Today's News

  • 40-year firefighters not ready to call it a day

    VAN WYCK – Last year, Jim Williams seriously considered hanging up his fireman’s helmet.

    After almost 40 years of service with the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, Williams, then 78, felt the time was right. He had assisted in thousands of calls during his years of service and was looking at retiring.

    That was until a call came in over the radio about a man trapped underneath a fallen tree. Williams heeded the call and was the first on the scene.

  • IL bids to stay unbeaten

    Indian Land has built momentum heading into its first-ever Class AA season.

    The Warriors, at 4-0 – its best start since 2005, are hoping to build on it this Friday in their final game before region play begins next week.

    The Warriors, on the road for the second straight week, venture to Boonetown to face former Class A region foe North Central.

    Buford is also on the road as the Jackets take the bus to Great Falls to battle the Red Devils, also a former Class A region opponent.

  • High fives are aplenty in McMackin tourney

    A host of winners were saluted for their play in the sixth annual Neil McMackin Scholarship golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Friday afternoon.

    The tournament’s theme – High Five Friday – featured plenty of celebration among the competing golfers in the 18-hole captain’s choice tournament.

    The winning gross score team, with a 56, included Allen Dempsey, Al Dempsey, Craig Cassedy and Bill Anderton.

    The second-place gross score finisher with a 59 included the team of Matt Pitmon, Bill Faile, Junior Pate and Dale Pate.

  • Trains blocking traffic a concern in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Truck drivers and residents have called 911 because train cars are blocking intersections in the town of Kershaw.

    Town Councilman Morris Russell said he’s heard from constituents who are concerned about the time it takes for the trains to clear from intersections.

    Russell, a member of the Kershaw Fire Department, said he wasn’t addressing the issue from an emergency services standpoint. He said residents are complaining that it seems that it is taking longer for the trains to move through town.

  • I-77 Speedway, Lancaster Speedway to host back-to-back racing nights

    On Friday night, I-77 Speedway in Richburg will host the NDRA Dirt Wars Finale.

    Drivers such as Ron “The Bull” Parker, Dennis “Rambo” Franklin, Timbo Mangum, Jeff Cooke, Jimmy Schiltz, Mitchell Coble, Steve Hendren and many more will be going for the 2010 NDRA Dirt Wars Championship.

  • Sheriff’s office ‘takes back’ 100 pounds of medicine

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office collected almost 100 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications during a national drug “take-back” initiative Saturday.

    The sheriff’s office collected prescription and over-the-counter drugs, anonymously, with no questions asked, at the sheriff’s office, the Buford Recreation Center and the sheriff’s office substations in Kershaw and Indian Land from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

    Totals were:

    • Lancaster: 42 pounds

    • Buford: 8 pounds

    • Kershaw: 2 pounds

  • Bernsdorff challenges Long in District 45

    As this year’s political season begins to rev up, both candidates for the District 45 House seat are addressing the top issues on voters’ minds – education and the economy. Republican incumbent Deborah Long, who won the seat in 2008, is facing off against newcomer and longtime educator Democrat Mary Bernsdorff.

    District 45 covers territory from the city of Lancaster north to Indian Land and the northern portion of York County, including Fort Mill.

    Deborah Long

  • Lady Vols capture silver bracket

    The Andrew Jackson High School volleyball team captured the silver bracket at the North Central High School volleyball tournament on Saturday.

    The Lady Vols won three straight matches to claim the crown.

    The Volunteers struggled in the tourney’s opening pool matches, but came to life in the silver bracket, winning matches over Class AAA Crestwood High of Sumter and region foe Indian Land before defeating A.C. Flora High of Columbia for the championship.

    Defensively, Dayne Ware (3) and Ashley Williams (13) combined for 43 defensive saves.

  • Home Depot associates plant beds at White Oak Manor

    September is Celebration of Service month at The Home Depot, and this year’s theme is “30 Days of Green.”

    On Sept. 16, seven associates from the Lancaster Home Depot met at White Oak Manor in Lancaster to plant flowers and vegetables for the residents of the assisted-living facility. Store manager Eric Tweddle, Lynette Waid (a Home Depot team captain), Tiffany Bunton, Mandy Cauthen, Joshua Glenn, Daisy Prosser and Patrick Williams arrived eager to complete the beautification work.

  • Sara Evans still grateful for chance to make music that matters

    For Missouri’s Sara Evans, every little piece of the puzzle doesn’t always fit.

    But it’s a puzzle that she’s putting back together.

    Sidelined by a bitter divorce in 2006 after 13 years of marriage, the traditional singer whose heartfelt songs hit close to home will perform inside the Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Since arriving on Nashville’s Music Row in the early 1990s, the soulful Evans has put together a string of hits that is hard to match.