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Today's News

  • Clinging to life at 19 on a Nazi battlefield

    Aaron Flynn took his last pain-free steps on a secluded path near Worms, Germany, on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 1945.
    He was a 19-year-old private first class from Lancaster, a machine gunner with the U.S. Army’s 6th Armored Division, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion.
    Flynn had been a late entry into World War II. His enlistment was rejected several times because of bad eyesight. But after his older brother was killed in action on Christmas Eve 1943, Flynn got into the Army.

  • Vietnam vets hear ‘welcome home’

    Lancaster County recognized its local Vietnam veterans Saturday on the front lawn of the historic county courthouse with a long overdue “Welcome Home” celebration.
    “Let’s do what should’ve been done 50 years ago,” said Robin Ghent, Lancaster County veterans affairs director. “You did your job, you served with honor, and you did us proud. Welcome home.”
    When they returned home from Southeast Asia in the 1960s and ’70s, veterans were sometimes spit at, cursed out, degraded or ignored for their service.

  • Column: Voting is over – 3 things to do now

    I am writing this column before the election results are known.
    The pundits are predicting that Trump will carry South Carolina by a large margin and Clinton will win nationally by a narrow margin. For me as a Democrat in South Carolina, this is the definition of mixed emotions.
    But as an American, I’m mostly just glad that the whole disgusting spectacle is finally over.

  • IL girls cross country team sixth in Class AAA field

    The Indian Land High School girls cross country team placed sixth out of 20 teams at the Class AAA state championship meet Saturday at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.
    The Lady Warriors of coach Chris Cuviello scored 181 points for their top 10 finish in the Class AAA girls field.
    The boy’s team, with 207 points, placed 13th out of 20 teams.
    Indian Land junior runner Juan Alejandro and freshman Kaitlyn Rodman each placed 10th in their races. Alejandro posted a time of 17:23 and Rodman had a time of 20:25.

  • Lancaster drivers have solid showing at Sumter Speedway

    Lancaster area drivers posted a strong showing at the annual Turkey Day race at the Sumter Speedway on Saturday.
    In the Extreme 4 race, driver Brad McManus captured the win in his heat race in his first-ever visit to the Sumter track.
    Chris Baker also made his first-ever visit to the historic race track.
    When the green flag dropped, McManus and Baker proved they would be factors in the race for the win. McManus ran second the whole race, trying to run down race leader Rusty Harrelson.

  • Jackets battle Knights for AA bid

    Buford caps regular season play, seeking to extend its 2016 football campaign into the Class AA postseason.
    BHS, 2-7, ventures to Boonetown to battle North Central High School, questing for a win to earn a Class AA state playoff bid.
    The Buford-North Central winner advances to face Carvers Bay in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs on Nov. 18.

  • Hinson pledges to USC

    In May of 2015 when Buford High School baseball star Gage Hinson signed with Spartanburg Methodist College, BHS principal Rodney Miller said he hoped to hear “good things” from Hinson in his future.
    The latest word on Hinson is strong as the former BHS Yellow Jackets right-hander, a diamond standout in his BHS baseball career, is headed to the University of South Carolina after giving USC a verbal pledge to sign with the Gamecocks baseball program.

  • Central Wire expands Lancaster plant

    From release

    Central Wire Inc. will spend $2 million expanding its Lancaster County manufacturing operation, creating 18 new jobs at the plant off Riverside Road.
    The Lancaster facility, at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road, now employ 32 workers. The expansion will add two state-of-the-art welding wire manufacturing lines.

  • Sheriff Faile wallops McCoy

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile will serve his third term in office after a blow-out win at the polls Tuesday against Democratic challenger William McCoy.
    As of deadline Tuesday, local elections officials were still counting an overwhelming number of absentee ballots and Indian Land’s Harrisburg precinct remained unreported, due to a technical issue with a voting machine.
    Still, Faile possessed an overwhelming lead with 18,253 votes, 70 percent of the total at the time, compared to McCoy’s 7,775 votes.

  • Mulvaney way ahead of Person

    Republican Mick Mulvaney was well on his way to winning his fourth U.S. House term Tuesday, leading Democrat Fran Person by a 20-point margin for the 5th District congressional seat.
    With final results in from six of the district’s 11 counties and partial results in others, Mulvaney had received 152,052 votes, or 59 percent, to Person’s 99,427 votes, or 39 percent. American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. trailed with 5,080 votes, or 2 percent.