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Today's News

  • Firespotting equipment has evolved over the years

    One of my favorite childhood memories is of hiking a mountain trail in southwest Virginia with my father.

    We were walking along admiring the flowering Mountain Laurel when suddenly we were in a clearing staring up at a very tall fire lookout tower.

    I was fascinated by the idea of someone living so high above the trees scanning the horizon for puffs of smoke.

    For years afterward I secretly dreamed of being that person, the sentinel standing watch over the forest.

  • Family holds fundraiser for accident victim

    The family of John Hill will have a fundraiser event beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Tradesville Community Center. Proceeds benefit Hill, who is suffering injuries after falling from a tree stand in December 2012.
    The event includes a yard sale, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and cornhole tournament. Barbecue chicken plates are available for $8. For more information, call (803) 320-1194.

  • Panhandle gas stations: How many is too many?

    It doesn’t take an expert in microeconomics to realize that those long lines of cars with North Carolina license plates at northern Indian Land gas stations are there to fill up on cheap South Carolina gasoline. 

    With South Carolina’s gas taxes and fees totaling 35.2 cents a gallon, 21 cents less than North Carolina’s 56.2 cents a gallon, Indian Land has become a boomtown of sorts for gas stations looking to cash in on our northern neighbors’ thirst for cheap gas.

  • Sowing the seeds of growth

    The word ‘local’ has a special meaning for Elaine McKinney.

    As the agribusiness coordinator for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., McKinney sees a prosperous future for local agricultural businesses in Lancaster County.

    Tasked with speaking to local vendors, growers and producers about joining and working out of the county’s Agribusiness Development Center, McKinney gave a detailed presentation on the status of the program at Lancaster County Council’s April 8 meeting.

  • Speedway hosts six divisions Saturday

    Lancaster Super Speedway will host six divisions of racing with the NDRA Crate Late Models headlining the program on Saturday, April 20.

    The LSS card also includes the Montgomery Towing Super Street, Deal 1 Auto Sale Crate Sportsman, Cauthen Motors Pure Street, Old School Vintage and M&M, Garage Muffler & Tire Extreme 4/FWD.

  • Lancers take one win in series with Stingers

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers capped a four-game series (two twin bills) with an 11-7 win over the Florence-Darlington Tech Stingers in the opener on Sunday, April 14.

    In the four-run win, the Lancers lashed 15 hits.

  • Bruins tennis team continues solid play

     

       

    The 8-3 Lancaster High School boys tennis team secured at least a third-place region finish with a 5-1 victory over Fort Mill on Tuesday, April 16 in Lancaster.

  • Christopher’s a Saint

     

       

    When the Saints go running in, or out, Lancaster High School senior cross country and track standout Eden Christopher will be in the elite number at Limestone College.

  • Small plane gets stuck in trees

    On Thursday afternoon, April 18, emergency personnel were working to remove a small airplane from tree tops off Shiloh Unity Road. 

    The pilot, who was apparently flying alone, crashed into the tree shortly before 2:30 p.m. The accident happened near the 3000 block of Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Stephen Blackwelder, spokesman for Lancaster County Emergency Management, said the plane was lodged in the tree about 35 to 40 feet off the ground. 

    No injuries were reported. 

  • Buford Middle School student struck at bus stop

    A Buford Middle School student was hospitalized Thursday morning, April 18, after he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the road at his bus stop near Buford Crossroads.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Elder said the accident happened about 7:10 a.m. on Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) just past the intersection of Rocky River Road (S.C. 522).

    Though Lancaster County School District officials were unable to name the student due to district policy, the teen was later identified via social media posts as 13-year-old Patrick Burgess.