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Today's News

  • Spearman: Federal directive won’t change much in S.C.

    Little is expected to change in S.C. public schools in response to the recent directive from the Obama administration on the civil rights of transgender students, according to state Education Superintendent Molly Spearman.
    The federal directive, in the form of a May 13 letter from the Justice and Education departments, told public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. The Obama administration said the letter was in response to school leaders seeking direction on the matter.

  • Buford Battleground filming rescheduled

    Filming of a documentary on the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution by SCETV at Buford Battlefield this Saturday has been rescheduled because of the likelihood of rain.
    Ken Obriot, president of Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield, said production of the program will instead be moved to Saturday, June 11, with crews filming throughout the day.
    Obriot said with a 100 percent chance of rain this weekend, Friends and SCETV made the call to cancel this Saturday’s filming.

  • William Witherspoon to lead S.C. Bar

    A Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster sheriff’s deputy is set to take the helm of the South Carolina Bar as the attorney organization’s new president.
    William K. Witherspoon is to be sworn in during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting in Columbia Thursday, an S.C. Bar release said. S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Costa Pleicones will administer the oath of office.

  • Oh, no! Dismal festival forecast

    This weekend’s Red Rose Festival is going on as scheduled, despite a dismal weather forecast.
    “It’s rain or shine,” said Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster. “The one thing we know how to do around here is wear rain boots.”
    Friday’s weather forecast is calling for rain late in the day and overnight. Saturday’s forecast calls for heavy rain in the morning.
    Timmons said he’s been checking weather forecasts almost hourly this week, hoping they will change.

  • 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.