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Today's News

  • Scam accuses internet users of improper activity with child

    SLED is warning of a new scam in which swindlers blackmail victims after tricking them into thinking they’re under investigation for illegal online activity with a child.
    A SLED spokesman said the agency has received several reports recently from individuals saying a man identifying himself as SLED Chief Mark Keel, or some other special officer, contacted them demanding money to drop an investigation involving inappropriate online activity with a minor.

  • Suspicious fires investigated

    A house fire in Lancaster last weekend is being investigated as a possible arson, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Firefighters were called to the old mill house at 1078 Old Landsford Road shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.
    The investigating deputy said he spoke to a resident of the house about what happened. She told him she put some clothes in the dryer, then returned to the living room, where she noticed smoke about 10 minutes later.

  • Christmas Basket nearing its target

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket received another 43 donations this week, bringing the total to $8,215.25.
    “Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket program has almost met this year’s goal of $10,000,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE in Lancaster.
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Per-capita incomes skyrocket in county

    Per-capita income in Lancaster County has shot up in the past five years, propelled mostly by gains in the fast-growing Panhandle.
    The county was last in the state on the 2011 income list, at $22,897 per person. This year’s figure is $38,043, up 66 percent in five years, according to a new report from the S.C. Department of Revenue and Towncharts.com.
    Lancaster now ranks ninth-highest among the 46 S.C. counties and well above the state average of $32,505.

  • Gilbert tweaks incentives

    The incentive package that helped land 1,500 CompuCom jobs is unlike any Lancaster County has offered before – molded by painful lessons from the Fancy Pokket deal and the experience of the county’s new chief business recruiter.
    “I want our community to be the most aggressive county in the state for local incentives,” said Jamie Gilbert, who has been county economic development director since July. “At the same time, we expect performance and accountability.”

  • 3 siblings needed a rescue

    Last Christmas, the Sendler family was busier than usual. That happens when you double your household.
    It was Shawn and Heather Sendler and their two kids, Addison, 8, and Baylor, 6. Plus three foster children, tight-knit siblings ages 9, 8 and 2, who had been staying with them for a few months.
    The home was overflowing with love and acceptance, but it wasn't a permanent arrangement.
    Now it is.

  • Bruins rebound for win in Winborn tourney

    ROCK HILL – Lancaster rebounded from a tough loss in the opening round of the annual Y.C. Winborn boys basketball tournament with a 66-58 win over Orangeburg-Wilkinson at Rock Hill High School on Thursday afternoon.
    The Bruins, bolstered by balanced scoring, built a 53-39 lead after three periods and held on for the eight-point win over the OWHS Bruins.
    LHS opened tourney play, dropping a 48-47 loss to Marvin Ridge on Wednesday, while Orangeburg-Wilkinson fell to two-time defending tournament champion Butler High of Charlotte, 55-31.

  • BHS Jackets honor fall sports standouts

    BUFORD –  Fall stars of the Buford High School maroon and gold took a final bow Tuesday night in the school’s cafeteria during the annual BHS fall sports awards.
    Buford High athletes in football, volleyball, cross country and cheer were saluted for their stellar effort during the Jackets’ fall sports season.
    The BHS football team, which finished 3-8 and earned a second straight Class AA playoff bid, honored a host of players.

  • Rec small fry football all-stars fall to North Charleston in state title game

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry all-star football team, ages 9-10, fell short in its quest for the state championship at River Bluff High School in Lexington on Saturday.
    North Charleston, the Lower State champion, built a 14-0 halftime lead on the way to a 14-6 win over the Lancaster County stars.
    The Lancaster County stars, the Upstate champions, battled to the end, but dropped the tough eight-point loss.
    North Charleston, up 14-0 at the break, allowed its only postseason points in the second half when Lancaster struck.

  • Vols, Warriors split pair

    KERSHAW – The host Andrew Jackson basketball teams split on the hardwood in a non-conference match with county rival Indian Land on Wednesday night.
    The eighth-ranked Lady Vols, 5-2, dropped a close 56-53 loss to the IL girls, and the No. 2 AJ boys posted a 60-46 win over the Warriors.
    Both games were fast-paced and action-packed contests.
    Danielle Ussery sparked the Lady Vols, scoring 24 points on 2 two-point goals, 6 three-point goals and 2-2 on free throws.