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Today's News

  • Warriors honor wrestling stars

    Indian Land High School’s Solomon Cortez and Austin Ross earned top honors at the annual Warriors wrestling awards banquet earlier this spring.

    Cortez and Ross won the Warrior Wrestler of the Year Award.

    The Warriors, who posted a school-record 27-4 mark and won the Region IV-AAA championship and finished as the Class AAA Upstate runner-up, honored a host of wrestlers.

    Ross, a junior, captured the Class AAA 113-pound state championship after winning the 106-pound weight class as a sophomore.

  • After 40 years, I bet my class can still party

    I’m about to enjoy two treats this weekend that are few and far between.
    First and foremost, the Lancaster High School Class of 1978 is marking its 40th anniversary with a reunion celebration on Saturday.
    That means a dance where real music, such as Meat Loaf’s “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Denise Williams, will rule the night. If we’re lucky, we will have that dull speaker hum ringing in our ears when we get home. 

  • The scramble to find little Harlee

    When Breanna Lewis called Chesterfield County 911 on the early afternoon of May 29, her voice alternated between calmness and screaming.
    She told a dispatcher that a man confronted her at her mailbox on Jackson Road, northeast of Chesterfield, made sexual advances, assaulted her and then grabbed her child off her hip. He fled in a gold or tan SUV.
    911 officials immediately called the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. As investigators went to the scene, the dispatcher kept Lewis on the phone, getting as much information as possible.

  • Parnell still in it to win it

    Embattled Democrat Archie Parnell announced Wednesday afternoon that he will stay in the June 12 party primary for the 5th Congressional District race, despite domestic-abuse revelations from four decades ago.
    In an apologetic video posted on his Facebook page, Parnell said, “I hit my ex-wife and another person in a state of rage. No excuse can justify what I did. I hurt her. I was wrong.”
    It’s the first time the Sumter Democrat has addressed the controversy that eroded much of his support base last month and led his paid campaign staffers to quit.

  • Sheriff seeks info on IL robbery suspect

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an armed robbery late Tuesday night at the Market Express (Exxon), 9540 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land.
    Deputies arrived at the store about a minute after the call was dispatched about 11 p.m. June 5.

  • Candidate column: Democrats have chance to change course of state with this election

    When I was born, my father was a Presbyterian minister in the Upstate.
    A few years later, he took a new church and moved us all to Alabama. It was there, at a very young age, I learned the most important lesson of my life.
    As a man of God with a civic conscience, Dad believed he was called to be a voice for civil rights and human dignity. In the beginning, I didn’t know that he realized what it would cost him.

  • Candidate column: State must fix roads, bridges

    How many times do we have to see crumbling roads and bridges before we see action in Columbia?
    For decades, South Carolina has had roads that are in constant disrepair. It impacts economic development, public safety, tourism and our quality of life.
    We need a governor who will make transportation a priority. While career politicians will always cry for more money, that’s not the solution. That is an excuse. Our roads are failing because state government isn’t doing its job with the money it already has.

  • Guest column: Come tell us more of your dreams for county library

    We asked and you responded. Over 1,110 responses poured in when we asked you to reflect on your “library of the future.”
    Roughly 45 percent of our survey respondents came from the city of Lancaster, 41 percent from the Indian Land/Fort Mill ZIP Code, and 14 percent scattered across the rest of the county.
    We asked you to tell us about your households. Forty-three percent responded that you live in a two-person household, 12 percent said you have three in your home, 31 percent have four or more members, and 14 percent live alone.

  • Kershaw resident charged in Memorial Day shooting

    A Kershaw man has been arrested in a Memorial Day shooting that damaged two North Matson Street homes and sent a bullet flying into a child’s bedroom.
    Amard Bumpy Kendrick, 19, was charged Thursday  with attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Catawba torrent covers state park’s spider lily blooms

    Beneath the cascading Catawba River at Landsford Canal State Park, spider lily bulbs are clinging to the rocks, prays local paddler Bill Stokes.
    “I hope the poor things hung on and didn’t drift away,” Stokes said Tuesday.