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Today's News

  • Desperate evacuation from Puerto Rico

    Like millions of other Americans, David Garcia waited with dread Sept 19 as Hurricane Maria approached his beloved Puerto Rico, the second major hurricane to threaten the island in two weeks.
    Huddled around a phone at their home in Indian Land, Garcia and wife Jennifer checked in with his cousin, Ivette Escobar, back on the island with her family.

  • High-fives and tears at Buford Elementary

    Teacher Laura Grimm threw her hands in the air Friday as she took a victory lap around Buford Elementary with ecstatic news – she’s in remission after an unexpected three-month journey fighting cancer.
    The hallways full of administrators, students and teachers cheered as she ran through, high-fiving and hugging them along the way.
    Grimm, who has taught music at BES for 35 years, beamed and shed joyful tears.
    Students waved handmade signs proclaiming, “You’re a survivor!” and “You are a superwoman!”

  • Skateboarder killed during midnight ride on a highway

    A skateboarder was killed and a bicyclist seriously injured Thursday night when they were struck by a car on Lynwood Drive south of Lancaster.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Lorenzo Velasco Carlos, 20, of Lancaster.
    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the accident happened about 11:55 p.m. on Lynwood Drive near Holly Hill Lane about 2 miles south of the city.

  • I’ll just click here for my water bill – Oh, my word!

    If you’re looking for mild-mannered municipal information and log onto www.townofkershaw.net, you’re in for a shock.
    Someone has taken over the town’s domain name and transformed it into a porn site.
    Kershaw Town Councilman Eddie Coates discovered the change in August when he was preparing to file for reelection.
    “I was just trying to see what I needed to do,” he said. “I went to the county’s website, clicked on our link, and well, there it was.

  • NASC celebrates 5th anniversary

    USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center celebrated its fifth anniversary Thursday with Catawba pottery-making demonstrations and traditional music echoing throughout the exhibit halls.
    “It’s amazing to see what was started when people believed in the dream,” Mayor John Howard told the crowd. “It’s amazing to see what has happened to downtown Lancaster in just five years, and just imagine what will define it five years from now.”

  • 11-year-old injured in hit-and-run

    An 11-year-old boy was injured Thursday night in a hit-and-run accident just south of Lancaster, and the Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle involved.
    The boy, whose identity has not been released, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he was found lying next to the road at 8:25 p.m. His condition was unknown at press time.
    According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the incident happened on Evans Drive, near Barnett Street off McIlwain Road.

  • $7.2 million worth of fire trucks

    A $7.2 million photo was taken Sept. 30 in the county administration parking lot.
    It’s a group shot of the 18 new fire trucks now in station houses across Lancaster County.
    “It’s an awesome thing to stand there and see all that apparatus side by side like that,” said Darren Player, Lancaster County Fire Rescue director. “You realize a huge cooperative effort made the photo possible. From our elected leaders to volunteers who do the lion’s share of the work and a career staff…. That’s quite a coalition at work.”

  • After saving a barred owl, Pegrams get to free one

    After nearly two months recovering at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., barred owl Luna’s release back into the wild was expected to take place in front of the Pegram household where she was rescued.  
    But after some wires were crossed with her paperwork, she was released during a festival in Gaston County, N.C.
    Nine-year-old Madalyn Pegram was surprised when mom Stacy told her she wouldn’t get to see her owl released. “She was disappointed but ultimately happy Luna was able to be released,” Pegram said.

  • Vespe sparks Junior Jackets to victory

    The Buford High Junior Jackets, sparked by Tyler Vespe, posted their first win, a 28-22 victory over host North Central on Thursday night.

    BHS, 1-4, broke on top as Evan Teague scored on a 25-yard run and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

    NCHS tied the game at 8-all, but Teague hooked up with Vespe on an 80-yard scoring pass to give Buford a 14-8 edge.

    Vespe put the Junior Jackets up, 22-14 with a 24-yard touchdown run. Vespe scored on the conversion.

  • Blue Devils won Upper State title in convincing win over Norway

    (Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series about the 1967 Heath Springs Blue Devils’ run to the Class C state football championship.)


    Charles Ussery

    For The Lancaster News

    The conference champion Heath Springs Blue Devils launched their postseason run, facing Norway High for the Upper State title.

    Norway, 15 miles from Orangeburg, was undefeated and unscored on during the 1967 high school football season.