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Today's News

  • Lady Jackets need one more win to be No. 1

    Buford needs one to be No. 1 on the Class AA softball diamond.
    The BHS Lady Jackets are a game away from a state softball crown after taking a 3-0 win over host Dillon in the Class AA state title series opener Monday ngiht.
    Buford scored three runs in the top of the sixth on two hits.
    BHS hurler Sydney Sullivan, who struck out nine and allowed one hit, held the Lady Wildcats the rest of the way to seal the win, Buford's seventh straight postseason shutout.

  • Buford faces Dillon for Class AA state softball crown

    The Dillon Lady Wildcats clawed back to win the Class AA Lower State softball championship with an exciting 4-3 win over Johnsonville on Saturday at the DHS field.

    Dillon, 21-5, advances to face Class AA Upper State champion Buford for the state softball crown in a best-of-three series.

    Game one in the series is at Dillon on Monday at 6:30 p.m., with game two set for Wednesday at BHS. Game three, if needed, will be played at a neutral site Friday.

  • Column: One person keeping you in the dark

    Government belongs to you, not to politicians.
    You have every right to know what your elected and appointed officials are up to and how government bureaucracies operate at every level, whether they be towns, cities, counties, school boards or state government.
    That’s why 40 years ago South Carolina enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It was model legislation for the nation at the time, but sorely needs updating to plug holes that have been created by those who don’t want to be bothered by citizen inquiries and sunshine on government.

  • Kershaw considers ‘splash pad’ at park

    KERSHAW – Stevens Park and Kershaw Recreation Center has rooms to rent, a bowling alley, playground equipment, a skate park, amphitheater, gazebo, walking trails and a swimming pool. A sand volleyball court is under construction.
    But there is a room for more and town officials are considering the notion of adding a splash-pad play area to the aquatic amenities, said town councilman Jody Connell.
    Connell said the idea was discussed during a March meeting with members of the Kershaw Community Park Council over future plans at Stevens Park.

  • Los Mariachis cited for alcohol violation

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has cited a local eatery for selling alcohol to minors.
    SLED spokesman Thom Berry said one of its alcohol enforcement team agents for the 6th Judicial Circuit cited Los Mariachis Restarante Mexicano, 1217 S.C. 9 Bypass West, on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) for selling alcohol to minors.
    “A complaint was lodged with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and our agent went in with some of theirs to check the business,” Berry said.
    The SLED agent issued one citation to a Los Mariachis patron for underage drinking.

  • SLED takes control of shelter probe

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate allegations of wrongdoing at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday.
    The shelter will remain closed until SLED completes the investigation, Willis said.
    “If SLED finishes up by Monday, the shelter will reopen then. We have public works and animal-control officers from the sheriff’s office caring for the animals until it reopens,” he said.

  • IL man charged with crushing Chihuahua

    An Indian Land man has been arrested after his roommate’s Chihuahua was crushed and nearly killed.
    Wilson Warner Cropp III, 29, of 7431 Sun Dance Drive, is charged with one count of ill treatment of animals, torture.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said Cropp’s roommate, Kelley Horne, came home from work about 7:25 a.m. and heard one of her two Chihuahuas, which had been locked in her bedroom, barking inside Cropp’s room.

  • Festival turns away 82 vendors

    This week’s Red Rose Festival will have 90 vendors, but would have attracted nearly twice that many if the event had a big enough footprint to accommodate them.
    Lancaster’s largest annual festival, in its seventh year, will take place Friday and Saturday along five Main Street blocks from Williams Street to Meeting Street.

  • IL Warriors fall to Bishop England in state soccer championship match

    Bishop England snapped a scoreless halftime with two goals in the second half to spark the Lower State champion Bishops to a 4-1 win over five-time Upstate champion Indian Land in the Class AA state title soccer match last night at W.C. Hawkins Stadium at Irmo High School.

    Bishop England forged a 3-0 lead before the Warriors scored on a Garrett Gerdes penalty kick.

  • Pitt Bulldogs blunt Lancers’ tourney title hopes

    The Pitt Community College Bulldogs halted the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s hopes of repeating as the NJCAA Region X baseball tournament champion.
    Third-seeded Pitt topped USCL, 11-6 to take the title and a bid to the Eastern District baseball tournament.
    USCL, which finished 38-21, entered the field as the fifth seed and reeled off three straight wins before falling to Pitt, 7-5 on Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C. The Bulldogs’ two-run win forced a second game Wednesday and the Bulldogs prevailed to take the tourney title.