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Today's News

  • Wreck knocks out power in Buford on a cold night

    Nearly 900 Lancaster County homes lost power Saturday night during frigid weather, some for several hours, after a car knocked down a power pole on Zion Road in Buford.
    The accident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Zion Road, near Old Pardue Road, nearly 3 miles northeast of Lancaster. According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with S.C. Highway Patrol, one vehicle was travelling west on Zion Road and hit the power pole, which caused another vehicle, which was heading east, to run into downed power lines.

  • Cold snap finally ends at 7 nights

    Lancaster County experienced sub-20-degree lows for seven consecutive days, a harrowing cold snap that ended Monday morning.
    By Tuesday afternoon, it felt downright springlike, with temperatures in the 60s and glorious sunshine.
    The Charlotte office of the National Weather Service, which has been collecting data since 1878, matched our seven straight frigid nights, and said that tied for its fourth-longest below-20 cold snap on record. Columbia had six consecutive days, breaking its record of five.

  • Indian Land Warriors drop two at Chester

    Indian Land High School’s Region IV-AAA opener was a bummer.

    The Warriors, launching region play at Chester, dropped both games Friday night.

    The Lady Cyclones snapped a long losing skid, taking a 52-35 win over the Lady Warriors to open the twin bill.

    In the nightcap, Chester routed the Warriors in a 109-69 win.

    Indian Land’s girls, 0-10, fell behind early, but stayed within range before the Lady Cycs took the 17-point win.

    Chester, 1-13, was up 13-10 after one period and took a 28-20 lead at the half.

  • Lady Bruins rally for win at York opener

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins started slow, but picked up the pace to take a 40-37  comeback win for a split in their Region III-AAAA opener at York on Friday night.

    The Bruins, in the nightcap, dropped a 76-55 loss to the Cougars.

    Matters didn’t look good for the LHS girls, down 24-14 at the half.

    The 7-2 Lady Bruins, who have won seven straight, began to rally in the third period, with an 11-5 surge to slice the gap, 29-25.

  • Yellow Jackets take two from Rams

    BUFORD – It was a swarm sweep for the host Buford Yellow Jackets on Saturday night.

    The Jackets, in their first home hoops game of 2018, stung the Chesterfield Rams for a pair of Region IV-AA wins.

    The game was originally set for Friday, but moved to Saturday because Chesterfield was out of school Friday due to a late week winter storm.

    The Buford Lady Jackets launched the sweep, taking a 55-40 win over the Lady Rams.

    The nightcap was closer, with the Jackets taking a 60-54 win over CHS.

  • Rep. Newton runs for re-election

    First-term Republican Rep. Brandon Newton is running again for his District 45 seat in the S.C. House.
    “Even though it seems like only yesterday that I was sworn into office, it is time to begin looking toward June and November,” Newton said Monday.
    Newton was recently appointed to the Education and Public Works Committee and still serves on the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee.

  • Rescuers can’t save horse that fell through ice

    HEATH SPRINGS – First responders worked for nearly two hours Saturday but were unable to save a horse that wandered out onto a frozen pond on Cottage Road and fell through the ice.
    Mike Dazzo with Lancaster County EMS said the dispatch call originally went out as a fallen person, but when paramedic Tony Graham and his partner, Daniel Mahaffey, arrived on-scene, they immediately called for assistance from the fire department.

  • Christie preserving natural, cultural heritage of region

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has named Dick Christie its new executive director.
    “I’ve only been here a week, but I’ve accomplished a little bit,” said Christie, who took the job at the local land conservancy Jan. 1 after the retirement of Barry Beasley. “I’ve got some pretty large shoes to fill.”

  • Haile mine gives 367 acre tract to KVLT

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine’s owner has donated 367 acres along Flat Creek in eastern Lancaster County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust, adding to the thousands of acres the company has set aside for conservation.
    The tracts border S.C. 265 and Taxahaw Road, with a good deal of frontage along the creek.
    “We’re real excited about the properties,” said KVLT Executive Director Dick Christie. “It’s going to be land that’s protected through best management practices.”

  • Column: Prefiled bills include oddities

    The S.C. legislative session started Tuesday, and a common theme in our recent state governance is that much of the legislation that’s proposed would do more harm than good.
    Unfortunately, if recently prefiled legislation (bills filed in advance for the upcoming year) is any indication, 2018 will be more of the same.
    While some proposals seem well thought out, others simply lack all signs of common sense. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more ridiculous prefile bills from the House alone.