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Today's News

  • Column: This election, let’s finally pick a leader

    I am reminded of a story about Capt. William Swenson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009.  
    On that day, American and Afghan troops were making their way through a part of Afghanistan to help protect a group of government/Afghan officials, who would be meeting with local village elders. They came under ambush, and were surrounded on three sides.

  • Column: Registering journalists a laughable proposal

    I had more fun responding to inquiries about S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts’ journalist-registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press.
    A client called and asked what the response to the bill should be. I responded, “laughter.”
    Unfortunately, many news organizations groaned and harrumphed like the sea lions on the beach in front of William Randolph Hearst’s castle in California. A reaction I suspect Pitts desired.

  • City starts 2016-17 budget process

    Members of Lancaster City Council will start hashing out the municipality’s financial issues for the upcoming year by holding a budget goal session meeting Saturday, Feb. 6.
    The meeting is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.
    “We are now 50 percent through the budget year, which means we get to start planning for the next one,” said city Finance Director James Absher.  
    The meeting includes council discussions, as well as feedback from the city’s 10 department heads.

  • Great Falls man charged in dog-dragging incident

    A Great Falls man has been charged with animal mistreatment in the case of a dog apparently dragged behind a vehicle and severely injured in December.
    Billy Ray Huskey, 48, of Forest Lakes Circle, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 30, booked in the Fairfield County Detention Center and released on $5,000 bond.
    “We are pleased to announce this arrest,” said Sheriff Will Montgomery. “The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office treats any offenses against animals very seriously.”

  • Couple tied up, robbed at IL home

    An older Indian Land couple was tied up and robbed during a home invasion Wednesday evening, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
    The home invasion was the second in Lancaster County in less than a week.
    The Indian Land incident at 6946 Cureton Taylor Drive happened between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

  • Road Trip

    Panthers fans from Lancaster County are heading west in quest of coveted and historic silver – the Lombardi Trophy – on the NFL Championship’s golden anniversary.
    Local Carolina fans have high hopes for Super Bowl 50, to be played Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the NFC champion Panthers will battle the AFC champion Denver Broncos in the hunt for their first World Championship.
    The game, airing on CBS, kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
    Chris Gordon and his wife, Shantrell, will be there. They flew out Thursday.

  • Bizarre Russian roulette suicide
  • Deputies seek suspects in IL armed robbery

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a Feb. 3 armed robbery.  
    About 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to the home of an older couple on Cureton Taylor Drive, just south of Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75).
    The wife said while she was outside with the couple’s dog, two black men wearing masks approached her. One man had a black handgun with a long barrel, and the other a knife.

  • County quintet signs

    Five Lancaster County athletes signed athletic scholarships on national signing day.

    Two Buford High School football players are taking their games to the next level.

    Jackets' senior kicker-punter Wade Lambert is headed to The Citadel in Charleston, while Lambert's BHS teammate, ace defensive back Christian Catledge, has signed to play football at Newberry College. Catledge played in the North-South All-Star game.

  • Region IV-AA honors 10 county wrestlers

    Ten Lancaster County high school wrestlers who compete in Region IV-AA have earned all-region honors. Buford and Indian Land each had four wrestlers honored by the region, while Andrew Jackson had two Vols’ grapplers to reap all-region laurels.
    Indian Land, which placed third in the final regular-season region standings, was led by Will Van Hoose at 195, Richie Wilkinson at 152, Kyle Daley at 132 and Austin Ross, a 106 pounder.