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Today's News

  • Murder victim’s identity released

    The hunt was still on late Friday for the shooter in Thursday’s Kershaw killing, and authorities were releasing almost no information about the case.
    The man who died was identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. of Lexington. His family said Friday that he had recently moved to Kershaw.
    “He was always a happy person,” Lambert’s cousin Josh Twitty said. “He was always smiling, and he always saw good in everything. He was a good ol’ country boy.”

  • BHS fumes over softball/prom ruling

    Buford softball players had to choose between going to their prom and playing in the Upper State Playoffs championship game Friday evening, because the S.C. High School League would not delay their rained-out Thursday game until Saturday.
    Parents, players, coaches and administrators were fuming Friday.

  • Commentary: FOI advocate: Gmail feature thwarts open public records

    The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has contacted Google about Gmail’s new “self-destructing” email feature, which could allow government employees to delete public records subject to federal and state open government and freedom of information laws.

    In an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, NFOIC board President Mal Leary cited that most states have clear record-retention laws aimed at making sure public records, electronic and otherwise, such as official correspondence between public officials, are secured and maintained.

  • Column: A requiem for ‘The Other Story’

    It is customary in the news business to write the obituary after someone dies. 

    But in this case, why wait? It is time to write the obituary for “The Other Story” now. 

    What is The Other Story? 

    It is the story next to the story you intended to read. Often The Other Story has a catchy headline or an eye-grabbing photograph with it. 

    The Other Story informs you about something you did not know, or gives you a different perspective on something you did.

  • NASC hosting 2 spring art festivals

    From release

  • Kitchen fire damages home on Eastview Court

    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 220 Eastview Court about 10 a.m. Thursday and were able to get it under control before it caused significant damage.

    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said the fire started in the kitchen.
    “The homeowner was cooking something that flared up and got out of control,” he said, noting that a woman and her daughter got out unharmed.

  • 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.