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Today's News

  • AJ golfers improve to 28-1

    Andrew Jackson upped its golf record to 28-1 with wins over McBee and Manning at the Cheraw State Park course on Wednesday.
    AJ topped the field with a 150. McBee followed with a 161 and Manning finished with a 168.
    Logan Sowell shot a 34 to pace the Vols. Caleb Brown posted a 35, with Emily Cox carding a 38. Chandler Norville and Mason Sowell each had a 43. Nick Dorman carded a 49.
    AJ faces Blythewood at the Columbia Country Club on Monday and plays a four-way match with host Lugoff-Elgin, Cheraw and North Central on Wednesday.

  • Founding Leadership gives insight

    In this day and age of sports, coaches often claim there’s no off-season.
    When the season is complete and the last game is played, there’s always the play to find the edge for the coming season.
    Founding Leadership provides the means to gain the upper hand through career development and personal growth.
    The fourth annual Founding Leadership, hosted at the Founders Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters on Tuesday, offered college and high school coaches a chance to step-up their game.

  • Lady Jackets region champs

    The Buford High Lady Jackets neatly wrapped up the Region IV-AA softball crown with a 10-0 home win over county rival Indian Land on Wednesday night.
    The Lady Jackets, 12-0 in region play, are 15-3 on the season.
    Buford hurler Sydney Sullivan hurled a two-hitter and struck out nine in posting the complete-game win. She had no walks and hit a batter.
    Senior Jensen Shelby sparked the BHS girls with a home run, triple and drove in two runs.
    Senior Cassidy Solomon also had a big night with a double, two RBIs, a walk and was hit by a pitch.

  • Warriors, Bruins earn playoff bids

    Indian Land played the spoiler on Buford baseball senior night, taking a 6-1 win over the host Jackets on Wednesday.
    Buford, coming off an 8-0 road win over Central of Pageland on Monday, was hoping to wrap up the region baseball title with a win, but the Warriors foiled the occasion with their five-run win.
    The Warriors’ win also gave IL a bid to the Class AA Upstate playoffs.

  • IL soccer tops in AA state poll

    Indian Land High girls soccer coach Mark Bonda, in 10 years with the Lady Warriors program, has seen it grow, with an all-time high this week.
    The Lady Warriors, 18-1, are No. 1 in Class AA girls soccer for the first time in school history.
    “We want to play the best teams in the state and make a name for ourselves,” said Bonda, who is in his ninth season as head coach with a 122-52-6 record. “We are starting to get some recognition for some of our success.

  • Column: ‘Bathroom bill’ enforcement more than we can handle

    Some states are known for things they produce in abundance. Idaho has potatoes, Maine has lobsters and South Carolina seems to have more than our fair share of politicians with loopy, if not downright embarrassing, ideas.
    This is not really new for the Palmetto State as we have a long history of such loopy ideas – secession, printing our own currency, denying children an education based on their skin color, etc. – and these are just the things proposed in the last few years.
    And now we are at it again.

  • High schools shift to 10-pt grading system

    Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, South Carolina’s high school students will be graded on a 10-point scale. The South Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted last week to make the change from the current 7-point scale.
    State Superintendent Molly Spearman said in a release the shift to a 10-point scale will level the playing field for Palmetto State high schoolers.

  • Will county OK hospitality tax before IL can grab the money?

    A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.
    While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.

  • USCL students celebrate Earth Day

    Polar bears, mini-greenhouses and human burial pods were among the projects featured this week at the annual Earth Day Event at USC Lancaster, as Geology 103 students ended the semester with proposals for a brighter future.  
    “This is my environmental geology class,” said Instructor Lynette Martek, surveying the crowded classroom. “These are the people who will save the Earth.”

  • New charges for suspect in IL murder

    A suspect arrested for the April 5 murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land has been served with additional warrants for firearm and drug violations.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, formerly of Van Wyck, was charged April 15 with possession of a stolen pistol, possession/distribution of prescription drugs and possession of other Schedule I to Schedule V drugs.
    Hayden was the last of four suspects arrested in the shooting death of Tran and was previously charged with murder and failure to report a crime.