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Today's News

  • Fire chief retires, citing health issues

    The city of Lancaster’s fire chief announced his resignation late Monday, citing health problems.
    “Today ends my 38-year career with the Lancaster Fire Department,” Chuck Small posted on Facebook. “I’m retiring due to health complications, but could not have been blessed more with a career that has opened so many doors and blessed me in ways I could have only dreamed of.”

  • Impromptu gathering honors the fallen

    Despite an official cancellation due to expected rain, nearly 30 people showed up anyway at Lancaster Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon and held a Memorial Day program of their own.
    Randy Collins of Collins Realty in Lancaster led the service after discovering that the city’s official event had been canceled by the American Legion.
    “No one really wanted to leave,” Collins said Tuesday.
    What happened next was “one of the most touching things” eight-year event attendee Marilyn Roddey had seen “in a long time.”

  • Our nation pauses to salute the fallen

    Bystanders listened to great speeches as children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the Grand Army of the Republic made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns as tears fell from their eyes while they remembered the fallen.
    It was 1868. The first large observance of what we now call Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was happening at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington.

  • Whites win BHS spring game

    The White team shined brightest in the annual Buford High School spring football game Wednesday at Jacket Stadium.

    The White, with a 31-13 win over the Maroon team, used a strong second half to take the 18-point victory to close BHS spring drills.

    “We had a good spring and made strides with our team,” BHS third-year coach Tripp Watts said.

  • AJ honors Volunteers stars with awards

    KERSHAW – A host of honors were presented during the annual Andrew Jackson High School All-Sports Awards on Tuesday night.

    AJ senior tri-sport athlete Brantley Ussery was honored as the school’s Athlete of the Year presented by the Kershaw News Era.

  • Williams signs with Voorhees

    Lancaster High Lady Bruins’ basketball player Alexis Williams enjoyed the LHS girls up tempo style so much she’s going to continue.

    Williams, a 5-11 forward for the Lady Bruins, is taking her game to Voorhees College, a NAIA school in Denmark, S.C.

    “I like that style of play and they play like that at Voorhees,” she said.

  • Tarques to lead USCL soccer

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster soccer program is under new leadership with Alex Tarque as the new Lancers soccer coach and his son KiKi serving as his assistant.

    Tarque was named the USCL soccer coach earlier this month after he was hired to fill the void with former coach Randy Jordan’s departure.

    Jordan, who also has coached high school soccer at AJ and Buford high schools, worked with the USCL program six seasons before submitting his resignation effective March 27.

  • Kershaw Council tries to end street-name ruckus

    KERSHAW – The festering controversy about who chooses street names within Kershaw’s town limits has come to an abrupt halt.
    The town’s elected officials last week unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that makes town council the final authority on any name changes recommended by the Lancaster County Planning Commission.

  • 288 flip tassels at rowdy LHS graduation

    Two hundred eighty-eight seniors crossed the stage at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium Friday night and entered the adult world as high school graduates.
    Among them were aspiring nurses, psychologists and educators, with 74 percent of the class planning to continue their education through college or technical school. Other students plan to serve in the military or go directly into the general work force.
    Class valedictorian Coulter Jackson, speaking to the assembled crowd, challenged his classmates.

  • ‘We belong to Buford’

    A strong sense of community centered commencement for the Buford High School Class of 2016 on Friday night.
    An overflow crowd was on hand to witness the 139 seniors receive their diplomas and turn their tassels. Those not in the gym sat in the school auditorium watching the ceremony on closed circuit TV.
    That, said class president Jensen Shelby, is proof of the special bond between the school and the tightknit community.