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Today's News

  • Heath Springs' Annsley Vick brings home national crown

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Annsley Vick of Heath Springs has been crowned Miss Junior High School America at a competition in Little Rock, Ark.

    Annsley, the daughter of Sunni and Derek Vick, is a 14-year-old rising ninth grader at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    This is Annsley’s first national pageant title. She won a $10,000 scholarship, $50,000 in clothing and shoes, a New York modeling contract and a cruise to Mexico.

  • Dust-up over dirt roads

    Lancaster County bush-hogged some overgrowth and hauled in some gravel last month to repair a remote dirt road with a locked gate limiting public access.

    A handful of taxpayers are livid about that.

    They showed up at the last county council meeting to talk about Timberline Road, a red-clay 2.1-mile stretch off Camden Road, at the far eastern edge of the county south of S.C. 9. The road was repaired by the county June 11-14. 

  • Speedway owner, sons charged in altercation deputy labels ‘total chaos’

    The owner of Lancaster Motor Speedway had a rowdy Fourth of July, and he ended up in jail facing domestic violence and assault charges.

    Brandy Baker, who also owns Brandy Baker Trucking in Heath Springs, was charged with third-degree domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery after an incident at his lake home, according to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • White hot from the white tees

    Lancaster golfer Scott Roberts, the five-time Lancaster Golf Club champion, continues his links assault on the LGC records.
    Two weeks ago, Roberts shot a sizzling 56 (29-27) from the silver tees at the Lancaster Golf Club for a new mark. LGC pro Phil Small said Roberts’ 56 was the first time in his memory a golfer had broken 60 in a round.
    Then on Tuesday, the former Buford High School golf standout, a 1989 BHS graduate and Lancaster High School golf coach, notched another milestone, shooting a 60 from the white tees, playing 6,100 yards over 18 holes.

  • Lancaster Dixie AAA stars headed to state play

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA 10U all-stars are headed to the state tournament in Moncks Corner next weekend.
    The AAA stars finished as the runner-up team in the District II tournament in Gaffney this week.
    District II is sending two teams to the state tournament in Berkeley County, the 2018 district champion and the district runner-up Lancaster 10U stars.
    The Lancaster AAA all-stars open play July 14 when they play the District 7 all-stars at noon at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex.

  • Page, Mills earn Auburn swim camp honors

    Lancaster area star swimmers Makenzy Mills, Taylor Teague, and Samuel Page, who compete with the Lancaster UPYMCA Rays swim team, recently participated in the Auburn University swim camp.
    The camp was held June 3-7 at Auburn University.
    The three swimmers, who also swim with the Lancaster High School swim team, were on separate teams during the week.
    These three swimmers participated in a variety of swim technique sessions starting at 6 a.m. each day and ending about 8 p.m.

  • Column: What survived in final budget: Key investments in state’s future

    The 2018 sitting of the S.C. General Assembly has wrapped up. The state budget for this upcoming fiscal year passed June 28. No budget is ever perfect, but we did invest in some critical needs areas. Below I go through some of those areas and other important bills that made it into law. 

    School salaries, safety

    This year, the General Assembly invested in our education system, increasing funding for both teacher pay and school safety.

  • LDB Ozone stars win district crown

    Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone League All-Stars competed in the District 2 Championship Tournament in Lewisville June 23 – 30.
    Lancaster, with a 3-2 win over Fort Mill, captured the tournament title to secure a state championship tournament bid.
    The Lancaster Ozone stars open play in the state tournament in Union at the Timken Complex on Saturday at noon when they face Greer. Opening ceremonies are today.
    Lancaster opened play June 23 when it beat Lewisville, 13-4.

  • Veteran coach Richardson to lead Indian Land girls hoops

    INDIAN LAND – Paul Richardson is a coach who has been around the block, and looking to put the Indian Land Lady Warriors back on main street.
    Richardson, who came to ILHS as the new girls basketball coach, has extensive coaching experience in high school sports.
    Prior to his selection as the Lady Warriors hoops coach, Richardson coached at nearby Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill where he was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator in football and wrestling coach.

  • Cheraw man dies in fireworks accident

    Vanessa Brewer-Tyson

    Landmark News Service

    A 24-year-old Cheraw man was killed Wednesday while shooting off Independence Day fireworks at Dizzy Gillespie Apartments in Cheraw.

    M.C. Gallion III and some friends were apparently holding the mortar-shell launch tubes in their hands and shooting them off when a shell hit him in the chest, according to a statement from the Cheraw Police Department.