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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Crenshaw Oil Golf Tournament rescheduled

    The 22nd annual Crenshaw Oil Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 19 at the Lancaster Golf Club, has been moved to Friday, April 26.

    The tournament was reset due to the forecast for rain on Friday, April 19.

  • Help stay on track in battle with KLS

    A highlight of the county high school track season takes center stage, Saturday, April 20, on the Lancaster High School track at the Rice Athletics Building.
    The seventh annual KLS Running for Ryan features the county track meet at LHS. Boys and girls squads from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and host Lancaster will be there to earn track bragging rights for the 2013 season.
    In the past few years, Lancaster County has produced state champions and state qualifiers, and the annual meet seems to bring out the best from around the county.

  • Obamacare to have a major impact on businesses, families

    Many Lancaster Republicans have contacted me to express their displeasure at the recent column by Phil Noble, which attacked Republican legislators for their opposition to Obamacare.
     Noble has a long history as a paid political operative and past Democratic candidate for several offices, so one would suppose he has a bias.
    While that is understandable, trying to suggest that those opposed to Obamacare are on the same level as racists and those who provoked a bloody civil war, is inexcusable and just plain wrong.

  • Duke Energy gives to Lancaster Works

    From release

    The Duke Energy Foundation is continuing its support of the Lancaster Works program with a contribution of $75,725 to the workforce development initiative of Carolinas Literacy Network.
    Lancaster Works offers ongoing jobs-readiness training to help job seekers enhance their employability skills and get employed sooner.

  • Spring treats get lightened

    We were all pastels and florals at the recent Just A Pinch Blue Ribbon Showcase event. (More on that Decadent Dessert celebration on www.justapinch.com in an upcoming Notebook.) There were so many great discussions that sprung up during the event, but the single most asked question was how to make springtime-appropriate desserts that are also healthy.
    Well, I took that on as a fantastic challenge. That very same evening I began to go through www.justapinch.com and pulled some of the Test Kitchen’s favorite springtime eats.  

  • Cookbooks on a mission

    INDIAN LAND – Members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission’s Women’s Group took charge of menu planning and preparation of food at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Cooking Fingers Club luncheon March 11. The club meets for lunch every two weeks.

    The women wanted to demonstrate how to make several recipes from their “Bon Appetit” cookbook in keeping with the theme, “It Isn’t Easy Being Green,” said Sandy Simmons, who handled cookbook sales at the event.

  • Indian Land man killed in motorcycle wreck

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident died Saturday, April 13, after his motorcycle crashed along a stretch of county road.

    Gary Crabtree, 68, was killed during a one-vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903), said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    The accident scene was about one mile east of the Lancaster city limits, not far from U.S. Textiles Corp.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the crash happened about 12:45 p.m. as Crabtree was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Fire damages West Shore Drive guest house

    Water and foam poured from the roof of a West Shore Drive guest house as a team of firefighters tackled a blaze inside the building Saturday, April 13.

    Orange flames and thick grey smoke filled the sky at 8:10 p.m. near the one-story building in the 1000 block of West Shore Drive. The area is located off Riverside Road and near Cedar Pine Lake.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters from Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Gooches Crossroads, Riverside and Shiloh Zion volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.