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Today's News

  • Crash landing

    A small, single-engine plane had a rough landing early Saturday morning at the Lancaster County Airport, injuring a father and his son.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the plane crashed while landing at the McWhirter Field airport shortly after 8 a.m.

  • Plyler wins Heath Springs seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – A scant 43 total votes were cast in Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant at-large seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    And Joey Plyler – the lone candidate whose name was on the ballot – got all of them.
    For Plyler, his election to council is a dream come true.
    “I love this town and I love being able to help people.
    “Moving in with my grandparents and joining Heath Springs Fire Department sure set me on the right path. I sure am grateful to be here,” he said.

  • Region X softball honors Revels

    Former Lancaster High School star catcher Gracie Revels has been named to the NJCAA All-Region X softball team for the 2019 season.
    Revels, a freshman catcher for the USC Union Bantams, posted some impressive numbers in her first season of college softball.
    Revels hit .378 with 29 RBIs and eight home runs. She posted a .731 slugging average and .413 on-base percentage. Revels scored 37 runs, with 18 stolen bases, 87 total bases and 23 extra-base hits.
    On defense, Revels posted a .958 fielding percentage with four errors on the season.

  • LMS to host Relay for Life Night

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will wrap up its June schedule at the half-mile dirt oval, hosting Relay for Life Night.
    The race is sponsored By Mane Street Hair Designers and DC Cycles.
    Relay for Life has been a huge event across the United States, including the Lancaster community.
    This is a first-time event for Lancaster Motor Speedway, as track officials look to extend community activities and provide a greater awareness in the fight against cancer.

  • Silver Foxes finalist in state field

    The Silver Foxes, which included Lancaster area senior tennis players, were worthy of their court name in the U.S. Tennis Association men’s 55-over doubles at Hilton Head earlier this season.
    The Silver Foxes, who finished as a state finalist, advanced to the championship round at Hilton Head where they fell in a tough 2-1 loss to Spartanburg.
    “We had close matches all the way, and our two losses in the title round to Spartanburg were in third-set tie-breakers,” said Rick Porter, one of four Lancaster area senior netters on the SF team.

  • Allen leads Buford High softball awards

    Buford High School senior shortstop Hunter Allen led the Buford High School Lady Jackets softball awards for the 2019 season.
    Allen, a Class A-AA-AAAAA North-South all-star with teammate and BHS senior second baseman Emily Taylor, was named the BHS softball MVP.
    Allen capped a stellar senior season, hitting .452 with 19 runs batted in this season.
    Buford, which finished 17-7, won the Region IV-AA crown with an 11-1 mark.

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • Concert series kicks off Friday

    Come out and enjoy an evening of rock, reggae, pop and soul music as a new monthly concert series kicks off Friday at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Local roots-reggae band Sugarshine will perform, as well as the Bring It On Home concert series founder Nick Johnson.
    After living in larger cities, Johnson realized something was missing when he recently returned to his hometown of Lancaster.

  • Guest Column: Follow the rules to ensure safe, legal outdoor burning

    Some of us really enjoy rural living, while others enjoy being close to their neighbors.
    Lancaster County has changed so much, but some things remain the same. Outdoor burning has always been a way of life for many people. Enjoying a cool autumn night by the outdoor fireplace, or raking leaves and picking up dead limbs to burn in a fire pit.
    Outdoor burning can be enjoyable to all if we follow a few simple rules.
    In 2008, Lancaster County adopted a burning ordinance to allow for the safe burning of residential yard debris. It requires only a few things:

  • Guest Column: Checklist of new laws on books from ’19 session

    It seems that as quickly as it began, the 2019 S.C. General Assembly session has ended. A lot of good legislation became law this year, some of which I cosponsored. Some highlights:
    ◆ Veterans’ cabinet agency – This law will create a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs with a secretary appointed by the governor. This will give veterans a much stronger advocate in state government.