Today's News

  • Column: A strong voice for Christ and a kind, gracious spirit

    As a young person, I used to read Billy Graham’s daily column, “My Answer,” in the Detroit Free Press.
    I wondered how he came up with his answers. They seemed strange to me. As a college student I saw an article in the Atlantic Monthly making fun of him.
    While a student at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s I attended a meeting where he spoke to students. I was impressed by his faith in God and the Bible, and how nicely he treated everyone, even those he disagreed with. When he spoke, everyone listened intently.

  • How would incorporation affect law enforcement?

    As Indian Land residents move toward an incorporation vote March 27, more and more say they’re feeling overwhelmed by the often-contentious arguments made by both sides.
    “I’m leaning toward ‘yes’ because I really believe you need to be responsible for your community,” said Indian Land resident Marilyn Marcussen. “But I want to know how much taxes are really going to go up and those kind of things. There’s so much.

  • Bruins, Jackets take jamboree wins

    Lancaster and Buford captured wins in the annual Doomsday Jamboree at the Lancaster High School baseball jamboree at Doomsday Corner on Saturday.

    A bases-loaded, infield single by the Bruins’ Buddy Howard drove home the winning run in Lancaster High School’s 2-1 win over Andrew Jackson High School. 

    The game capped jamboree play and marked the debut of first-year LHS head coach Trevor Hammond. 

    A former Bruins player and assistant coach, Hammond was promoted to head coach last spring, replacing former coach Toby Taylor.

  • Speedway open practice set for Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is hosting an open practice session for all racing divisions from 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m. Pit admission is $15 and grandstand admission is free.

    The practice offers dirt track drivers an opportunity to get their cars dialed in for the upcoming racing season. The track’s 2018 opener is March 16-17, a two-day event.

  • Lancers’ bats silence Limestone JVs

    To say the University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball team ripped the Limestone College junior varsity squad  with a display of firepower at the plate Wednesday is an understatement.

    The Lancers erupted for five homeruns in the bottom of the first inning of the opening game of a doubleheader for a lopsided 21-1 win. USCL batted around twice in the inning to build a 13-0 lead and never looked back. The Lancers cranked out 18 hits in the contest.

    USCL also took the second game by an 8-1 score for the sweep.

  • No eggs frying on sidewalks, but it’s really hot for February

    This is the week winter completely slipped our minds, as temperatures soared past 80 degrees and spring blossoms started popping out everywhere.
    The heat wave started last week, with temperatures in the mid-70s and gusting winds. This week has brought record-breaking February heat across the South.
    Columbia set a record high of 83 degrees Wednesday, 21 degrees above normal. That broke the record of 81 degrees set on this date in 1997, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

  • 17-year-old identified in LHS threat

    Police have identified one of the two students arrested at Lancaster High School after a classmate last Friday reported hearing them threaten to attack the school.
    That student told administrators about overhearing the two talking about “shooting up the school,” according to a Lancaster Police Department statement.
    Launte Ahmadre Holmes, 17, and 15-year-old student were each charged with one count of disturbing schools. Holmes was arrested Monday, booked and later released on bond.

  • Big haul of guns, drugs, money in IL

    A report of shots fired at a Panhandle residence led to three arrests and the seizure of a cache of weapons, drugs and cash, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.
    Jermarcus Kendarryl Coffey, 28, Toni Leigh Napier, 21, and Charles William Rice IV, 27, were arrested at 6956 Jamestowne Road the morning of Feb. 13. Deputies went to the house to investigate a report of gunfire from the night before, and they reported smelling marijuana.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the call involved gunshots, but no one was injured and no property damage occurred.

  • New school gets a name: Van Wyck Elementary

    The new campus that opens in the Panhandle this fall will be named Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The Lancaster County school board approved the name unanimously Tuesday night. The school’s mascot will be the Braves, and its colors will match the Indian Land middle and high schools’ blue, gold and white.
    “There was one name that just stuck out overwhelmingly that people voted for, and there was no contest that the name for the school should be Van Wyck Elementary School,” said Steven Puckett, the principal of the new school.

  • McMaster: Full speed ahead

    Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to about 125 Lancaster business and civic leaders Thursday about sustaining the state’s economic growth, cutting income taxes and reducing government regulations.
    McMaster, who is running for his first full term as governor this November, spoke during a joint meeting of Lancaster’s two Rotary clubs at USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.
    He said much of South Carolina’s success in drawing manufacturing jobs is a result of collaboration and partnerships between the state’s schools and industry.