Today's News

  • Vols banking on solid 2018 season

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers baseball team returns a solid nucleus this season after finishing fourth in Region IV-AA and qualifying for the Class AA Upper State playoffs in 2017.

    The Vols, led by veteran coach Mike Lucas, are looking to back up their No. 7 preseason Class AA ranking by Diamond Prospects.

    “We play in a tough region and you have to bring your ‘A’ game each night,” Lucas said.

  • Ford issues ‘do not drive’ order on pickup model that killed local man

    Two years after a Kershaw man was killed by an airbag explosion in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, Ford and Mazda have issued a “do not drive” warning for more than 35,000 Rangers and the similar Mazda B-body pickups, citing danger from their Takata airbag inflators.
    Ford added 33,428 vehicles, which were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall, because the inflators on these 2006 trucks may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash compared to other recalled Takata inflators, according to a Ford press release.

  • Heath Springs moves toward eliminating municipal court

    HEATH SPRINGS – In another cost-cutting move, Heath Springs officials voted this week to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court.
    Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to move ahead with that plan and ask the county magistrate’s office to handle any cases that arise. 

  • Kershaw raises garbage fee for out-of-town customers

    KERSHAW – Town officials voted Monday night to increase garbage fees 37 percent – from $16 a month to $22 – for 60-plus residents who live outside the city limits but use the town’s garbage service.
    “Our citizens in town now pay more” than the out-of-town customers had been paying, said town administrator Mitch Lucas in his recommendation to council.

  • School board sets next year’s calendar

    The Lancaster County School Board unanimously approved the 2018-19 school calendar this week, with first semester not ending until after winter break.
    The board was not happy about that.
    “All we would need is five days,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “I wish I had said this before, but talk to your legislators – we need them here.”

  • Attendance zones finalized for Panhandle elementaries

    The Lancaster County school board has approved changes in elementary attendance zones needed to accommodate the new Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The zones split the Panhandle among Harrisburg, Indian Land and Van Wyck elementaries. The proposed zones were originally brought before the board Jan. 16.
    Students who live north of S.C. 160 to the state line are in the Harrisburg zone. Those south of 160 and north of Jim Wilson Road will attend Indian land Elementary. And those from Jim Wilson Road south to S.C. 5 will go to the new Van Wyck Elementary School.

  • Bauknight named U.N. goodwill ambassador

    Lancaster-born documentary photographer Catherine Bauknight received two international awards Thursday and was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
    Bauknight, whose documentary subjects include the Catawba Indian Nation, was presented the Golden Rule International award by a group of the same name during a ceremony in Glendale, Calif.
    Golden Rule International is affiliated with the United Nations’ Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative Organization.

  • New revenue source would bolster ethics investigations

    Larissa Johnson
    Carolina Reporter

    Lobbyists fill the second-floor lobby of the State House while the S.C. legislature is in session.
    Relationships between legislators and lobbyists, especially when money is involved, is a key focus of the State Ethics Commission.
    The commission, responsible for enforcing ethics laws for more than 24,000 elected officials and candidates, has been without a lawyer since October, a vacancy that could hamper enforcement of ethical-conduct laws.

  • Local man gets prison on federal gun charge

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison on a federal gun charge after seven guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his home last year.
    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, of 845 Confederate Ave., was sentenced as a felon in possession of a firearm.
    Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie handed down the sentence following a plea hearing.

  • Democrat Smith stumps in IL

    At his first campaign stop in Lancaster County, Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith introduced himself to about 100 attendees Thursday night with a story about 9/11.
    “We all remember where we were on that day,” said Smith, an 11-term S.C. House member from Columbia. “I had the chance to visit Ground Zero, and it just assaulted all the senses, sight and sound.”

    While he was there, crews removed a victim’s body from the rubble.