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Today's News

  • USCL soccer gearing for new season

    The University of South Carolina soccer program is gearing up for the 2016 season.
    The Lancers booters are under new leadership, with head coach Alex Tarque and his son, Christian “KiKi” Tarque.
    Sarah Katherine DeVenny will also assist with the Lancers’ women’s soccer program.
    Since last spring when Tarque took charge of the USCL soccer program following the departure of former coach Randy Jordan, he has been busy working to build the program.
    Tarque has recruited players from the area for both programs.

  • Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 Kershaw slaying

    A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Kershaw man during an argument at the victim’s home.
    Ronald Eugene Reed Jr., 42, formerly of 3591 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Lancaster County General Session Court, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
    Reed is one of two suspects in the Aug. 21, 2013, shooting death of 30-year-old Bryan Matthew Hatchel at his home on Harold Faulkenberry Road.

  • Losing Duracell costly to city, county, schools

    Melanie Outlaw can’t recall ever riding by the Duracell plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West and not seeing cars in the parking lot.
    But with the battery manufacturer’s recent announcement that it was shutting down production by 2019 and cutting  430 jobs, she realizes that day is coming.
    “I have to admit I thought they’d be here forever,” said Outlaw, who is executive director of United Way of Lancaster County. “Duracell is a good, viable company that’s always been an active partner in the community.

  • New clues in Kershaw equipment theft

    Staff report
    A heavy truck stolen in Kershaw Feb. 8 has turned up in Richland County, and surveillance footage from where it was found has given the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office new clues about the theft of the truck and some equipment stolen with it.
    The truck, a 1989 Ford F-450 service truck, was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Lynnfield Street in Kershaw, along with a 7-ton trailer, an excavator and a number of tools. Home video surveillance footage showed the truck being driven away, but provided few useful clues.

  • Duke alerts customers about new phone scam

    Duke Energy is warning the public about a new, aggressive scam targeting the company's S.C. customers, using sophisticated telephone technology to make the crime harder to detect.
    Duke says customers are receiving an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The scammer warns that Duke will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make a payment very quickly.

  • LSS slates Pure Stock V8 debut, M&M Garage Extreme 4 showdown

    Lancaster Super Speedway will be providing plenty of racing action to the fans and drivers Saturday night.
    Debuting this Saturday is the Pure Stock V8 Division, and fans and drivers have wanted this division at LSS for a while now.
    The Pure Stock V8 Division provides some of the best racing at area tracks on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Drivers such as Wally Cook, Jerry Knight, Eric Cochran and many more are expected to be here to give the LSS half-mile dirt track a test Saturday night.

  • Former USC lineman boost team

    It was all on the line Monday night at the Lancaster Moose Lodge.
    The Lancaster County Gamecock Club held its annual kickoff cookout and the guys known for the bulk and beef held the line.
    Former Gamecocks linemen Langston Moore, Travelle Wharton and Fran Person each took a little time to address the gathering of Gamecocks.
    Moore, the sideline reporter for the Gamecock Radio Network, handled most of the mic time.

  • Randy was on target with AJ stats, coverage

    Veteran Andrew Jackson High School football fans can easily recall if the Volunteers had a landmark gridiron effort, they could quickly flip to the back of the AJ football program to see if the mark had been shattered.
    If not, they could see how close the AJ athlete came, or possibly how much he topped an old Vols’ milestone.
    I’ve often referenced the information, a reliable tool for any sports reporter following up on a major play in a big game.

  • Teams focus on contact

    Lancaster County high school football coaches will have a better idea about their respective teams as the squads near their first scrimmage sessions this weekend.
    Buford, under third-year head coach Tripp Watts, will get the jump on its country gridiron brethren with a scrimmage at McBee today.
    The Jackets, coming off a 6-5 season, will battle the host MHS Panthers and Hannah-Pamplico in a three-way session today at the Panthers’ field where play begins at 6 p.m.

  • Column: Rudy is right and Phil is fooling himself!

    Hello, Lancaster residents. I’ve been laid up for a while with some health issues, but I’m back.
    I want to start with Rudy Schmidt’s Wednesday column, headlined “The real root of racial violence.” Rudy is wasting his time. Liberals will never get it. Every stat he mentioned is a fact. Just Google Justice Department stats on crime, and there it is.
    But to a liberal, facts mean nothing. My father, a lifelong Democrat, told me, “If you ever want to confuse a liberal, use logic and facts.” They don’t want the truth.