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Today's News

  • Local voting machines not on internet, so rest easy

    Danny O’Brien patiently waited in line at the county elections office Wednesday afternoon and cast an absentee ballot before proudly putting an “I Voted” sticker on his shirt.
    O’Brien was there to let his voice be heard. But after leaving, can O’Brien rest assured that it is his indeed his voice, and not that of a computer hacker, that’s speaking at the ballot box?

  • Biden boost

    For the second time in two months, Vice President Joe Biden came to the 5th Congressional District to campaign for his former aide Fran Person, who is running against incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney.
    Pews at the Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill were packed Tuesday with more than 500 energized people, and gospel music filled the air. Biden, preceeded by a rousing speach from S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, took the stage with Person and 6th District U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.

  • Mayer resigns as ILHS football coach

    Days after a group of parents demanded that he be fired, citing his losing record and his treatment of players, Mike Mayer has resigned as Indian Land High School's head football coach.
    "After 16 years of spending more time with other people's children than with my own, I have decided to resign as head football coach...," Mayer wrote in a Wednesday letter to ILHS Principal David Shamble. "I feel stepping down is in the best interest of the student athletes, myself and my family.

  • Sumter Speedway to host annual Turkey Day race

    A fall racing tradition is ready to unfold this weekend.
    The Sumter Speedway will host its annual Turkey Day race, a major event for Sumter Speedway.
    The race usually produces the largest car count every year for the historic track located on 3150 Wedgefield Road in Sumter.
    The 2016 race should produce another great car count with Crate Late Models paying $2,000 to win, Super Street $800, Street Stock $300, Stock V8 $300, Mini Stock $700, Bomber/Extreme 4 $400 and Mini Late Models.

  • AJ’s Haven leads Tri-County honors

    FORT MILL –  Three Lancaster County high school football players were honored for their week 10 play at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill on Tuesday.
    Andrew Jackson’s Dalton “Tex” Haven was selected as the Division II (Class AAA-AA-A teams) Offensive Player of the Week for his play in AJ’s 33-7 road win over county rival Buford.
    Lancaster High School’s Fred Reid, a junior, was named the Division I (Class AAAA-AAAAA schools) Offensive Lineman of the Week.

  • Gray Collegiate rally foils AJ hopes

    Gray Collegiate Academy rallied to take a 3-2 win over Andrew Jackson High School in the second round of the Class AA Upper State volleyball playoffs on Monday.
    AJ started strong and forged a 2-0 edge in the best-of-five match, winning 25-23 and 25-18.
    Then, the Lady War Eagles rallied to win three straight – 29-27, 25-19 and 15-12.
    Andrew Jackson High volleyball coach John Verdugo said the loss was disappointing.

  • Bruins quest for berth

    For the Lancaster Bruins, it comes down to one game to decide where their 2016 football season goes this week.
    LHS, 4-5, 1-3, ventures to the Midlands on Thursday to battle Richland Northeast for the fourth seed out of Region III-AAAA.
    The winner moves on in the playoffs and the loser goes home for the 2016 season.
    “It is as simple as that,” LHS coach Bobby Collins said. “A win and you’re in, and a loss, well, the season is over. Basically, it’s a one-game season and winner takes all.”

  • Column: Defending ‘progressive left’ principles

    In reading the letters, comments and columns printed in these pages over the years, one could easily get the impression that holders of “progressive left” values are responsible for everything from the Biblical Flood to the Black Plague to the entire national debt, not to mention adolescent acne.

  • Time running out for mailing absentee ballot

    If you haven’t mailed your absentee ballot to elections officials by this afternoon, don’t mail it. You’re too late to guarantee that it arrives in time to count, and you’ll need to hand-deliver the ballot to the elections office.
    The Lancaster County Elections Office has mailed out more than 2,500 paper ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, including one sent to a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county elections director. So far, only 53 percent of the ballots have been returned.

  • Drought worsens, voluntary restrictions urged

    From release

    Lack of rain has pushed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin to the next level of drought designation, Duke Energy announced Tuesday.
    The basin’s Drought Management Advisory Group moved the area to Stage 1, is the second of five drought stages. It recommended voluntary water conservation by water users across the basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy.