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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 2 Lancaster teens charged after shooting in Fort Mill

    Two Lancaster teens have been charged after a shooting incident in Fort Mill Wednesday night.
    Darrian Parker, 17, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder, according to a media release from the Fort Mill Police Department. Another 17-year-old male, whose name was not released, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.

  • 5 running for 2 seats on HS town council

    Filing ended Wednesday for the upcoming municipal elections for the towns of Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck.
    And it’s going to be interesting in Heath Springs.
    Five candidates, including two current council members, have filed for the two at-large seats up for re-election in Heath Springs. The election is Nov. 5, and the two candidates who get the most votes win.
    Candidates include incumbents Tameka Morrow and Iva Drakeford, as well as political newcomers Steven Myers Jr., Kenneth Williams and William Johnson.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Manufacturer targeting Duracell plant?

    Monday’s county council meeting buzzed with excitement over the expected arrival of a major manufacturer to Lancaster’s economy, and there was evidence that its target was the shuttered Duracell plant.
    Officials wouldn’t name the company behind “Project Grain,” but said it plans a $10.1 million capital investment that will create 210 jobs paying more than $15 an hour. The business plans to start operations here in two months.

  • Kayla Cook’s trial begins in toddler’s beating death

    Kayla Cook’s trial in the beating death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder started Monday, with the defense telling jurors that Cook is not the only suspect in the case.
    Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2018 after Lilly’s death.
    During opening statements Monday, prosecutor Melissa McGinnis called the toddler’s death a traumatic beating that left bruises all over her body. She said Cook was the only adult present.

  • 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.

  • 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.