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Today's News

  • AJ Volunteers trio saluted

    FORT MILL – A talented trio of Andrew Jackson High School football players earned top honors at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill on Tuesday.

    The Volunteers’ ace threesome included Gavin Phillips, Ryan Hunter and Luke Faulkenberry.

    Phillips was tabbed as the Class A-AAAA Defensive Player of the Week.

  • Team’s 52 tops Rotary field

    The winning foursome shot a 20-under 52 to win the annual Rotary Open golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.

    The winning team included Kenny Faulkenberry, Sonny Hardin, Wayne Joynor and Quinton Rodgers.

    The top prize was $1,000 for the tournament, which included 15 teams.

    Hardin said his team had a “good day.”

  • River tourism in Great Falls

    Michael J. Solender
    Duke Energy Illumination

    Serenity envelops the Catawba River just outside Great Falls, where red-shouldered hawks surf the thermals in search of bass, catfish and prehistoric-looking gar in a 450-acre reservoir.

  • Column: Creating community through conversation

    On April 26, more than 80 members of the Lancaster community came together to take part in the Community Conversation on Civility in Public Life.
    Sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s Community Engagement Corps and USC Lancaster, this gathering was part of the National Week of Conversation, a nationwide effort to cultivate meaningful and respectful dialogue on our nation’s greatest challenges. Across the nation, 131 communities across 35 states took part in their own conversations on civility.

  • County gives 3.5 acres of wetlands to KVLT

    In the big picture, the donation of three small lots in the city limits to the Katawba Valley Land Trust isn’t an attention grabber.
    But this donation is newsworthy due to the location and the donor.
    “It’s not going to change the world, but it will help along the way,” said land trust President Mark Grier.  
    Lancaster County will give the land trust 3.5 acres of wetlands adjacent to Hannah’s Creek and behind the Palmetto Place Apartments complex on Pardue Street. 

  • Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Sleeping teen in stolen vehicle admits having guns, marijuana

    A 16-year-old was arrested in Kershaw last week after deputies found him asleep in a stolen car in some woods, with drugs and a stolen weapon inside the vehicle.
    According to the incident report, a deputy was patrolling the area of Close Circle in Kershaw when he spotted a blue Hyundai Elantra through the trees with all of its windows rolled down.
    The deputy pulled his patrol car near the vehicle and found the teen asleep in the car, the report said. The deputy wrote down the dealer-tag number and took a picture of the VIN number without waking the boy.

  • Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Tropical-storm warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, with 10-plus inches of rain expected here as Hurricane Florence moves inland over the next several days.
    A tropical-storm warning means that winds of 36 to 73 mph are possible. The weather service has also issued a flash-flood watch for the county.

  • Local author Degraffenreid publishes 2nd poetry book

    Local poet and author Denesha Degraffenreid is passionate about self-care and has published a new book to help her readers pursue their own journey of self-acceptance.
    “I know, in this day and age, people are very busy,” said the Lancaster native. “Not enough people take enough time for self-care.”
    “11 Principles for the Journey Ahead” is what Degraffenreid describes as an interactive journal. The book focuses on 11 living principles the author considers crucial to a positive life, such as passion, love, patience and courage.