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Today's News

  • BHS salutes state champs

    The newly crowned state champion Buford High School softball team drew the maroon and gold spotlight at the annual Jackets spring-winter sports awards on Tuesday night in the BHS gym.
    The Lady Jackets, 24-5, defeated Class AA Lower State champion Dillon, 2-1 to capture the best-of-three series, 2-1. The BHS team, which went 8-1 in postseason play, captured the Region IV-AA softball crown with a 12-0 mark and the Class AA Upstate championship with six straight wins.

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    Stumpy Pond paddle

    The Great Falls Home Town Association will sponsor a kayak/canoe paddle at 9 a.m. May 28 at Stumpy Pond Landing off S.C. 97 (Lancaster County side) as part of the Flopeye Fish Festival.

    This event is for experienced paddlers only, ages 13 and above. Participants must bring their own boats, flotation device and whistle. The paddle will end about 1 p.m.

  • Church News

    Vacation Bible Schools

    - Carolinas Cowboy Church will have VBS at 9 a.m. June 4 at the Ben Snipes Rodeo Arena, 1504 Caskey Road. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The theme is “Code of the West – Settin’ Things Right.” For details, call (704) 282-6519.

  • News Briefs

    Office closures

    - Lancaster city offices will be closed May 30 to observe Memorial Day. City offices will resume normal operations May 31. Emergency services such as fire and police will operate as usual.

  • Column: Pinckney honored: Celebrating shared history

    Last week in Charleston a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
    In addition to his likeness, the mural also has a short but powerful quote by Clem: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history – we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”

  • Racing set for Saturday night return at LSS

    Lancaster Super Speedway will return to action Saturday night when the big half-mile swings back to racing after a weekend off.
    The racing action will be headlined by the SECA Crate Late Model Division, one of the most popular divisions at Lancaster due to some of the fan favorites racing in the division.
    The Saturday racing card also features the Montgomery Towing Super Stock, Deal 1 Auto Sales SECA Crate Sportsman, Cauthen Motors Renegades, U.S. Bonding Vintage and M&M Garage Extreme 4.

  • IL’s Van Hoose signs with West Virginia Tech

    INDIAN LAND – Will Van Hoose is returning to his West Virginia roots to continue his education and athletic career.
    Van Hoose, an all-star wrestler at Indian Land and a former West Virginia resident, is headed back to the “Mountain State,” with big plans.
    Van Hoose, with an athletic and academic scholarship, will attend West Virginia Tech for college and wrestle for the Golden Bears.
    Van Hoose made his decision official Wednesday when he signed with West Virginia Tech in the Indian Land High School media center.

  • White tops Blue in 18-6 win

    The Lancaster Bruins capped spring football drills, with the White team taking an 18-6 win over the Blue squad in the annual LHS spring football game Monday at the Rice Athletic Complex field.
    The game was actually slated to be played Friday, but heavy rain washed out the action and the game was reset to Monday afternoon at the Rice Building field.
    The game, the third spring clash under LHS coach Bobby Collins, came down to overtime possessions.
    The White team was able to convert on their chances, while the Blue team was held scoreless to decide the game.

  • Column: Trump mimics NRA orthodoxy, but S.C. voters might disagree

    The papers this week had big stories about Donald Trump speaking to the National Rifle Association convention and accepting its endorsement. Among his promises was to eliminate gun-free zones in schools on his first day in office.
    In Trump’s typical over-the-top rhetoric, he proclaims himself the greatest defender of the Second Amendment in history.
    No surprise here – that’s Trump.

  • Editor's Column: 2 sketchy guys exit a pickup truck

    I had never killed anyone before.
    The two men stepped out of their pickup truck after I stopped them for speeding. One reached inside his coat, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at me. I shot him a half dozen times from 10 feet away.
    The other man was moving toward me, and I saw his hands jerk. I shot him too, pulling the trigger as fast as I could until my sidearm was empty. By the time the last few shots hit the man, he was already on the ground.