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Today's News

  • Happy Birthday, George!

    George Waldrop Sr. turned 97 on Friday.
    “Been through three strokes and a heart attack. If I’m not lucky, there’s not a dog in Georgia,” he said.
    Waldrop got an early birthday treat Thursday morning when the 30-plus local veterans who gather for breakfast each week at 521 BBQ on Lancaster’s Main Street surprised him with a cake. Waldrop, one of the county’s oldest military veterans, is the elder statesmen of the Veterans Coffee Club.

  • Speedway honors Huey Knight with memorial race Aug. 3

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to honor one of the most legendary figures to ever grace its historical half-mile dirt race track.
    The Huey Knight Memorial Race, set for Aug. 3, will honor the late great Huey Knight, one of the most famous and legendary men of Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    Knight has roots at the track going back to its early days some 65 years ago.
    If there was ever a Mount Rushmore created of LMS legends, you can bet Huey Knight would be there.

  • Dixie Boys 13U stars eliminated

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13U all-stars fell short in their quest to bring home a state baseball championship earlier this week.
    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13U stars, which went 1-2 in the double-elimination state tournament, saw their playoff hopes end with a 7-6 loss to Seneca on Monday at Oscar Frazier Park in Bluffton.
    Lancaster, the District 10 champion with a sweep of host Lewisville, opened with a 13-1 win over Lexington on Saturday, but then fell to Sumter, 12-0 on Sunday.
    Lancaster, in an elimination game, lost to Seneca in the one-run decision.

  • Most construction wrapping up

    It’s been a construction-laden summer for the Lancaster County School District to prepare for the start of classes.
    The car rider access points at Buford Middle and Buford, Heath Springs and Kershaw elementary schools will look different this year.
    The new performing arts center at Andrew Jackson High School is opening to students this fall and construction of a bigger Indian Land High School on U.S. 521 is continuing.

    Traffic changes

  • Don Construction Products opens first U.S. plant here

    Lancaster County Department of Economic Development

    Don Construction Products (DCP), a United Kingdom-based company that specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced technology products for the construction industry, has opened its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Lancaster County.
    DCP will invest $6.2 million and is expected to create 21 new jobs in Lancaster.
    DCP has customers in 35 countries and has been servicing the construction industry for over 80 years.

  • Darlings stars Bama-bound

    Lancaster County Dixie Softball Darlings all-stars coach Dillon Hydrick isn’t sure where his team will finish in its splendid season, but he was certain about one fact late Thursday afternoon.
    “These girls are having a ball, enjoying all the attention,” he said just before boarding the team bus for the Main Street send-off for his state champion team headed to the Darlings World Series in Eufaula, Ala.

  • PPPS conducts statewide sweep

    The S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) is searching for more than 40 people wanted on various charges in Lancaster County, including weapon and drug charges and other violent crimes.
    It has apprehended 10 other people already.
    The roundup of suspected criminals is being done as part of “Pretrial, Probation, Parole Supervision Week” in the state, according to Agent Jessica Macon with SCDPPPS. The dedicated week, July 21-27, also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the American Probation and Parole Association.

  • Manhunt Thursday for murder suspect

    Most of Lancaster County’s attention was on the Jacksonham community Thursday morning as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT assisted North Carolina officers in the search for a murder suspect, captured Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

  • 3 county towns have elections this year

    It may be an off-election year in some places, but it’s not in three Lancaster County towns.
    Town council elections in Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck are set for Nov. 5. Candidate filing for those council seats begins at noon Aug. 1 and ends at noon Aug. 14.
    All three elections are non-partisan, which means candidates aren’t affiliated with political parties.

    Heath Springs
    Two of the five seats on Heath Springs Town Council are up for re-election this year.

  • New EMS station to cost $1.8M

    Lancaster County Council awarded a bid of $1.8 million to TEAM Construction, based in Jacksonville, N.C., for the new Indian Land EMS station at last week’s council meeting, bringing the total project cost up to $2.2 million.
    “All the base quotes came back higher than we had originally budgeted,” County Administrator Steve Willis said at the July 15 meeting.
    When sealed bids on the EMS station were opened June 19, all of them were about $500,000 higher than the anticipated $1.2 million cost, Willis said.