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Today's News

  • Buford sweeps district championship

    BUFORD – Buford, with three straight wins, is headed back to the Class AA Upper State title series to defend its softball crown for the third straight season.

    The Lady Jackets, 15-8, blanked Ninety Six, 4-0 to earn a bid to the Class AA Upper State championship series Wednesday at the BHS field.

    BHS, the Region IV-AA runner-up, won three straight to notch the crown, including the home shutout of the Lady Wildcats.

  • Revels’ blast lifts LHS to district title

    Lancaster used a fourth-inning power surge to secure the Class AAAA District III softball championship Wednesday at the LHS field.

    The LHS girls, 16-3, snapped a scoreless draw in one big swing, with senior catcher Gracie Revels belting a two-run homer in the fourth inning to spark the Lady Bruins to a 2-1 win over Travelers Rest.

    The Lady Bruins’ win sends them to Union County to face the UCHS Lady Yellow Jackets in the Class AAAA Upper State double-elimination tournament title round today at 6:30 p.m.

  • Mayoral candidate arrested

    One of the five candidates running for Lancaster mayor in the upcoming special election has been arrested.
    James “Butch” Flynn, 47, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding family court bench warrant for failure to abide by a court order.
    He was also cited for second-offense driving under suspension, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. His first offense was in 2011, according to court records.
    The incident report did not say what court order Flynn was alleged to have violated.

  • Watchdog group demands Mulvaney investigation

    Mick Mulvaney, a former District 5 congressman from Indian Land and current Trump administration official, is under fire from a national government-watchdog group.
    The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has asked the heads of a congressional committee and the inspector general of the Federal Reserve System to launch an investigation into one of Mulvaney's Indian Land real-estate investments.

  • Column: Lots of costly consulting on nuclear fiasco

    Three out-of-state consulting businesses hired by the S.C. legislature to provide “advice” on the V.C. Summer fiasco have submitted bills totaling more than $230,000, though only one firm has produced a written report.
    To put the $232,379 public tab in some perspective, it could cover the failed nuclear project portion of about 8,600 monthly bills for typical South Carolina Electric & Gas residential customers, based on 1,000 kilowatt hours used in a month.

  • Column: Background, mental checks on 1st Amendment tools as well?

    In his April 25 guest column, Rudy Falkenberg suggests that we need to place limits on ammunition, since a firearm without ammunition is no more useful than a club.
    I suggest that we should accept the liberal position, first espoused by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” This being the case, should we not then apply to the tools of the First Amendment (i.e., pens, pencils and keyboards) the same constraints that the liberals seek to impose upon the tools of the Second Amendment (i.e., firearms and ammunition)?

  • Keer America ramping up new plant

    A fresh infusion of manufacturing jobs is coming to Lancaster County.

    China-based Keer America is set to add 350 jobs when its newest yarn production plant on Old Bailes Road in Indian Land opens later this month and becomes fully operational sometime in mid-June, company officials said Tuesday.

  • New College Park voting precinct formed

    A new voting precinct, named College Park, will be in effect for the July 10 special Lancaster mayoral election. It was signed into existence by Gov. Henry McMaster on April 4.
    The College Park voting precinct encompasses portions of the Jacksonham, Lancaster West and University voting precincts.
    The new precinct takes over the southwestern portion of Jacksonham and the northern portion of Lancaster West, ending at the western side of U.S. 521, and the northern portion of University, down to the northern side of S.C. 9.

  • Give Local Lancaster raises more than $73K for charities

    Give Local Lancaster, powered by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, kicked off its 24-hour crowd-funding event Tuesday with 50 local nonprofits and local food vendors selling barbecue, grilled chicken and gyros.
    “Look at all the nonprofits in Lancaster – how can you not love this place?” said Pat Clancy, board chair of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    The one-day fundraiser is part of a national incentive for local communities to give back to the nonprofits in their hometowns. 

  • Old mill site in Kershaw will get toxic assessment

    KERSHAW – We’re finally going to find out what lies beneath the concrete pad at the abandoned Springs Industries property.
    The EPA has awarded a three-year $600,000 grant to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) to conduct environmental assessments at potentially contaminated brownfield sites in Lancaster, Chester, Union and York counties.
    “It’s a start,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the 9.1-acre site has been an eyesore since 2013, when the abandoned textile mill was torn down.