Today's News

  • Committee picks color scheme for new Panhandle elementary

    “Motherland” green, “Lasting Thoughts” blue and “Violet Crush” lavender are a few of the colors that will flow through the new elementary school in the Panhandle.
    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously on the colors during Tuesday night’s meeting after the palette was chosen by a committee of parents, a teacher, interior designer and the school district’s architect.

  • Body identified, boyfriend charged with murdering woman, her unborn child

    A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Oct. 19 off Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill.
    Mahmood Amjad Bhatti was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with the murder of 23-year-old Natalie Nicole Merrick and her unborn child. Bhatti and Merrick had been in a long-term relationship, according to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

  • Kershaw meeting on cleaning up old Springs site draws big crowd

    KERSHAW – Nancy Watson wants the abandoned Springs Industries Kershaw Plant property on the north side of town cleaned up.
    She is tired and frustrated over the 9.1-acre eyesore that paints an unflattering image of the town and its citizens.
    “It was a nice clean mill, a nice clean mill village, and we were never afraid to go out at night,” Watson said Tuesday night during a question/answer community meeting held at her beloved Kershaw Second Baptist Church.

  • Blackmon: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight’

    Backtracking on Linda Blackmon’s back pay, the Lancaster City Council denied her request for a $6,750 payment from the city Tuesday night, after which she declared she “wasn’t thinking straight” when she cast the deciding vote two weeks earlier to give herself the money.
    That Oct. 10 vote appeared to violate state ethics law, which prohibits public officials from voting on matters that “affect their own economic interests.”

  • 'Mama, I'm not going to live very much longer'

    Third of four parts
    In the weeks before he died, Ron Hinson Jr.’s habit got so bad he was shooting up pain pills in his hospital room, his mother recalls.
    She said he picked the lock on the sharps container, stole used needles and had a friend smuggle in Opana pills, which he melted down and injected.
    “He went through pure hell,” said Beth Morrison.

  • AJ's Blackmon recognized as defensive player of the week

    Andrew Jackson High School’s Gavin Blackmon was the lone Lancaster County player to earn recognition at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting on Tuesday at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill.

    Blackmon, in the Class A-AA-AAA awards, was honored as the defensive player of the week with 14 tackles in the Volunteers’ 26-14 home loss to Region IV-AA champion Lee Central.

    Blackmon, for the game, garnered 14 tackles, 10 solo hits, three big hits, a pass break-up and graded out at 95 percent.

  • LSS drivers have strong showing at Antioch

    Antioch Motor Speedway in Morganton, N.C., hosted the Halloween Havoc race over the weekend.

    Lancaster Super Speedway Extreme 4 drivers David Laney and Brad McManus made their presence known in qualifying, with Laney qualifying first and McManus second.

    Friday night turned out to be a long night for the Laneys.

    Showing true sportsmanship, Laney and his crew stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. installing an engine in fellow Extreme 4 competitor Blake Walker’s car, so he could race Saturday night.

  • Catoe back on top in picks

    Mandy Catoe’s absence from the Picks top spot didn’t last long.

    Catoe, on the heels of a 15-5 week, vaulted back into first by a pair of games.

    Lori Sistare “Bright,” up a game in first last week, couldn’t make it last with a 12-8 showing.

    “Those two girls are in a tight race,” said Eric “The Red” Rowell. “Since we’re getting close to Halloween, that’s really scary. I think that have put a spell on the rest of the pickers.”

  • County teams fall in volleyball playoffs

    Region IV-AA champion Buford saw its postseason hopes end with a 3-1 loss to Christ Church of Greenville on Monday in the BHS gym.

    Buford opened with a 25-18 win, but the Lady Cavaliers reeled off three straight wins to win the match, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-21.

    “It was a close match and Christ Church has a really strong team,” BHS coach Taylor Roberts said. “We battled, but didn’t play as well as we could.

    “It was close and a play here and there really was the difference,” Roberts said.

  • Moore makes plays for BHS

    BUFORD – In a nutshell, Buford High School senior football player Ryan Moore is all over the field.

    When it comes to the 2017 Jackets’ season, that would be a maroon and gold bull’s-eye.

    Moore, a four-year member of the BHS football team, doesn’t see the sideline much.

    That’s because he sees the field often.

    On offense, Moore, an all-region pick, can play quarterback and receiver. On defense, he can be counted on at safety and cornerback.