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Today's News

  • Unsung heroes

    Lancaster
    Quinshun Evans had 14 tackles, which included two unassisted hits, five first hits and seven assists. David Hilton had a solid game for the Bruins with nine tackles, one unassisted, four first hits and three assists, a sack and a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown.

  • County teams focus on playoffs, pride

    Playoffs and pride are the focal points in week 11 play for Lancaster County high school football teams.
    Buford, Andrew Jackson and Indian Land are looking to the upcoming Class AA Upper State playoffs.
    Lancaster High School, out of the playoff picture in Class AAAA, is playing for pride this week.

    In games this week, Lancaster caps its 2012 season with a Region III-AAAA road game at South Pointe High School of Rock Hill.

    Buford, with a first-round bye in the Class AA Upper State Div. II playoffs as the third seed, is idle this Friday.

  • Lady Volunteers roll on

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson High Lady Volunteers continued their postseason volleyball roll Monday in the AJ gym.

    Region IV-AA foe Chesterfield High School, the runner-up team to the region champion Lady Vols this season, was the latest AJ volleyball playoff victim.

    The Andrew Jackson girls, who haven’t lost a game in their three postseason sweeps, downed the Lady Rams – 25-21, 25-20 and 25-23.

  • Phantom of the local opera?

    Perhaps those round, translucent globes of light are nothing more than a reflection caused by dust.

    After all, there is an ongoing spirited debate among ghost hunters about the validity of orbs as paranormal evidence.

    Local photographer Mikki Stacks isn’t so sure. She doesn’t have any of the answers. The only thing she knows is that she’s never seen anything comparable to several photos taken this past summer.

  • IL, PV fire district residents to get new tax bills

    Panhandle residents and business owners in the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley volunteer fire departments service areas will soon receive new tax bills to rectify overcharges in their fire protection district fees.

    The new bills are in response to a tabulation mistake in which residents were charged $90 for their annual fire protection district fee instead of the correct $75 fee. 

    County officials were initially unsure how to proceed with correcting the mistake since there were no clear statutory fixes. 

  • County jobless rate declines

    The jobless rate in Lancaster County declined for another consecutive month, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    In September, Lancaster County posted an employment rate of 11 percent, a drop from the 12.6 percent from August. In July, the rate was 13 percent.

    These numbers are all a decline from the county’s September 2011 rate, which was 13.8 percent, according to a Department of Employment and Workforce media release.

  • Camden man faces burglary charge

    A Kershaw County man was arrested here last week after he reportedly broke into a Lancaster home and then fired gunshots.

    Justin Charles Izzard, 23, of Camden, has been charged with first-degree burglary.

    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to a home in the 200 block of South Market Street at 8:45 p.m. Oct. 23, in response to gunshots fired there.

    After speaking with three men nearby, officers heard several gunshots coming from farther south on South Market Street, according to a police department incident report.

  • Police probe Pardue Street shooting

    A resident of Palmetto Place Apartments said it’s hard to sleep at night with the shooting that occurs in her neighborhood.

    The housing complex, formerly known as Pardue Street Apartments, was disturbed last week by an apparent shooting that authorities continue to investigate.

    At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the complex in response to a call about a shooting.

  • Man reports mob assault in Indian Land

    The investigation is ongoing in the case of a possible mob assault on an Indian Land teen earlier this month.

    A sheriff’s deputy learned of the assault after responding to a home in the 1500 block of Juniper Hills Lane in Indian Land just after 7:45 p.m. Oct. 21, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The 17-year-old male victim told the deputy he was walking home from a friend’s house on South Legacy Park Boulevard when he was approached by a group of people he knew, including two men and a woman.

  • Faile column: Chamber encourages you to vote on Nov. 6

     Jobs have been the No. 1 issue on every candidate’s mind during this year’s election. 

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored two candidate forums this year on the campus of the University of South Carolina Lancaster featuring candidates of local races including Lancaster City Council, school board, Lancaster County council, sheriff, S.C. House District 44 and U.S. House District 5. In every race, jobs and the economy were at the forefront of the discussion.