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Today's News

  • Southern pine beetles threaten South Carolina’s stressed trees

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – For about 15 years, South Carolina’s most destructive forest insect has been lying low, but damage caused by recent droughts, storms and fires raises the specter of a resurgence.
    Sizable infestations of southern pine beetles have been few and far between since the last major outbreak in 2000-02, when the tiny but voracious creatures caused about $1.5 billion in damage in the Southeastern United States to loblolly, shortleaf, longleaf, pitch, pond and Virginia pines.

  • ILMS construction wraps up

    Construction at Indian Land Middle School is in the final stages, with only lockers and desks left to install and punch-list items to check off.
    Since January, contractors have been working to expand the cafeteria to now seat 400 students and to build two administrative offices and 16 additional classrooms.
    David Small, Lancaster County School District facilities director, said crews should have all construction completed by the end of the holiday break so the new facilities will be ready to use when students and staff return at the start of the year.

  • Gold mine water tank takes shape

    KERSHAW – Motorists who frequent S.C. 601 on the outskirts of the town will soon have a new landmark to use as a reference point.
    The concrete pad was finished Dec. 21 for a 250,000-gallon water tank for the Haile Gold Mine operation.
    The steel is being delivered and construction on the tank will start this week, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    Crews also will start cutting between 60 and 62 trees along Church Street to make room for a 12-inch water line that ties Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.

  • Filing opens for school board seat

    Candidates for the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat can officially file today through noon Jan. 3 at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office.
    If only one person files for the seat, no special election will be held, and that person will be sworn into office at the first regular or called board meeting after Jan. 23.
    If at least two people file, a special election will be held on Feb. 28.
    Filing opened Friday, but the election office was closed for the holidays.

  • A ‘doggone’ good Christmas

    Alexandra Mester
    Toledo Blade (Ohio) Staff Writer

    MONROE, Mich. – One extraordinarily lucky pooch got just what he wanted for Christmas this year: his family.
    Jake, a 4½-year-old “pit bull,” was reunited with his owners Saturday after a gut-wrenching month apart.
    “I never thought we’d ever get him back,” said Larry Perrin of Lancaster.

  • Search continues for missing man
  • Column: Merrill indictment spotlights systemic problems

    A year or so ago, I was driving around Charleston with a member of the S.C. General Assembly, talking about various people, problems and politics in the State House. My friend is a long-time legislator and one of the most decent and honorable public servants I know.
    As we topped the Ravenel Bridge, I asked him, “Is Jim Merrill a crook?” After a long pause, he said, “That is a question of law that must be determined by the courts…. But he is extremely bold.”

  • Buford has tough mat night

    Buford High had a tough time on the wrestling mat in a quad match at Class AAA Chester High School on Wednesday night.

    The Jackets dropped three losses in the matches, which included Class AAAAA Northwestern High of Rock Hill, Class AAAA Union County and Chester.

    Northwestern topped the Jackets, 53-27, Chester topped BHS, 58-21 and Union County posted a 49-21 win over Buford.

  • All-county defense ‘brings the wood’

    The Lancaster News’ 2016 all-county defense sports big hitters on a strong stop unit.

    A crackerjack linebacker corps features players, in football terms, who “bring the wood” with their signature big hits.

  • Big-play performers key offense

    Big-play performers, including a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, head The Lancaster News’ 2016 all-county offense.

    Senior standouts Farrika Grier and Isaah Nesbit lead the all-county backfield.

    Grier, the Lancaster Bruins’ top rusher in his senior campaign, produced a stellar season with 1,090 yards on 175 carries and 13 touchdowns to earn all-region honors.