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Today's News

  • Column: Congress should up protections for whistleblowers, reporters’ sources

    Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to.
    The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders who represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.

  • Column: Things I’ve learned to never do

    In my 74 going on 75 years, there are many things I have learned through experience that you just do not want to do.
    Do not eat ice and crunch it up. You just might break off your tooth doing this. Then you might swallow that tooth while eating a salad. I did this. It felt like a piece of glass in the salad, but it was my cracked-off tooth.
    If you have a pretty little bobcat kitten come to your back porch, do not start feeding it. It seems tame enough. You think you can take it in the kitchen and make this pretty little thing your housecat.

  • Fatal stretch of U.S. 21, ‘the forgotten road,’ gets little DOT attention

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    FORT LAWN – Fire Chief Allen Culp calls the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 21 north of Fort Lawn “the forgotten road.”
    The March 11 logging-truck wreck that killed an Indian Land motorcyclist at that location has once again brought attention to a highway that needs a desperate fix.
    “Considering this is a United States highway, you would think that the federal government or the state government would have some way to repair it,” Culp said.

  • Suit settled for $507K in inmate’s ’14 suicide

    A settlement of more than half a million dollars has been paid to the family of an inmate who killed himself while at the Lancaster County Detention Center in May 2014.
    Randy William Stevens, 44, had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest the night of May 19, 2014. He hanged himself with a bedsheet that night or the early morning of May 20, during a period when one correctional officer slept on duty and another left the facility for personal business, according to court documents.

  • The legacy of Leigh Anne's

    Margie Points worked for three years without a single day off when she opened Leigh Anne’s Restaurant in Lancaster nearly 40 years ago.
    “I was told I would never make it. Restaurants have come and gone in this town,” Points said. “But I said if guts and hard work will do it, then we’ll do it.”

  • Surratt Bruins interim football coach

    Lancaster High School is moving forward in filling the void with its vacant head football coach position.
    Marcus Surratt, who has coached in the Bruins football program and served as a high school head coach, is the interim LHS head football coach.
    The job came open earlier this week when Bobby Collins, the Bruins’ head football coach the last five years, was named the head football coach and athletics director at Class AAAA Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville.

  • Fuel Late Models head LMS action Saturday night

    The Fuel Late Model Series highlights the racing card at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
    The Fuel Late Model Series is paying $2,000 to win the 30-lap race, with $250 to start.
    Among the drivers expected to be here from the Fuel Late Model Series points standings are one of the best late model drivers to compete at Lancaster Motor Speedway and the early favorite to take home the $2,000 check Saturday night is Steve Banal.

  • Lady Jackets take region lead with win over Central

    Buford downed Central of Pageland 3-1 on Wednesday night to take first place in Region IV-AA softball play.
    BHS, 14-3, improved to 10-1 in region play. The Lady Jackets’ win gave BHS first place due to the run margin differential.
    Buford fell to Central in Pageland, 5-4 in their first meeting earlier this season.
    In the two-run win over the Lady Eagles, Yancey Dingler hurled the win, notching five strikeouts. She allowed five hits and two walks.
    Hannah Killough yielded four hits, eight walks and fanned 10.

  • Jackets rally, jolt Eagles at home

    Buford handed seventh-ranked Central High School of Pageland a 13-5 loss in Region IV-AA baseball play Wednesday night at Buford Park.
    The Eagles held an early 5-0 edge, but the Jackets rallied to take the eight-run comeback win, Buford’s second victory over the Eagles this season.
    Buford topped Central, 5-2 on March 14 in Pageland.
    BHS pitcher Landon Deese, in solid relief, worked 5.2 innings and struck out nine. He allowed a walk and four hits.
    Deese boosted his cause with a hit, RBI and scored a run in the win.

  • Vols victorious against Jackets

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers soccer team swept to a pair of wins over county rival Buford High School on Tuesday night.
    The Vols posted a 4-0 win in the varsity match and the AJ Junior Vols took a 5-0 victory.
    In the varsity match, Jared Truesdale tallied two goals, while Cam Vincent and Stiles Joyce had one goal each.
    Tyler Williams posted the shutout for AJ.
    In the jayvee match, Blake Brice tallied three goals, while Owen Phillips and Brice Harbin had one goal each.
    Carter Nunnery had two assists, while Harbin had one assist.