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Today's News

  • Small looms large for Jackets

    BUFORD – Dalton Small is Buford’s little big man. Small, at 5-8, 170 pounds, isn’t the biggest player, but whatever it takes, he will come up big for the Jackets football team.
    “Dalton is a big asset to our team,” BHS coach Tripp Watts said. “He will do anything to help the team. Dalton is a true team player.”
    Small, a two-year starter for the Jackets and a four-year player, is a two-way starter.
    “The biggest thing about Dalton is he doesn’t come off the field,” Watts said.

  • Pottery studio tour

    Lancaster County is holding its first pottery tour this Saturday, with five local potters opening their studios to visitors.

    The free event will allow visitors to see live pottery demonstrations, meet the artists and shop around. Participants can begin their tour at any of the studios. 

    The Lancaster stops include Dianne Mahafee’s studio at 2875 New Hope Road, Elizabeth Lee’s studio at 2945 Aero Lane, Alan Noll’s studio at 2027 Standing Timber Road and Valerie Hawkins’ studio at 3458 Flat Creek Road.

  • Fall colors off to early start across mountains

    Jonathan Veit 

    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – A dry 2016 coupled with a late summer cold front brought on by Tropical Storm Irma has jumpstarted fall color in the southern Appalachians.

    Clemson University forest ecologist Don Hagan, in his annual fall foliage assessment, reports that the bounty of fall colors enjoyed by so many leaf lookers and businesses is seven to 10 days ahead of schedule in some areas.

  • Column: Time for a leadership transition in S.C. and for New Democrats

    In the Chinese language, the symbol is the same for crisis and opportunity. For both the state of South Carolina and for the Democratic Party – this truly is a time of both crisis and opportunity.

    First our state’s crisis. Anyone who reads a newspaper knows our state is at the beginning of a political corruption and ethics crisis the likes of which we have not seen in a generation. And add to this the huge, related $9 billion nuclear scandal with SCANA, Santee Cooper and the legislature.

  • 2 men seriously hurt in unrelated shootings

    Two men were seriously injured Wednesday night in unrelated shootings in different parts of Lancaster County.
    The names of the men were not released, and no arrests had been made at press time. Both victims were airlifted for treatment of their injuries.
    The first incident happened a little after 6 p.m. in the 5000 block of Pleasant Plains Road in Kershaw, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • City council cheers Dixie Darlings team

    Lancaster’s Dixie Darlings softball team took its bows at this week’s city council meeting, and Mayor John Howard read a proclamation congratulating the team on its dominant run to the Dixie World Series.
    The 8-and-under all-stars were District 2 champions, South Carolina state champions and finished No. 2 in the World Series.
    Howard read the proclamation after the pledge and invocation at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

  • Howard tangles with council members in tense exchange

    At Tuesday’s Lancaster City Council meeting, council members Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood and Tamara Green Garris got into a testy exchange with Mayor John Howard about his recent stroke and an earlier council vote.
    After the heated words, Garris, the mayor pro tem, tried to calm the waters.  
    “We want to be respectful towards each other,” she said, “and we don’t want the public to think we’re up here fussing and fighting all the time.”

  • United Way sets target at $425,000

    United Way of Lancaster County kicked off its 2017-18 campaign Thursday, setting a $425,000 goal, almost 9 percent more than the drive raised last year.
    Meeting this year’s goal won’t be easy, said United Way Executive Director Deborah Boulware. One reason is that one of the drive’s biggest contributors in the past, Duracell, is cutting back in preparation for closing its Lancaster plant by 2019.
    “We are going to have to work harder,” Boulware said. “We got around $125,000 from them last year.”

  • CEO Elias helps Puerto Rico recover

    Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias has launched a nonprofit to raise at least $10 million for the hurricane recovery in his home territory of Puerto Rico, and he has vowed to match up to $5 million himself.
    Elias, who co-founded Red Ventures in 2000 and moved the headquarters to Indian Land in 2009, launched Rebuild Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
    “I care deeply about our island and about the people there,” Elias said. “Puerto Ricans are facing a magnitude of devastation not seen in our lifetime. My heart breaks for those in peril.”

  • ‘The Colonel would be proud’

    There’s a new piece of Bob Doster artwork displayed outside Bruce Brumfield’s office at the Founders Federal Credit Union headquarters in Lancaster.
    It’s a trophy from the Springs Close Foundation, which last week gave Brumfield the Col. Elliott Springs Legacy Award, citing the way he reflects the colonel’s “servant first” philosophy of giving back to the community.