Today's News

  • Officers to step up patrols over holiday

    Be prepared for more safety checkpoints and extra officers on county roads over the Labor Day weekend, which starts today. The S.C. Highway Patrol will have beefed up patrol in an effort to deter traffic violators.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said driving under the influence, lack of seat-belt use and speeding continue to be the biggest problems.

  • Upstream water may cause flooding along Catawba today

    Flooding along the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree is possible today.

    Lancaster County was under a flood warning Thursday afternoon. The warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree, effective from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

    Lake Wateree, which is at the end of the 225-mile river, was expected to reach full pond by Thursday night and possibly exceed it today. Moderate flooding was forecast.

  • I want to be part of solution for repairing school system

    For the past nine years, since my return from Maryland to my roots in Lancaster, I have been passionate about the educational needs of all children in Lancaster County. Especially the needs of at-risk youth, who based on school performance data, are not being met.

  • Enrollment steady as new year starts at Carolina Christian

    Jessica Hartley asked her father to drive her to Carolina Christian Academy for the first day of school Monday.

    Hartley, a senior, has her own car, but wanted her father to bring her so she could experience nostalgia one last time. For Hartley and other CCA seniors, this is the beginning of the end of high school.

    At the start of the school year Monday, Hartley spoke of holding tight to fond memories at CCA while looking forward to the future. She plans to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville after graduation.

  • Cow's dash adds to Buford excitement

    The Buford High School Booster Club’s annual Meet the Jackets had a little more excitement than expected last Saturday.When Don Dease’s cow, Jezebel, was in the process of returning to her stall after her “drop,” she had other ideas and bolted into the woods below the school.“There was about a two-foot opening in the fence and the cow went for it,” BHS Booster Club president Monty Craig said.Through Sunday night, the wandering bovine had not been found.“I think Don was taking a trough of feed to the w

  • Center's snap for Shannon

    BUFORD – Seeing senior Matthew Shannon start on the offensive line this fall will be nothing new for Buford Yellow Jackets’ football fans. Shannon has started each of the past three years.He just won’t be at his former tackle position. He’s moved to center in the middle of the BHS offensive attack.But don’t worry, Yellow Jackets’ faithful.

  • They're baaaaaaack! Fire ant nests add to water woes

    This week’s tremendous rainfall amounts in such a short period of time may bring an unwelcome visitor up to ground level in your yard.If fire ant nests pockmark your lawn in the next few days, it’s to be expected, said Tim Davis, fire ant suppression expert with Clemson University.“Fire ants don’t have a difficult time with flooding and rain at all,” said Davis.

  • Katawba Valley Land Trust hires first executive director

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has hired its first employee.

    Robert Austin Jenkins of Camden will become the nonprofit group's executive director in early September.

    Chartered in 1992, the land trust has had as its main focus Lancaster and Chester counties. It seeks to protect land through conservation easements, acquisition of property and transfer of some properties to other public or private land management agencies.

    To date, the group has undertaken 53 land transactions, protecting 6,862 acres in five South Carolina counties.

  • Foursome posts three-shot win in Diabetes Clinic golf tournament

    The winning foursome notched a three-shot win to capture the title in the sixth annual Diabetes Education Clinic golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday.The foursome of Scott Helms, Tim Brown, Kyle Wilson and Richard Watson posted a 48.6 to take top honors and the $1,000 prize.The battle for second place was closer as the team of Nick Watson, Justin Hallman, Catherine Small and Garrett Knight carded a 51.5 to take $500. The third-place team was close on their heels with a 51.6.

  • Mother didn’t know boyfriend’s history

    The mother of the 1-month-old allegedly abused by the live-in boyfriend said she had no idea her boyfriend was a sex offender.

    William Joseph Burdick, 27, of 214 S. York St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.

    Katie Roddey, mother of Victoria Roddey, said her infant is at Carolinas Medical Center with bleeding on her brain.