Today's News

  • Ken Burger: Everyone has a story

    Ken Burger died Oct. 20. He was the most interesting, special and unique son of South Carolina that I have ever known. Period.

    If that sounds like graveside hyperbole, consider his one-sentence bio: Born and raised in Allendale, Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, is a grateful recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a happy man.

    Journalist Ken was a stickler for the facts, so I’ll correct one and add a few. He did not survive cancer, and his one-line bio does not do him justice.

  • LHS students respond to immigration debate

    My AP U.S. history students at Lancaster High School have read with interest the two guest columns in The Lancaster News regarding immigration from Oct. 21 and 28.

  • Barbara a true friend, a rock-solid colleague

    A couple of weeks back, I did some fall cleaning in my Lancaster News work area.
    I found plenty of past personal notes and cards, but what I ran across the most was Christmas cards from retiring editor Barbara Rutledge.
    Each was more than a simple Yule greeting. She expressed her thanks for my work over the previous year, as well as best wishes for my family during the Christmas season.
    Her simple words were extraordinary: “Time to focus on family and friends.”
    That was Barbara in a nutshell.

  • Baskins acquitted in Barnes murder

    A Lancaster jury found a Charlotte man not guilty Thursday in the 2012 murder of a Lancaster woman, but convicted him on a lesser weapon charge.
    Roger L. Baskins, 43, stood trial last week for the Feb. 9, 2012, murder of 47-year-old Cynthia Barnes, who was found dead insider her home at 717 E. Dunlap St.
    The circumstances surrounding the murder largely remained a mystery until Baskins’s trial, which revealed the brutality of the crime. She had been stabbed 25 times with a screwdriver and shot three times.

  • ‘Forever ’bee in our hearts

    Peering up at the gleaming Yellow Jacket sculpture perched high above her, Ashley Cooper smiled and slowly nodded her head in remembrance.
    For Cooper, a 16-year-old junior at Buford High School, the shiny, brushed-metal sculpture of the school’s mascot isn’t just a source of school pride, but a beacon of hope and reflection for the Buford community.

  • Election commission certifies election results

    With the voting process high tech, it’s a straightforward, no-nonsense process to determine the winners.
    However, when factors ranging from wrong addresses, misspelled names and improper IDs come into play, it’s up to the Lancaster County Election Commission to make sure that every ballot that can be counted, gets counted.
    That’s what its members did for about two hours Thursday morning, Nov. 5.

  • Big Thursday bragging rights at stake Nov. 19

    The links streak will be on the line Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    The team of University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers and USC Gamecock golfers will be out to pad their string of golf triumphs in the 14th annual Big Thursday golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    A year ago, the Gamecocks and Lancers teamed for an 8.5-7.5 win over the Clemson golfers at the LGC.

  • Former LHS Bruins in USC hoops exhibition

    Lancaster High School will have a solid hoops presence at the University of South Carolina men’s basketball exhibition today, Sunday, with Allen University in USC’s Colonial Life Arena.
    Two former Bruins’ players will be competing on each side, with junior Avery Harris playing for Allen and junior Sindarius Thornwell playing for USC in the game, which tips off at 4 p.m.
    Admission is free.

  • Team’s 51 tops Rub of the Green field

    The winning team shot a 55 to take top honors in the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce 25th annual Founders Federal Credit Union Rub of the Green golf tournament.
    The team notched eagles on both par fives on the backside of the Sun City course. The team’s handicap score was a 51.
    Winning team member Mickey Phillips showed his team how to use the short iron by winning the men’s closet-to-the-pin on the 154-yard seventh, dropping his ball some six inches from the cup for an easy birdie.

  • Buford battles Landrum

    The Buford High School volleyball team hopes its home-court edge continues one more round as the Lady Jackets host Landrum High for the Class AA Upper State championship on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
    The Lady Jackets, 20-2, have posted three straight postseason wins – all by 3-0 sweeps – to earn the right to face the LHS Lady Cardinals for the chance to move to the Class AA state title match.
    Buford, the Region IV-AA champion, disposed of Keenan High School of Columbia on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to advance to face Landrum.