Today's News

  • Cox signs with Southern Miss

    Andrew Jackson star golfer Emily Cox is headed south to take her game to the next level.

    Cox, an all-state golfer and the 2016 Class AAA state champion, solidified a verbal commitment to Southern Mississippi University, signing with the Golden Eagles at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday night.

    Cox noted several factors in her decision to attend Southern Miss, a Conference USA member located in Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • Jackets sack Knights, 46-21

    BOONETOWN – The Buford Yellow Jackets, with a strong rush, are playoff-bound.

    Buford, bolstered by a productive ground attack, sealed a Class AA playoff bid with a 46-21 win over North Central on Friday night at the Knights’ field.

    Buford, needing a playoff-clinching win over the host Knights, ignited in the second half and cruised to the 25-point rout.

  • Women’s powerlifters win national crown for Pardue

    HEATH SPRINGS – Pardue’s Iron Club in Heath Springs sports some strong women.

    As it turns out, they are top in the nation.

    A team of Pardue’s Iron Club women powerlifters captured the national title at the 365 Strong Nationals at the Courtyard by Marriott in Charlotte where the meet was held Oct. 29.

  • Coastal test crops survive hurricane with little damage

    Jim Melvin

    Clemson University

    CHARLESTON – Thanks to a blissful stretch of blue skies and dry weather, at least 80 percent of the valuable crops at Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center have weathered Hurricane Matthew’s wrath and rebounded with voracity.

  • Civil rights forum Tuesday at USCL

    From release

    USC Lancaster will host a round-table forum with Charles Allen Lingo and Charles Mauldin on the history and ongoing importance of civil rights activism in America.

    The forum is this Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Bundy Auditorium.

    Lingo and Mauldin worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the most well-known period of civil rights activism in American history.

  • Allen Blackmon picked as chair of county GOP

    Staff report

    Lancaster County Republicans picked Allen Blackmon as their new chairman Thursday night, replacing Brandon Newton, who stepped aside after being elected to the state House this week.

    Blackmon, who worked for the state Department of Revenue for 30 years before retiring in 2012, lives in Heath Springs. He ran for county auditor this year but lost a primary runoff with fellow Republican Susan Hunter Wallace. 

  • Twice declared dead in Vietnam, Jacky Bayne lived to tell his story

    Army Spc. Jacky Bayne of Indian Land lost his right leg in a land-mine explosion while on patrol near Chu Lai, Vietnam, in July 1967.

    He was pronounced dead twice, once on the battlefield and again at the hospital.

    Bayne was the guest of honor Friday at Indian Land High School’s Veterans Day ceremony. Who saved his life, and how he met that man more than a decade later, is a fascinating story.

  • East-west split seen in voting on alcohol

    Support for Sunday retail beer and wine sales in Lancaster County broke largely by geography during Tuesday’s election, with voters to the west approving the ballot measure and voters to the east rejecting it.  

    But retailers all over the county are eligible to apply for the retail permits as soon as the S.C. Department of Revenue makes them available.

  • Miracle Bikes are back!

    A week ago on this front page, a dejected Gonzie Mackey delivered sad news – thieves had stolen 30 refurbished bicycles, and there would be no Miracle Bikes for Kids this Christmas.

    You can imagine what happened next.

    Within days, Mackey was swamped with dozens of bikes donated from the community, most of them new, and his annual grassroots giveaway is back on target. 

  • Protest against Blackmon rejected

    Defeated city council incumbent Jackie Harris filed an election protest Thursday, alleging that her opponent Linda Blackmon committed fraud, bribery and coercion in Tuesday’s election.

    At a hastily arranged hearing Friday afternoon, the Lancaster County Election Commission heard the complaint and Blackmon’s flat denial of wrongdoing.