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Today's News

  • Battling blazes, lifting spirits

    Every firehouse needs someone who keeps the mood light, the jokester who helps everybody stay upbeat but gets serious fast when the alarm sounds.
    Richard Vawter has been that guy at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for seven years, and now he has been named Lancaster County’s Firefighter of the Year.
    Vawter said he thought Elgin Fire Chief Randy White – last year’s winner – was joking when he called to tell him he had won.

  • Region’s growth outpaces building capacity

    Economic growth across the Charlotte region is outpacing the local construction industry’s capacity to keep up, leaving some Lancaster County projects struggling with delays and cost increases.
    “Look at the Indian Land satellite center. It was a relatively small project, under $100,000. It was supposed to open February, but it opened in June,” said Steve Willis, Lancaster County administrator. “We had a hard time finding contractors. Anything under $1 million, you have to beg people to bid.”

  • What would Lucy and Elvis eat?

    A Lancaster County couple is set to memorialize their love for some iconic stars from a bygone era.
    They include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Andy Griffith and Don Knotts – with a special emphasis on Lucille Ball and Elvis, and even a special funky-soul shout-out to legendary comedian and actor Redd Foxx (aka Fred Sanford).
    Their reverential testament to these people won’t come in marble. It won’t come in clay. It won’t come on canvas or even through the written word.

  • Repeat performance

    Twenty-eight years ago, teenagers Ryker Robinson and Leonard Tucker were two of the players on a talented Lancaster Dixie 14U all-stars team that fell two runs shy of winning a World Series title in Eufala, Ala.
    Coached by Truman Knight, Fred Robinson and Jeff Reynolds, the team lost to Georgia 4-2 in the championship game after winning a state Dixie baseball title.
    Could that 4-2 loss be a positive omen of what is to come when this year’s state champion Lancaster Dixie Boys’ team plays in for a World Series crown in Bossier City, La.?   

  • Bruins seniors step up at first day football drills

    The hallways inside the Rice Athletic Complex at Lancaster High School were relatively quiet by mid-morning Friday, following the opening day of football drills. Seventy players showed up for the first practice session.
    “The kids came out dragging at first, but picked up at the end,” said Bruins football coach Bobby Collins during a brief update before a staff meeting.
    “We had no turnovers and our players were efficient with their execution,” he said,

  • Turner’s long putt fuels hot start in WEC golf tourney

    Evidently, Bryan Turner knows how to pick a team.
    Turner, along with Dan Edwards, Roger Hayes and Danny Reynolds shot a round of 55 Friday morning at Lancaster Golf Course to win the Women’s Enrichment Center’s 12th annual golf tournament.
    Not only did Turner pick a stout team, he had one of the more improbable shots of the day when the foursome birdied the first hole.
    “That was one we never should’ve made because it was a mile-long putt,” Hayes said. “Then, we turned around and eagled No. 2. That got us rolling.”

  • Celebrating Perry Clanton’s huge health kick

    After a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, Perry Clanton decided it was time to take his health seriously, and he managed to lose nearly 100 pounds in less than two years.
    Clanton was honored for his accomplishments at a surprise 54th birthday party Friday at Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where he is assistant fire chief. Since his  diagnosis in 2015, Clanton has lived a much healthier lifestyle that has even rubbed off on many of his friends, family members and fellow firefighters.

  • Column: Ex-DOT official switched quickly to consulting role

    A former top S.C. DOT official and defendant in several employment lawsuits is now working as a private consultant to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which has financed large road-construction projects that critics contend were chosen primarily for political reasons.
    Ronald Patton, an ex-Department of Transportation deputy secretary, told The Nerve he began working for STV Inc., a national transportation consulting company with three offices in South Carolina, a month after his June 2017 retirement from DOT. His annual salary when he left was $137,000.

  • Column: We deserve better than this lying, bullying, unwell man

    Donald Trump has told over 3,200 documented lies or misleading statements since taking office, according to a Washington Post fact-checker analysis.
    He has become, in the words of Kathleen Parker, a conservative Post columnist, a “cancer.”
    How can anyone support a president who is not accountable, who lies and bullies, and is unable to take responsibility for his behavior – just blames others? And what are our children learning from his behavior?

  • Breanna Lewis hearing closed to the public

    CHERAW – A preliminary hearing in the alleged murder of an 11-month-old Chesterfield child was closed to the public Wednesday.
    Prosecutors requested that the hearing for Breanna Lewis, who faces a murder charge in the death of her daughter, Harlee, be closed to the public, saying the case is still under investigation and that pre-trial publicity could harm the case.
    Magistrate Judge Dianne Dyches closed the hearing.