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Today's News

  • Watts working to get LMS surface ready

    Randy Watts and Scottie Watts have been working during the Lancaster Motor Speedway offseason, nearly every evening at the race track, to get it ready for the upcoming 2018 racing season at LMS.

    Randy and Scottie worked at Lancaster Motor Speedway for years and provided the racers with some of the best racing surfaces possible.

    When the Watts was working at LMS, it was well known in the Carolinas racing scene that LMS has one, if not the smoothest racing surface around.

  • Column: Let’s pause and honor our devoted law officers

    We celebrated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Jan. 9. The annual observance aims to remind us of the constant dangers facing our police, deputies and other public-safety officers.
    A much more sobering reminder came just one week later, on Jan. 16 when a York County sheriff’s detective was slain while pursuing an armed domestic-violence suspect. Mike Doty, 37, was laid to rest the following Monday. Three other officers were wounded by gunfire during the pursuit but are recovering.

  • Column: Not all details can be released quickly in homicides

    Editor’s note: This is the chief’s response to reporter Hannah Strong’s column in Friday’s paper complaining about how long it took police to release information about the killing of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.

    “Hey, have you read the paper this morning?” “No, not yet,” I respond.
    It had been a busy night/morning. I pull my phone out and hit the bookmark. Well, there it is.... I read the column. I don’t know whether to laugh or cuss, so I do both.

  • County coaches have mixed views picking Super Bowl winner tonight

    Lancaster County high school football coaches are split on picking a winner in Super Bowl LII tonight.

    Two county coaches are calling for the reigning champion New England Patriots to win, while two others say they see the Philadelphia Eagles emerging with their first Super Bowl title.

    The Patriots, the AFC champions, are seeking their sixth Super Bowl title, while the Eagles, the NFC champions, are looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time as a Super Bowl champion.

    Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Volunteers, Jackets wrestlers garner all-region accolades

    Region IV-AA wrestling champion Andrew Jackson along with Buford each had five wrestlers named to the all-region team for the 2017-18 season.

    AJ, the region champion with a 7-1 mark, was led by Matthew Kirk (113), Hunter Haven (152) and Kalab Haven (170).

    The region coaches also voted six wrestlers honored as at-large selections from the 14 weight classes, which included the Volunteers’ Dalton Mackey (120) and Tyleik Elder (145).

  • IL Warrior wrestlers win seven region titles

    The Region IV-AAA wrestling champion Indian Land High School had seven Warriors earn individual region weight class championships at the tournament Wednesday night in Camden.

    The Warriors, fresh off winning the region dual team championship with four wins, including two shutouts last Saturday afternoon, placed 11 wrestlers in the region individual tournament finals at CHS.

  • Kershaw suspect charged with domestic violence, kidnapping

    A Kershaw man was arrested last week after neighbors told authorities they had intervened to stop him from beating his girlfriend.
    Thomas Andrew Cattles, 35, is charged with first-degree domestic violence and kidnapping in the Jan. 23 incident.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 27-year-old victim said Cattles forced her into the bathroom during an argument that turned physical, grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into the bathtub, where he began strangling her.

  • Runoff creates mess in Black Horse Run

    Residents of Indian Land’s Black Horse Run neighborhood are asking for the county’s help in dealing with flooding as a result of development in the area.
    Black Horse Run residents Jason Reeves and Chris Davis made their appeal during the Jan. 22 Lancaster County Council meeting, saying flooding of the stream running through the neighborhood has increased consistently with Indian Land’s growth.

  • Feel the beat

    Sugarshine, Lancaster’s hometown reggae band, showed up Friday at Brooklyn Springs Elementary with 30 five-gallon buckets and 35 sets of brand new drumsticks for the music classes.
    It was the band’s first gift from its newly-formed Make A Wave Foundation. They hope to offer ongoing support to the community’s youth. 

  • IL campaign grows testier as vote nears

    With the vote on Indian Land incorporation coming March 27, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up efforts to sway the voting public – and it isn’t always pretty.
    Both sides are reaching out to voters with door-to-door appeals, town hall meetings and campaign signs.
    Keeping track of the combatants isn’t easy. On the pro-town side, it’s one organization: Voters for a Town of Indian Land, which has spearheaded the effort for two years. It’s usually called VTIL, but sometimes people call it TOIL, for Town of Indian Land.