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Today's News

  • Willis interim economic director

    County Administrator Steve Willis can soon add “interim economic development director” to his resume following a vote by county officials Monday night.

    During Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 24 meeting, Willis was authorized to assume the responsibility of leading the county’s new in-house economic development department for “up to 30 days.”

  • GOP presidential hopefull Scott Walker visits Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – Before noon Monday, Aug. 24, cars lined Del Webb Boulevard as a crowd of several hundred people eagerly awaited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was on his way to the Sun City Carolina Lakes pavilion, where he would soon speak.

    Security was tight as people came to hear the Republican candidate discuss the issues of the day and explain why he was running for U.S. president.

  • Kershaw Town Council discusses court costs

    KERSHAW – Members of Kershaw Town Council are going to take a closer look at the municipality’s court system to see if there is a way to make it more cost-efficient.

    The matter was discussed in detail at the Tuesday, Aug. 18, council meeting.

    It came up after councilman Wade Hunter noticed a drop in the amount of revenue the town gets from its share of traffic fines.

    “Last court, we had four tickets,” Hunter said. “The next court, we don’t have any.”

  • Sycamore Partners to buy Belk for $3 billion

    Since the construction of Lancaster Square Shopping Center on North Main Street in the mid-1970s, its one constant, unwavering tenant has been Belk.

    Other retailers may come and go, but the Charlotte-based department store remains and will remain for now.

    Its executives say Belk employees and customers will still have a local Belk to work at and shop at after the family-owned chain was sold Monday, Aug. 24, to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $3 billion.

  • Racing action features exciting night

    Lancaster Super Speedway action featured a wild night of racing at the half-mile oval Saturday, Aug. 22.
    In the Faith Funderburke Realty Super Stock main event, the front row was Brandy Baker and Johnny Starkey.
    When the green flag dropped to start the race, it was Baker, Starkey, Joseph Engelbrecht and Joseph Richardson battling for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Baker, Starkey, Engelbrecht and Andy Hodges battled for the lead.

  • Olivers pace LJGA effort in all-star field

    The Olivers led the way for the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association in the annual Thomas D. Todd all-stars tournament at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six on Aug. 22-23.
    David Oliver and his sister Braelyn Oliver were the top finishes for the LJGA all-stars in the two-day tournament.
    David Oliver, in the boys 7-9 age division, tied for second with a 73 over 18 holes. Landry Williams, age 6, placed ninth.
    Braelyn Oliver, in the girls 7-9 age group, finished fourth and Rachel Kate Hinson was sixth.

  • Tight play highlights Bear Hug Brawl

    Tight play highlighted action in the fourth annual Bear Hug Brawl at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 22.
    The annual junior varsity football showcase, which spotlights county jayvee football and cheer squads, is held in memory of Buford High junior varsity football player Seth Muennich, who died in an auto accident near the school in 2011.
    Funds benefit the Seth Muennich Foundation, Seth’s Giving Tree.
    The jamboree’s name comes from the physical embraces, which Seth Muennich was known for during his lifetime.

  • Rivals battle in openers

    The 2015 Lancaster County high school football season kicks off with a big kick as rivalry clashes highlight opening night only several miles part.
    Andrew Jackson, launching a new era in Volunteers football with new head coach C.J. Frye, will host rival Lancaster, while 15 miles up the road and to the east, Buford battles old foe Indian Land.
    The games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.
    Lancaster and AJ will be meeting for the 46th time dating back to the first clash in 1970.
    Frye said the Bruins are a “tough team.”

  • State workers must take ethics training

    The new state Department of Administration paid about $61,000 for a web-based training program on ethics that some 24,000 state employees will have to watch.

    Under a 2014 executive order by Gov. Nikki Haley establishing the “State Employee Code of Conduct Task Force,” which made the training recommendations, the instruction is mandatory for workers in the governor’s 17 cabinet agencies and Governor’s Office.

  • Cops deal with issues we avoid

    Retiree Day at the Lancaster Police Department was Aug. 7. Nine of us gathered at the pistol range to eat biscuits, drink coffee, tell war stories and qualify to carry a concealed weapon.

    The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004, requires local departments to provide a qualified law enforcement retiree with a valid concealed carry ID and to qualify them with their handgun once a year at the officer’s expense.

    The Feds don’t require the biscuits, the coffee or the war stories.