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Today's News

  • Hot fun in the sun

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    A heat index reaching near triple digits could not stop the smiles on 250 faces at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department Block Party at Buford Recreation Center on July 21.
    Jennie Reid headed a team of staff members that led groups of children through various stations at the fourth annual event.

  • Column: Is the American Dream alive or dead?

    If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation.
    And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation.
    The American Dream is both very simple and very profound. It has been the driving force behind our country since its earliest days.
    We all have our own slightly different definitions of the American Dream. This is mine: If you work hard and play by the rules, your children will be better off than you are.

  • Deadly mosquito-borne horse disease discovered in Dillon Co.

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA — State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern equine encephalitis in 2017.
    The case was identified July 21 in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

  • 2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

    In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
    Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – one new job for every 13 eligible workers. New investment pumped $85 million into the economy – nearly $1,000 for each county resident.

  • Pinky & Tank

    It was all wagging tails and happy barks as Pinky the pit bull mix and Tank the boxer met for the first time on July 21. This wasn’t just any old play-date, though. The two dogs were brought together after Tank’s life was saved through a blood transfusion from Pinky on June 24.

    Tank had a low platelet count and was bleeding internally.
    “His immune system was going haywire,” said his owner, Heather Dickerson.

  • Holt’s return to planning commission short-lived

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes said he hopes to announce a new nominee for the county planning commission’s District 7 seat next council meeting despite a successful maneuver earlier this month that allowed recently ousted commissioner Jerry Holt to return to his seat on an interim basis.
    A bloc of Lancaster County Council members representing the county’s four central districts voted June 26 against reappointment of the outspoken Holt to his third term on the planning commission representing Indian Land’s District 7.

  • Kershaw man charged in burglaries

    From release

    A Kershaw man has been charged in two burglaries and a shoplifting incident in the Kershaw-Heath Springs area earlier this month.
    Michael Lindsey Faile, 53, was arrested July 20 at an Arbor Drive home in Kershaw, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with two counts of burglary first degree and one count of shoplifting third or subsequent offense.  

  • Foursome takes title with four eagles

    The team of Bryan Turner, Jim Barnett, Trey Crenshaw and Mason Tucker blistered the Lancaster Golf Course on Friday with a round of 53 to take top honors in the Women’s Enrichment Center 11th annual golf tournament.

    The foursome were lights out on all four par-5 holes with 2-under eagles in captain’s choice play.

    “That’s the first time I’ve ever done that,” said Barnett, who’s played his share of golf at LGC. “Somebody stepped up every time a shot was critical. It was truly a team effort.”

  • Darlings give us reason to smile

    It was one of those frozen-in-time, “you had to be there” moments to truly appreciate.

    As soon as I stepped out of my pick-up in the senior parking lot at Buford High School on Thursday evening, I heard a round of involuntary laughter that got my immediate attention. 

    The snickering was followed by a water balloon barrage that splattered on Gene Knight’s back. 

  • Blaney to pilot third Penske car in 2018

    The annual racing dominoes – NASCAR “Silly Season” is in full swing this week. 

    Some of the sport’s top drivers are leaving for new teams next season, some are staying put and others are looking for rides.

    Team Penske announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Ryan Blaney will join the organization as a fulltime driver.

    “This is a huge opportunity for me and my career,” said Blaney. “I’ve always enjoyed racing whatever car I was in and trying to win each and every race.”