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Today's News

  • Bruins finish with two wins in Y.C. Winborn tournament

    The Lancaster Bruins, after a tough start to their play in the W.C. Winborn boys basketball tournament in Rock Hill, rebounded to finish on a high note.
    Lancaster capped its three-day holiday hoops tournament play with a 47-33 win over Class AAAA Chapin High School at Rock Hill High School.
    The LHS boys, 7-6 on the season, opened play with a tough 48-47 loss to Marvin Ridge High School of Union County, N.C., on Wednesday, but rebounded for a 66-58 win over Class AAAA Orangeburg-Wilkinson and then wrapped up its tourney play with a 14-point win over Chapin.

  • Jackets, Vols in holiday hardwood play

    The calendar says it’s the yule holiday season, but a host of county hoops teams will be in action during holiday tournament basketball play.
    Andrew Jackson will host two days of holiday tourney action on the hardwood with its annual Comporium Christmas Classic Invitational at the Vols gym where action is set for Thursday and Friday.
    The Buford boys basketball team will also be involved in holiday basketball play as the Yellow Jackets venture to York Comprehensive High School to play in the Cougar Holiday Tournament.

  • Rams charge to hoops title

    The A.R. Rucker Rams are the toast of the Chestnut Oaks Middle School holiday basketball tournament.
    The unbeaten Rams, 10-0, rolled through the field on the way to the championship in the three-day tournament at the Sumter County middle school on Dec. 22.
    Rucker, led by coach Lamont Elder, captured the tournament crown with a 47-35 win over host Chestnut Oaks Middle School on Thursday afternoon.

  • Column: Lawmakers’ busy agenda squeezes in license tags

    If you left someone off your Christmas list and then they showed up with a gift for you and now you’re trying to find the “misplaced” gift that you had bought for them, here’s an idea.
    How about a “Beach Music” South Carolina license plate?
    What if they don’t like Beach Music? Well, what about NASCAR, or coon hunting, or pets, or sports?
    There are endless possibilities, because our state legislature loves to create new license plates.

  • Column: Another example of how legislature hangs onto power

    It’s the week before Christmas and the last thing on anyone’s mind is a state board whose acronym sounds like something an over-the-counter pill wouldn’t fix. But the STIB, which met a few days ago, should have made headlines.
    The State Transportation Infrastructure Bank’s mission is “to focus greater attention on larger transportation projects, and thereby allow (the state Department of Transportation) to devote resources to other important transportation projects.”

  • 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.