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Today's News

  • Lady Jackets blank AJ

    The Buford High School Lady Jackets improved to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in Region IV-AA girls soccer with a 3-0 road win over defending region girls soccer champion Andrew Jackson High School on Thursday night.
    The Lady Jackets took a 1-0 halftime lead as center midfielder Isabella Jones, on the first of two goals, tallied.
    In the second half, Buford High first-year soccer player Sophie Ribelin, off a Chaney Smith assist, scored her first career goal for the Lady Jackets.
    Jones, on a six-yard shot, put BHS up 3-0 with her second goal of the night.

  • Vols jolt Jackets in home win

    KERSHAW – The third-ranked Andrew Jackson Volunteers exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 17-3 baseball win over Region IV-AA rival Buford High School at the AJ field on Thursday night.
    The game was originally slated for Friday night at AJ, but moved ahead a day due to expected rain in the area Friday.
    The Vols, 2-0 in region play, rapped 11 hits in the 14-run win, which was halted in the top of the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
    AJ ripped North Central, 12-0 to open region play earlier in the week.

  • Big job, bigger life

    Despite being known best for her leadership in Lancaster’s business sector and on community projects, Kristen Blanchard’s life very much revolves around her family.
    “I love being a mom and a wife,” she said. “I have an incredible husband who is a great stay-at-home dad.”
    She and her husband, Jim, and kids Ryan and Caitlin spend a lot of time together, mostly outdoors, exercising and playing sports.

  • Column: Solutions on Carolina Thread Trail require creative ideas from all sides

    A guiding principle of the Carolina Thread Trail is “respect for the land and respect for the landowner.” It seeks to work with property owners to respect the wishes of all landowners along potential trail corridors, and we share those values in our own work in conservation and trail development.

  • County ranks low on image, appearance

    Seventy-three percent of the local residents who took part in a 2018 National Research Center survey said Lancaster County needs to clean up its image.
    County leaders were stunned by the revelation Thursday when they looked at the survey results in depth during a four-hour workshop held at the county building.
    “It’s kind of surprising. If our overall image is that low, then how come people keep moving here? It’s really surprising,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Housefire on Tram Road
  • Mystery of landscaping contractor’s firing solved

    HEATH SPRINGS – In this small town of genteel politics and polite governance, the Great Landscaping Ruckus of the past five months has raised a few eyebrows.
    Last October, the town council fired Darren Sowell, whose landscaping company had a longstanding $47,000-a-year contract – a big-ticket expense for Heath Springs – to keep the town looking tidy.

  • Ethics panel: Blackmon broke law

    The S.C. Ethics Commission has ruled that Linda Blackmon violated state law by voting to give herself $6,750 in back pay for the 11 months when an election challenge kept her from taking office.
    The commission punished Blackmon, who represents District 3 on the Lancaster City Council, with a $2,000 civil fine and a $700 administrative fee, according to the panel’s order dated Feb. 28, which it released Friday. The penalties in the case could have totaled $4,700.

  • Gigantic pothole
  • Spotlight on Kilburnie

    A local treasure recently received national recognition, as Birmingham Magazine named Kilburnie one of the best bed and breakfasts in the South.
    Just north of Lancaster on the historic Craig Farm, Kilburnie was described as a rural oasis with nature trails and an expansive backyard that’s also a certified wildlife habitat.
    Writer Anna Mazurek complimented innkeeper Johannes Tromp on his two-course gourmet breakfasts.