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Today's News

  • Top farmer’s secret: Tend your pastures

    Fencing cattle out of streams and ponds ain’t easy, and it ain’t cheap.
    But it was an investment that local cattle producer Manny Sistare, the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year, was willing to make.
    And from the looks of his herds, it’s paying off. Heathier cows mean fatter paychecks for small farmers, he noted.
    “You like all ’em to be in good shape. I’ve always looked after and took care of them,” Sistare said of his 300-cow herd.    

  • On a mission to legalize medical cannabis

    As far as Indian Land mom and activist Michelle Simonetti is concerned, it’s high time that South Carolina legalize medical marijuana.
    Too many people are suffering without it needlessly, she said.
    It’s not about getting high, Simonetti noted. It’s all about getting well.
    “I want people to see it as a medical issue,” she said.
    And a lack of legal medical marijuana also is too often turning desperate patients or their caregivers into criminals, she lamented.

  • Norman talks immigration, civility and Supreme Court appointment

    The opioid crisis that’s killing 115 Americans each day is the top issue facing the 5th Congressional District, Rep. Ralph Norman told Lancaster County Republicans at a Thursday night campaign appearance.
    “We’ve got to get some kind of handle on it,” Norman said.
    Industry leaders in the 11-county district say the drug crisis has left the state without a qualified workforce sufficient to meet our needs, the Rock Hill Republican said.

  • Paramedics find toddler, unconscious father, drugs within reach

    This is a story about an EMS crew, an unconscious dad, an open bag of white powder and a precocious 3-year-old dialing 911.
    It’s midday Saturday, June 9. Sirens scream at passing cars as paramedics make their way to Barker Lane, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Crossroads. Most of the cars ahead of the ambulance don’t pull over as it approaches, slowing the trip.
    It’s a routine call, a diabetic with low blood sugar. Two vehicles respond, one with three paramedics and the other with a supervisor and a reporter invited to ride along for a shift.

  • Way behind schedule

    Van Wyck Elementary School, which was originally supposed to be finished by June 8, won’t be ready for building inspections until at least Aug. 2, and school officials are worried about it being completed by the start of the school year.
    Jimmy Wilhide, senior architect with Moseley Architects of Charlotte, blames a lack of contractors and large amounts of rain at the work site this year.

  • LA Elite 14U softball hosts tournament

    The LA Elite youth softball team will hold a co-ed slow pitch softball tournament fundraiser July 14 at Camp Clyburn.

    Camp Clyburn is located at 3662 Taxahaw Road in eastern Lancaster County off S.C. 903 East.

    Participating teams must be registered with entry fee submitted by Wednesday.

    The registration fee is $250 a team, with a maximum of 12 players per team. The team minimum is 10 players.

    Teams must have an even amount of boys and girls. Men can hit regular.

  • USC Lancaster sets volleyball camps

    From release

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster volleyball program will offer two volleyball camps, a middle school camp and high school skills camp at the Gregory Family YMCA in August.

    - The middle school fundamental camp is Aug. 3 for girls ages 11-13.

    The camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.

    The price is $60 person, with a discount of 15 percent with a team registration of six players or more.

  • Extreme 4 has $400 purse Saturday night

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will be hosting seven exciting divisions of racing Saturday night.

    One of the headliners for the night will be the Extreme 4 Division, paying $400 to win.

    The Extreme 4 Division is one of the most competitive divisions at Lancaster Motor Speedway and has been averaging one of the biggest car counts of any division, between 15-21 cars each week.

    Fans can expect to see between that many cars Saturday night at the half-mile oval.

    A $200 new winner bonus will also attract some outsiders to try and take a $600 payday.

  • Seniors lead BHS soccer awards

    Seniors earned the maroon and gold spotlight at the annual Buford High School boys soccer awards night.

    Blaine Gossman, a senior midfielder, garnered the Jackets MVP with 15 goals and 13 assists. Gossman was one of nine BHS players named to the All-Region IV-AA soccer team. Gossman has signed to play at the University of South Carolina at Union.

  • Florence foils P-31 in finale

    The Lancaster Post 31 capped its 2018 Legion baseball season, dropping a 9-2 road loss to Florence Post 1 at Legion Field in Florence on Tuesday night.

    Lancaster, 3-10, was tied with Florence, the two-time defending state champion, at 2-all going to the sixth inning when host Florence ignited to put the game away.

    Lancaster broke on top early, 2-0 before Florence tied the game and then sealed the game in the Post 1 sixth inning.