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  • 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.    

  • Historic church concerned about plans for solar farm

    VAN WYCK – Concerns are mounting over the rezoning of a residential property to set up a solar farm on Old Hickory Road near Van Wyck.
    The wooded parcel is located across from Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and Old Waxhaw Cemetery, which date back to the mid-1700s. Waxhaw Solar has applied to rezone the 47-acre property from residential neighborhood to agricultural residential to build a 19-acre solar farm.
    Representing the church, John Baker called the project an improper use of a residential area.

  • Whits End signs record contract, cuts single soon

    Local country-rock band Whits End can add another check to its bucket list – signing with a record label and prepping to record its first single.
    Justin Ray Williams, senior director of Pearl Street Records, came to Lancaster Monday night to sign the band and celebrate the occasion.
    “Whits End is the perfect fit for our portfolio at Pearl Street,” Williams said. “They have this passion.... Bands that work as hard as they do are going to make it big.”
    Pearl Street has studios in Nashville, Florida and Los Angeles.