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Today's News

  • Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

    After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
    County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?

  • Buford Battleground event this Saturday

    Emily Carnes Franklin now has a special place of honor in the halls of Congress.
    On May 16, Rep. Ralph Norman read a resolution into the Congressional Record to honor Franklin for her “lifelong passion and dedication” to preserve the “sacred soil” of the Buford Battleground.
    Known as the unofficial ambassador and caretaker of the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road, “Miss Emily” died in June 2017.

  • Road-paving industry needs workers

    With S.C. roads in desperate need of repair, the state’s asphalt industry is just as desperate for employees to go out and do the work.
    The job market is ripe for those seeking employment in the road-rebuilding field, with more than 350 positions available across the state.
    Since the passage of the 2017 S.C. road-repair bill, which raised gasoline taxes gradually over six years to fund highway improvements, demand for asphalt workers has skyrocketed. The paving industry anticipates creating more than 1,000 jobs in the state within the next five years.

  • P-31 upbeat about new season

    Lancaster American Legion Post 31 second-year coach Jimmy Jackson is optimistic about his P-31 team as it prepares to open the 2019 season tonight at home against Rock Hill Post 34.
    Jackson will guide the senior team and be assisted by Brian Sistare and Toby Taylor, who are back from last season.
    “Overall, we are excited in the direction of the program,” Jackson said. “We have brought the junior team back this season and we totaled over 40 kids that came out for Legion baseball.

  • Man killed by train in apparent suicide

    A Lancaster County man was hit and killed by a moving train early Sunday morning at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75).
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the train conductor called 911 shortly after the incident, which did not involve any vehicles.
    Based on witness statements, Rogers said the death was an apparent suicide.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said she had no plans to release the victim’s name, out of respect for his family.

  • Sports Talk: Clyburn deserving of county education hall of fame honor

    I easily recall that memorable Sunday morning at First Presbyterian Church some years back when Sarah Crolley told me her husband Don Crolley was going into the Lancaster County School District Hall of Fame.
    “It’s about time,” was my quick reply forgetting for a moment I was at church that Sunday when I was ushering.
    I felt the same when news of the induction of Ernie Clyburn was recently announced.
    Ernie, well as I first knew him, “Mr. Clyburn,” is most deserving of the honor.

  • Elegant old carriage graces Buford roadside

    You can’t miss it as you drive east from Lancaster along Pageland Highway – an old, red, two-seat buggy for sale along the roadside.
    Owners Don and Doris Walters bought the horse-drawn carriage about two years ago at an auction in Troutman, N.C. Led by one of their large, draft horses – Cookie, Trixie or Maggie – they take the buggy out for an occasional spin.

  • Racing back on track Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway returns to action Saturday night.
    LMS had an off week last Saturday and Mother Nature has not been to kind to the big half-mile race track over the past month.
    LMS has not seen a race in over a month because of rain and stormy weather, but this Saturday weather is looking favorable for a clear night of racing.
    The Saturday racing card has the Thunder Bomber $1,000 to win, Renegade $600, SECA Crate Sportsman $600, Super Stock (Brandy Baker to start in the rear after 3 straight wins), Pure Stock V8, Vintage and Extreme 4.