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Today's News

  • USCS Sprint Cars run Saturday

    The United Sprint Car Series Thunder Tour, presented by K&N Filters, returns to Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.

    The event promises to be loaded with an action-packed sprint car racing program with some of the country's top-ranked drivers competing.

    The USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars will have a full racing program, including their test and tune hot laps, the Hoosier Speed Dash, qualifying heat races and the main event.

  • Cubs set to open season on Saturday

    The baseball team formerly known as the Carolina Marlins has a new name and home field.

    The Marlins are now the Carolina Cubs who play their home games at the Great Falls High School baseball field, located at Ballpark Road in Great Falls, 29055.

    All Cubs’ home games begin at 4 p.m.

    The Cubs, led by coach Kelvin Whitener, open their 2017 season Saturday when they play at 4 p.m. against the Antreville A’s at the GFHS baseball field.

  • Column: These S.C. ethics bodies just aren’t working — and we have proof

    Last week the S.C. House approved the first round of nominees for the state’s new Ethics Commission, and Sen. John Courson appeared before a judge to post bond dealing with criminal ethics-violation charges.
    These two events, which happened within hours of each other, are the perfect backdrop to show how South Carolina’s current ethics system has failed us and how the law that will take effect this month will likely suffer the same fate.

  • Suspicious fire at local child-care center

    Local authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at a child-care center on Airport Road early Monday morning.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters responded to Freshly Anointed Child Care at 2376 Airport Road about 4:16 a.m. They found a fire on the outside of the building that had nearly burned itself out.
    He said no one was inside the center and no one was injured, and the building suffered virtually no structural damage.

  • Free tax-prep help available as deadline nears

    There are only 11 days left until the official end of the tax season. All 2016 income tax returns must be filed by April 18.
    If you haven’t had time to file or maybe it just slipped your mind, there are still plenty of places in Lancaster that can help. On average, tax preparation done by a professional costs about $120. Two volunteer groups are offering free help completing tax forms in Lancaster and Indian Land – the AARP Foundation and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by the United Way.
    AARP tax help

  • Man shot at IL home

    A man was injured in what was reported as an accidental shooting late Saturday at a home in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said emergency personnel and deputies responded about 9:25 p.m. to 667 Bolick Road, where they found the seriously injured victim suffering from a gunshot to the stomach. Bolick Road is off Possum Hollow Road.
    The victim, who was visiting the home, was transported to an area hospital, where he was still being treated Monday, though he is expected to recover, Barfield said.

  • SWAT team storms Heath Springs house, ending long, puzzling night

    It was not a typical quiet Tuesday night on R.B. Moses Road outside Heath Springs.
    Sheriff’s officers besieged a house there from before midnight until almost daybreak after a stubborn man – who was not the one suspected of a crime – refused their commands to come outside.
    The county SWAT team surrounded the place and eventually broke down the door to get at him.
    The trouble started about 11:20 p.m. when deputies arrived to investigate a reported robbery at the house. R.B. Moses Road is off Beecher Horton Road, just west of Heath Springs.

  • Narrow escape

    A Second Baptist Church bus burst into flames about 6 p.m. Tuesday, moments after a group of children stepped off it in the church parking lot.
    No one was hurt, though the blaze caused a lot of rubbernecking by passing motorists along Great Falls Highway.

  • Santorum calls Tom Mullikin ‘Trumpian’ pick

    Tom Mullikin campaigned in Lancaster for the 5th District congressional seat Thursday, and he brought an ex-GOP presidential candidate to town with him.
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012, said the passionate and no-nonsense Mullikin is clearly the right choice to represent District 5.
    “This is a guy who’s all-in,” Santorum said during a 7:30 a.m. meet-and-greet at the historic Edwards Scott House downtown. “That’s the type of commitment we need…. He’s a Trumpian kind of figure.”

  • Falling tree kills Buford woman

    At least one person was killed Thursday when a tree crushed a mobile home about 5 p.m. in the 4700 block of Pageland Highway, about a half-mile east of Buford Crossroads.
    “There is one confirmed fatality and the coroner’s office has been notified,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder.

    Officials did not identify the victim by press time, but Patrick Burgess, 17, identified her as his grandmother, Coleen Burgess.