• Party in the pasture!

    The Buford community will host the largest field party the county has ever seen next weekend, featuring four local acts and national recording artist and country rapper Charlie Farley.
    On Aug. 24, Horseplay Farms will stage a music festival in the middle of a pasture at 3591 Pageland Highway. Tailgating begins at noon.
    The event will showcase local talent across a variety of music genres. Reggae-rock group Sugarshine will kick off the stage acts at 5, followed by country singer Preston Keith of Rock Hill, alternative-rock group Element and country rockers Whits End.

  • Dirt improperly dumped in Sun City flood zone

    INDIAN LAND – Mounds of dirt began piling up at Water’s Edge Park in Sun City Carolina Lakes at the end of last month as dump trucks delivered fill material from a construction site at U.S. 521 and Shelley Mullis Road.
    The board of Sun City Carolina Lakes was given written consent to have the dirt delivered to the site by Lancaster County Public Works Director Jeff Catoe and planned to use it in the development, said board member Joseph Ditchman.

  • Ignore mess and follow instructions

    Buford Middle and Buford Elementary schools will start classes Monday without the completion of their enormous, complicated, rain-delayed, summer-long construction project to redirect traffic flow.
    But it is going to be functional and usable from the new main entry point on Tabernacle Road, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the school district.
    “It was going to impact us no matter what time we did the work, and the whole reason this was undertaken to begin with was because we had a safety issue on S.C. 522,” Vaughn said.

  • 'Hey, I can do this!'

    Seven days a week, Andrew Plyler opens his business in the front yard of the house he grew up in, setting up his portable gazebo, laying out his supplies, packing his cooler with bags of ice.
    His company T-shirt reads “Andrew’s Snow Cones,” and a big sign lists his 48 flavors. He turns up the country music and awaits his first customer. His ear-to-ear smile requires no preparation.

  • Cook denies killing Lilly, her lawyer points finger at the father

    Kayla Cook took the witness stand in her own defense Friday, testifying about the events of Dec. 18, 2017, that led to the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.
    Cook, who is on trial for homicide by child abuse, denied prosecutors’ accusation that she beat Lilly to death.
    "I refuse to be charged with something I did not commit," she told jurors on the fifth day of her trial at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • Buford Elementary postpones Thursday’s school wide open house

    The scheduled school wide open house set for Thursday evening at Buford Elementary School has been postponed because of traffic/safety concerns along that stretch of North Rocky River Road.
    Workers are still finishing the traffic loop and parking improvements. 

  • Lancaster native Mary Ann Claud schedules book reading at USCL

    From release
    Lancaster native and author Mary Ann Claud is coming to USC Lancaster next month for a reading from her new novel, “Alex Dances,” the third and final installment of her well-received trilogy.
    The family saga of the Wards and Brunsons, builders and heirs of a fabled Southern textile empire, comes to a fantastic end in “Alex Dances.” The novel was released by Lystra Books this past March.

  • Comporium offers faster internet in Kershaw, Heath Springs areas

    Comporium customers in Kershaw and Heath Springs will soon have access to internet download speeds significantly faster than the national average.
    Comporium plans to complete a system upgrade in early August that will enable approximately 2,500 customers served by the company’s cable system to access internet download speeds of up to 750 megabits per second.

  • Heath Springs weapons cache gets 2 brothers long jail terms

    Two brothers, both from Columbia, have been convicted on federal weapons charges after firearms were found hidden at their mother’s home in Heath Springs.
    Shamari Delresse Jones, also known as Amari, 34, and Jokari T. Jones, 36, were each sentenced to federal prison, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lyndon announced Friday.

  • HS races to replace school’s water tap

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town is hustling to upgrade the main water tap leading to Heath Springs Elementary School before classes start Monday.
    Town council unanimously approved a $4,600 bid at a special meeting held Aug. 6 so that work could get started as soon as possible.
    The school was built in 1954 and renovated in 2000-01. It is the town’s third-largest water and sewer customer.