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  • Weed worse than kudzu? If you see it, call experts

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – Just as the weather warms, they pop their ugly heads out of hiding. But thank goodness they do, because now is the best time to find them so they can be destroyed.
    The flowers of cogongrass are in bloom now, helping the invasive weed resume its aggressive spread to new fields and forests. Left unchecked, cogongrass will form dense stands over large areas and choke out native plants, doing untold damage to local ecology and to farmers’ fields.

  • For Regina Belle, Lancaster is like family

    Regina Belle was disappointed when she missed her concert at USC Lancaster in February after coming down with the flu.
    Now, with the award-winning R&B vocalist taking to the Bundy Auditorium stage Thursday to make up for it, she has two words for fans – “Get ready.”

  • Norrell’s greatest skill: Connecting

    Retired couple Carol Edens and Ed Epps chatted with Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith for a few minutes Wednesday at an Irish pub in Spartanburg.
    Then Edens asked about “that 15-year-old girl” who was campaigning with him for lieutenant governor.
    “Oh, she’s young,” Smith said. “But she’s a good egg, with an old soul.”
    Smith moved on, and Mandy Powers Norrell sat down at their table with a bright, wide smile, locking eyes individually with the man and then the woman.

  • USDA lends Upper Palmetto Y $296,000 for Indian Land facility

    Indian Land is one step closer to getting its own YMCA.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced May 16 that it is loaning Upper Palmetto YMCA nearly $300,000 to help pay for a 74,000-square-foot YMCA, with an outdoor sports and play area on more than 15 acres.
    The facility is expected to bring in more than 120 jobs, according to the USDA release.
    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes says the USDA loan may be enough to get the project moving in the right direction, but just buying the land could cost at least $1.5 million.

  • ‘It’s important to understand they risked everything for us’

    Thursday classes ended at 11:30 a.m. for Buford High, but the learning continued for seven of its JROTC cadets.
    They spent much of the midday under a baking sun placing American flags on the markers of military veterans buried at Lancaster’s Memorial Park in preparation for Sunday’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. And they volunteered to do it.
    The significance of the task wasn’t lost on 16-year-old Dakota “Blaze” Hegler.

  • Hail to the grads!

    More than 850 graduates across Lancaster County took a big step into adulthood during high school commencements Friday.
    Graduates from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools flipped their tassels in front of loving family members, classmates and friends. Carolina Christian Academy held its commencement Thursday night.
    AJHS started off the graduation day with 158 graduates walking across the stage. They threw their caps in the air and had a silly-string fight, as Principal Alex Dabney made it official.

  • Buford, Lancaster graduation ceremonies moved inside

    Due to the possibiity of threatening weather this evening, the Lancaster County School District has moved the Buford High School and Lancaster High School graduation ceremonies inside. To get in either ceremony, you must have a ticket.  The BHS ceremony is 6 p.m. in the school gym at 4290 Tabernacle Road. The Lancaster High ceremony is 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, 617 Normandy Road.

  • HOPE opens new Fort Lawn assistance center

    From release

    HOPE in Lancaster, which for 35 years has helped local residents with short-term emergency financial assistance, is setting up a satellite office in Fort Lawn.
    HOPE is partnering with the Fort Lawn Community Center to bring help to the town of Fort Lawn, which is in Chester County. HOPE has helped Fort Lawn residents for a number of years, but this new effort will allow them to get assistance without arranging transportation to Lancaster.

  • Greenway to host fun event on Trails Day

    From release

    While many students are eagerly awaiting summer break, volunteers from the Lindsay Pettus Greenway are busy planning a special outdoor event for the onset of summer.
    National Trails Day is the largest nationwide annual event celebrating outdoor recreation throughout the United States.

  • Storms expected through Memorial Day

    Memorial Day weekend is looking like a washout, as a tropical weather system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast.
    As of press time Thursday, the system had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rains and  flooding are expected across the Southeast this weekend into early next week as the system moves through.