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Today's News

  • Woman extracted from SUV

    HEATH SPRINGS – Rescuers scrambled for 20 minutes early Wednesday to extract a Kershaw woman from her crushed SUV after it slammed into a tree on New Hope Road, and she was later charged with driving under the influence.
    Ashley Nicole Fort, 33, was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, then transferred to another medical facility for treatment, said a hospital spokeswoman. Fort’s condition was unknown at press time.

  • House panel OKs increasing gas tax

    COLUMBIA – A bill that raises the state’s 16-cents-per-gallon gas tax to 26 cents over five years passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday and is now headed to the House floor.
    If passed, the gas-tax hike, along with several other proposed fees, eventually would generate an additional $600 million a year to address the state’s deteriorated roads and bridges.

  • New details in high-profile murder cases

    New details emerged Thursday in some of the area’s highest-profile murder cases, as suspects appeared at  bond hearings in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Appearing before Circuit Judge Casey Manning were Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden and Chris Jawan Glass, two of the four defendants in the April 2016 drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Also appearing in court was Arkevous Jimon Cauthen, charged in the May 2016 killings of Sandra Johnson and John Harden Duncan in Heath Springs.

  • Lancaster man held on heroin charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday after police received a tip that he was selling drugs from a local motel room.
    Randy Chad Adams, 36, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. He was arrested at the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St.
    Lancaster Police Department investigators seized from Adams’ room a total of 1.82 grams of heroin in six separate packages for resale, along with five Xanax pills.

  • Lancers unbeaten with home sweep

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers, 7-0, drilled 18 hits on the way to a 24-2 win over Southeastern Community College of Whiteville, N.C., to cap a three-game sweep of the Rams on Sunday at the Lancaster High baseball field.
    The game was halted in the seventh inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
    Evan Edwards led the offense, which included seven home runs. Edwards had three hits, including a home run, and drove in a run.

  • Teams fall in mat playoffs

    Indian Land High wrestling coach Leon Boulware, despite seeing his Warriors’ team fall short in its quest to advance in the Class AAA Upper State playoffs, was still proud of his squad’s effort.
    “All of our wrestlers laid it on the line,” said Boulware. “I felt we competed real well.”
    The Warriors, who finished 22-6 for the dual match season, opened the playoffs at Emerald High in Greenwood with an 84-0 forfeit win over Mid-Carolina High School of Prosperity.
    Indian Land then faced host Emerald and dropped a 38-30 loss.

  • Westwood foils Bruins in sweep

    Westwood played the spoiler on Lancaster High School Senior Night, taking two wins over the host Bruins on Friday night.
    The Lady Red Hawks opened with a 53-38 win and the WHS boys followed with a tough 59-51 victory for the region sweep.
    The nightcap was a battle, with the Red Hawks rallying for the eight-point win over the Bruins.
    Westwood led for the better part of the game, but the determined Bruins stayed close to make it a game to the final whistle.
    WHS, up 25-23 at the half, owned a 40-34 lead after three periods, but Lancaster charged.

  • AJ Vols top Rams twice

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers captured both Region IV-AA home games with the Chesterfield Rams on Friday night.
    The AJ boys, ranked sixth in Class AA, posted a 68-45 win.
    The Lady Vols won a nail-biting game, 54-44.
    The sixth-ranked AJ girls fought hard against the Rams throughout the game.
    The lead exchanged back and forth throughout the first three quarters.
    Each team answered points for points. The Lady Vols pulled ahead in the fourth and held on for the tough victory.

  • Pressley nets milestone in IL win

    The Indian Land High girls continued their stellar play, rolling to a 72-45 win over Camden on Warriors Senior Night on Friday.
    The ILHS girls’ 27-point win gave them a Region III-AAA split after the Warriors dropped a 71-58 loss to the Bulldogs.  The Lady Warriors, with their seventh straight win, are 10-7, 6-1 in region play atop the league standings.
    The Lady Warriors, up 12-10 after one period, ignited in the second quarter with a 20-9 surge to take a 32-19 halftime lead.

  • Column: How did state’s pension system end up broken?

    Last month, a state House and Senate panel offered its solutions to fix South Carolina’s pension system, which is anywhere from $20 billion to $74 billion in debt, depending on whom you ask. What isn’t being discussed much now is how the pension system got this bad, likely because a lot of legislative leaders have overseen its decline.
    There are a lot of reasons for this fiasco. Two of the biggest are poor investments and an unreasonably high assumed rate of return.