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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Deputies, SLED bust gambling operations

    An anonymous tip earlier this month led to charges against a Lancaster business owner and a Kershaw man for operating illegal gambling machines.
    Mark Daniel Johnson, 46, of Leadoff Road, and Shannon Dean Munn, 38, 6577 Munn St., Kershaw, turned themselves in to the Lancaster County Detention Center Monday, Aug. 17 in response to warrants from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Fire department dedicates Elgin Memorial Garden

    On Sunday, Aug. 16, about 200 people gathered in front of the Elgin Fire and Rescue station on Tram road. It was a very special day for the volunteer fire department as it dedicated the Elgin Memorial Garden.

  • Council considers moving economic development to county department

    The details are far from finalized, though discussions are ongoing, as county officials decide how to move forward after they resolved to withdraw funding and support for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. earlier this month.

  • Deputies respond to rash of gun incidents

    On Aug. 12, Lancaster County deputies arrested 37-year-old Bryan Javon Williams of Kershaw and a 16-year-old juvenile after a shootout in the street near their homes.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s detectives are also currently working three armed robberies in Lancaster since Aug. 13, including two this past Monday and Tuesday nights.
    Though more headline grabbing, the cases are far from the only crimes involving guns the sheriff’s office has investigated of late: Since Aug. 6, deputies have responded to at least four other calls involving guns.

  • Developer withdraws IL apartment propo

    Plans for a new Indian Land apartment complex were scrapped late last month after an Ohio-based developer rescinded its rezoning application with the county.
    Exactly one month to the day that representatives from Gross Builders, a company headquartered in North Royalton, Ohio, stepped to the podium inside Lancaster County Council chambers to discuss plans for building a new complex called Revere at Indian Land, the company informed council it was withdrawing its request.

  • No place tp go, no room to grow

    KERSHAW – Coming up with a bigger fire station isn’t an easy fix when you’re landlocked by a main road in front and railroad tracks in back.
    But’s that’s where the Kershaw Fire Department is, said fire chief Doug Spinks during a presentation to Kershaw Town Council on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
    A bigger fire station isn’t a want, Spinks said. It’s a need.