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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Column: What SCDOT isn’t telling us about gas-tax road spending

    At last week’s S.C. Department of Transportation Commission meeting, agency head Christy Hall bragged about the “record level of road work under way in South Carolina.”
    “We have delivered results for our taxpayers and for our citizens of this state,” Hall proudly told commissioners Thursday.
    But as of the end of May, less than 8 percent of the quarter-billion-plus dollars collected from the gas-tax hike and other related tax and fee increases that took effect last July 1 had been spent, DOT records show.

  • Column: Common sense: Before all else on immigration, stop the influx

    Your bathtub is over flowing. What’s the first thing you should do?
    Should you call a meeting of everyone in the household to discuss the overflow and to determine how to ease the problem or clean up the mess?
    Should the residents spend time discussing whether the water has a right to cover the floor? Or whether to forgive the water and give it amnesty to continue the overflow? Or what happens when the water fills the house?
    No! The first thing you do is shut off the water.

  • Staff Column: Let’s count all the needs a well-used library meets

    I am a huge fan of Steven King. I’ve read everything he’s written that I could get my hands on and always have been satisfied at the end.
    Most recently, I read “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with one of his sons. I was lucky enough to pluck it from the new arrivals shelf at our local library. The Kings crafted a compelling story about worlds of only women or only men, a crazy what-if that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The only drawback to this incredible book is its equally incredible length.

  • Strutting your patriotic stuff

    HEATH SPRINGS – You can’t be two places at once, not even on a holiday.
    Heath Springs officials have moved up the start of this year’s annual July 4th parade to 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., as in the past.
    The banners hung above Main Street in Heath Springs say the parade starts at 6, but “it’s definitely 4,” said Mayor Eddie Moore.
    “It’s already out there like this, so it’s going to stay,” Moore said, referring to the banners.

  • Lancaster man charged with sending child-porn

    A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday and charged with for sending pornographic images of a minor over social media.
    Jeremy Adam Childers, 33, of 5033 Sedgefield Drive, Lancaster, was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person younger than 18.
    The S.C. Attorney General’s Office was the lead investigating agency and will prosecute the case, said agency spokesman Robert Kittle.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman, hurts man from Heath Springs

    A Lancaster woman died and a Heath Springs man was injured in a head-on collision on S.C. 5 in York County early Sunday afternoon.
    The woman has been identified by the York County Coroner’s Office as 45-year-old Juanita Sumlin. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office is awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
    According to Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with S.C. Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 1:40 p.m. about 6 miles south of Rock Hill.

  • McMaster, Wilson win state GOP runoffs

    The preliminaries are over. Now the main event looms.
    With the conclusion of Tuesday’s statewide runoff elections following the June 12 party primaries, Democratic and GOP nominees for a slew of local, state and federal offices are now set for a final general election showdown Nov. 6.
    Locally, Lancaster County Republicans stuck with the two incumbents in Tuesday’s GOP runoffs for governor and state attorney general, both of whom also won their respective races across the state.

  • 15% of county budget is sales-tax projects

    A closer look at Lancaster County’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which county members approved Monday, shows that almost 15 percent of the total is earmarked for two capital-sales-tax projects.
    County Finance Director Veronica Thompson and budget analyst Kim Belk met with The Lancaster News on Wednesday to discuss the budget in depth.  
    Some $14.5 million is set aside for $6.5 million in road improvements and $8 million for the library system improvements that voters approved in 2014 through the local 1-percent sale-tax increase.