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Today's News

  • Mackey’s business hit twice in one week

    A business owned by Lancaster City Councilman Gonzie Mackey has been burglarized twice in less than a week.
    Among the items stolen were several bicycles that were to have been given away as part of Mackey’s annual Christmas bicycle ministry.
    “It seems the more friendly and more you try to help, the worse people take advantage of you,” Mackey said.

  • 76 graduates flip tassels at USCL

    Walking across the stage of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium wasn’t optional for Joseph Hammond on Saturday.
    It was something he had to do.
    After going to school part-time since 2008 to earn a bachelor’s degree, the summa cum laude graduate enjoyed every second of shaking hands with USCL Dean Walt Collins.
    “This day means a lot, but it means even more for my family,” said Hammond, a father of two, who works at Resolute Forest Products in Catawba.

  • Web glitch extends Give Local deadline

    Give Local Lancaster has been extended for another 24 hours after heavy online giving nationwide shut down the website that was coordinating the day of crowdfunding for thousands of nonprofits across the country.
    The Lancaster-area drive had raised more than $23,000 – almost halfway to its $50,000 goal – about 1 p.m. when the volume of traffic began crashing servers at Give Local America, the national website through which donations were passing. The site froze just before 4 p.m.

  • Widespread wallop

    A severe thunderstorm cut through central Lancaster County on Monday afternoon, leaving plenty of broken and uprooted trees, damaged buildings and downed electric lines that cut power to more than 1,500 homes and businesses.
    “It was not tornadic, but straight-line winds with sudden downbursts,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “We did see quite a bit of damage.”

  • Buford Schools on 2-hour delay

    The Lancaster County School District has issued a 2 hour delay for Buford Elementary, Buford Middle and Buford High School due to power outages in the Buford area. All other schools will operate on the regular school schedule.

  • Column: Give Local: Fundraising goes digital

    One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which chronicles the life of a child growing up beside a tree.
    It is a story of how the tree provides for the boy throughout his lifetime. First the tree offers apples, then climbing branches, finally shade and rest for the older man as he reflects on his life. In this tale, the tree is the teacher or coach, the boy is the student. Viewed another way, the tree is the community, the boy its citizen.

  • Vols blank Jackets booters

    KERSHAW – Host Andrew Jackson won a defensive struggle to down county rival Buford, 2-0 on Thursday night at Volunteer Stadium.

    The match was the regular-season soccer finale for both county teams. BHS edged AJ, 3-2 in the first match this season. BHS came to AJ on a four-match winning streak, with second place in the region sowed up.

    The Jackets opened the week with a 5-0 win over Chester and then blanked Lewisville, 7-0.

  • Bailey wins Seth’s Hope 5K

    Buford High School track coach Jareth Bailey posted an 18:46 time to win the second annual Seth’s Hope 5K at Saint Luke’s Methodist Church on April 23.

    Bailey used a 6:02 pace to notch a 50-second win over second place Marc Truesdale, an AJ High School teacher. Truesdale, with a 6:18 pace, ran a 19:36 to place second in the 80-runner field.

  • Lady Bruins edge Wren, 4-2

    Lancaster launched the Class AAA Upper State District II softball playoffs with a 4-2 win over Wren High of Piedmont on Friday at the LHS field.

    The Lady Bruins, in the playoffs for the 38th straight season, snapped a two-all draw in the fifth when Ashley Abbott tripled home Gracie Revels, who had singled. Alexus Lowery followed with a RBI-hit to plate Abbott.

  • Jackets top Bulldogs

    Buford opened the Class AA Upper State baseball playoffs, taking a 3-1 win over Newberry at Buford Park on Thursday night.

    BHS senior right-hander Eric Miles, 6-1, hurled the win in seven frames. He struck out eight and allowed a walk. Miles yielded an earned run and three hits.

    Austin Caskey and Scotti Moser each had a double to key the Jackets’ attack. Caskey scored a run and drew a walk.