat and sugar to allow for a cleaner taste.

  • Local input sought on Thread Trail

    Lancaster County is hosting sessions this month to solicit input from residents as the initial step in a countywide master planning process for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread).

    The Thread is a network of trails, greenways, blueways and conservation corridors linking 15 counties in North and South Carolina. It offers opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, paddling and connecting with nature. 

    The Thread is made up of segments that are designed, built and owned by the counties and municipalities through which the trail network is woven.