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Today's News

  • Vols golfers third in AA state tourney

    Waccamaw, sparked by Patrick Golden’s record effort, captured the Class AA state golf championship on Tuesday at the True Blue Golf Club on Pawley’s Island True Blue Plantation.
    Golden, for 36 holes, posted a sizzling 130 (67-63) to help WHS topped the field by 15 shots.
    The Braves shot a 581 to top runner-up Bishop England with 596 strokes. Andrew Jackson, the four-time Region IV-AA champion, was third overall with a 621.
    Pendleton posted a 635 to place fourth, two shots ahead of Ninety Six with a 637.

  • Rabon signs with Winthrop

    BUFORD – Buford High School three-sport star Autumn Rabon’s days as a Lady Jackets ace and BHS student are dwindling, so she’s making them special.
    Monday was extraordinary for the 6-1 Buford High student-athlete as she signed a college scholarship to continue her education and track career at Winthrop University.

  • Dillon wins, forces game 3

    BUFORD – Dillon used the long ball to extend the Class AA softball state championship series to a third and deciding game today at South Florence High School.
    The Lady Wildcats, down 1-0 to Class AA Upstate champion Buford entering game two at the BHS Lady Jackets’ field, rallied for a 5-3 win in extra innings to force decisive game three.
    Buford, 22-5, captured game one in the best-of-three series Monday when the Lady Jackets, who had won seven straight in the Class AA playoffs, posted a 3-0 win at Dillon.

  • Decisive game 3 today at South Florence

    Upstate champion Buford and Lower State titlist Dillon will meet today in decisive game three at South Florence High School in Florence at 6:30 p.m. to determine the 2016 Class AA state softball champion.
    Buford, unbeaten in the playoffs to start the best-of-three Class AA state title series, won the playoff opener, 3-0 behind right-hander Sydney Sullivan’s one-hitter and nine strikeouts.
    Dillon came back in game two at Buford, prevailing on a 5-3 win in nine innings.

  • Column: County needs to hit ‘pause’ on residential growth in IL

    We need to talk about better planning for our community and infrastructure.
    Because of the company I worked for back in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to see two huge 4- by 6-foot mark-up boards of artist renderings for Ballantyne. I’ll never forget how impressive it was to see pictures of farmland at the time look so modern and beautifully planned. What is even more impressive is that what we see there today looks just like what was designed back then, as if paper came to life. This is the best example of planning I can think of.

  • Column: Is $5 too much? Doc, dad haggle over payment for home birth

    Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, the doctors had that good bedside manner about them. We never knew what an emergency room was. When the need was there, the doctor came to your home, and he didn’t charge you an arm and a leg, either.
    I guess I am a living example of this. You see, I was born in Peachland, N.C. You might call it a one-horse town back in the day. My dad had a farm with several horses, some cows, a few chickens and a lumber mill business.

  • Heath Springs delays painting train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that the historic railroad depot in the county’s smallest town needs a fresh coat of paint, but town leaders are going to put off the work for at least one more month.
    It’s not paying for the work that’s the issue, but getting someone to do it.
    In April, members of town council appointed councilman Mark Bridges to work with administrator Tony Starnes to get bids for the work and then report back for their May meeting.

  • Gift card bail ‘cops’ strike again

    A 75-year-old Kershaw woman is the latest victim of a scheme in which phone scammers posing as out-of-state cops demand payment for a grandson’s bail using prepaid gift cards.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman got a phone call about 1 p.m. Tuesday from someone posing as her grandson, who told her he was in trouble with the police in Chesapeake, Va.
    The woman said afterward a “Sgt. Jonathan Griffin” got on the line and said her grandson needed to be bailed out of jail.

  • Kershaw town council passes first reading of $3.8M budget

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed $3.8 million 2016-17 budget Monday night, though its members aren’t quite sure yet how it will impact taxpayers.
    Mitch Lucas, the town’s interim administrator, said he is still waiting on the final county numbers on how much the town will get in property tax revenue for 2016-17.
    The town, he said, has received the final index numbers for the mandated Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) credit factor, which provides a property tax rollback for homeowners.

  • Clemson part of federal consortium to envision new U.S. textile industry

    Paul Alongi
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programs and help veterans integrate into the work force as part of a $317 million federal plan that aims to remake U.S. textile manufacturing into a high-tech business.