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Today's News

  • Early heat wave this weekend

    After a prolonged winter and short spring, get ready for a mid-summery heat wave this weekend.
    Lancaster County temperatures are expected to reach the 90s from today through Monday, with lows in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service. Record-setting high temperatures are possible.
    Today’s targeted high is 91 degrees, with a scorching 94 Saturday, 95 Sunday and 92 Monday. Tuesday will drop back to a more typical 86.

  • Bruins set for state meet

    Lancaster High School has a host of athletes who have qualified for the Class AAAA state track meet.

    The Bruins qualified at the state qualifier held at Sumter High School last Satuday.

    The LHS girls are led by sophomore Tierra Belk, who ran a 12.45 to place eighth.

    Belk also ran a leg on the seventh-place 4 x 100 relay. Belk, Quanie Simmons, Rekia Polk and Ashanti Talford ran a 49.47. The alternate is Mohongany Perry.

    In the boys 400 dash, Frederick Thompson placed third in 49.75.

  • Odell Blackmon, beloved ‘Cracker Man,’ dies at 74

    Odell Blackmon was Lancaster County’s ultimate people person.
    For three decades, he delivered Lance snacks to company break rooms, grocery stores and gas stations all over the county, and at every stop, people were delighted to see him walk in. They called him the Cracker Man, and he brightened everyone’s day.
    “Odell was so personable that I don’t think he ever met a stranger,” said the Rev. Otis Lathan, his pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. “And if they were, they weren’t strangers very long.”

  • Kershaw has aura of Elvis

    KERSHAW – You’re eating at the 521 Filling Station on Hampton Street. Suddenly, you notice another customer with swept-back hair and thick sideburns wearing a ball cap.
    For a split second, you make eye contact. When the man winks and smiles, you’re almost hypnotized and the wheels in your mind inexplicably turn….
    “Hey, isn’t that Elvis?”
    Relax. It’s not.
    It’s just Travis Powell, and yes, he’s messing with you.

  • Vols, Jackets athletes in state track meet

    Andrew Jackson and Buford High School track athletes will compete in the Class AA state track meet this weekend.
    The AJ Lady Volunteers are led by Niyana Jones who is the top qualifier in the girls high jump at 5-02. Jones also qualified fourth in the long jump at 16 feet.
    Oshamiya Black placed eighth in the triple jump at 31-08.
    In the boys, AJ was led by Darrion Wright, third in the high jump with a 6-04 effrot.
    LaKyle McIlwain finished sixth in the 110 high hurldes in 16.31.

  • Jacket booters fall in second-round play

    The Buford High men’s varsity team opened the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs with a convincing 8-0 home win over Eau Claire on May 1.
    Senior Blaine Gossman had two goals, and added an assist. Junior Jesse Black also tallied twice for the Jackets. Seniors Jim Small, Nate Purser, and William Ingram each contributed a goal, and sophomore Logan Jaillette netted his first goal of his varsity career as he converted a penalty kick following an EC foul in the 18-yard box.
    Senior Bryton Davis also had a big hand in the scoring, adding four assists.

  • Buddy Crook Memorial race Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will honor one of the greatest to ever race at LMS in any division Saturday night.
    The late Buddy Crook is considered a dirt track racing legend at LMS and various other tracks.
    Crook will be honored Saturday with the MMSA Buddy Crook Memorial paying $4,000 to win. The MMSA is a traveling 4-cylinder series that travels all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
    The top 4-cylinder drivers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are expected here Saturday night with one of the richest paydays they will see this season.

  • Lady Jackets blank AJ, stay alive

    KERSHAW _ Buford prevailed to keep its Class AA Upper State championship  hopes alive Wednesday at rival Andrew Jackson High School.
    The 17-9 Lady Jackets blanked Region IV-AA rival Andrew Jackson High School, 3-0 to keep their softball playoffs hopes going.
    BHS, the Region IV-AA runner-up to AJ this season, faced Landrum on Thursday when it needed two wins over the host Lady Cardinals to advance to the Class AA state title series.
    The Lady Jackets struck for a run in the second inning on Kayley Stroud’s run-scoring double.

  • Bonda expects battle Saturday

    Indian Land High School Lady Warriors soccer coach Mark Bonda said he expects his toughest match of the season Saturday when the ILHS girls go for their second straight Class AAA soccer championship.
    The Lady Warriors will battle Class AAA Lower State champion Bishop England, 15-2-1, in hopes of netting their second straight state crown Saturday at Irmo High School’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
    Kickoff is set for noon.

  • Bobcats end IL postseason run

    Seneca halted Indian Land High School’s postseason baseball hopes with a 3-0 win over the Warriors at the Bobcats’ field on Wednesday.
    Seneca, which defeated Indian Land, 13-6 Saturday in the double-elimination Class AAA Upper State title round, blanked the Warriors to end their season.
    The 15-8 Bobcats, the defending Class AAA Upstate champs, scored two runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth to take the win.
    A Jack Fassino double opened what proved to be Seneca’s winning rally in the bottom of the fourth.