Today's News

  • Mussel still a cramp to development

    County Council will take a vote Monday night on a new zoning district designed to protect an endangered mussel.

    County officials have been meeting with developers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work on an overlay zoning district to protect the Carolina heelsplitter. The proposed overlay district would only affect property in the Six Mile Creek basin in Indian Land.

    A small number of heelsplitters were found in the creek in early 2006. Since then, officials have been grappling with how to deal with the federally protected species in a high-growth area.

  • Mulvaney to serve on Judiciary Committee

    The 2008 Legislative Session begins this week, and it is shaping up to be a busy year for District 45 Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

    "Last year, I asked our leadership to give me as much as they thought I could handle, and evidently they took me seriously," Mulvaney said.

    Last month, House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston and Dorchester counties) placed Mulvaney on the Judiciary Committee.

    Mulvaney sees it as an opportunity, and one that has strong ties to the past in his district.

  • Lions roar in wins over Buford

    Buford sputtered in its final tune-up for the Conference VIII-AA basketball schedule.

    The host Jackets dropped a pair of home games to Class A foe Lewisville High School on Thursday night.

    The Lady Jackets, plagued by second-period lapse, fell to the Lady Lions 51-43.

    The nightcap was a nightmare for the BHS boys, who dropped a 63-31 loss to the Lions.

    Lewisville opened a 30-12 lead at the half and cruised to the win in the boys' contest.

    The Lions held a 51-19 spread at the end of three periods.

  • Solid finish nets LHS sweep

    This time instead of being close, the Lancaster Bruins closed out the win.

    The LHS boys, who had been close in a couple of recent Region III-AAAA basketball games only to fall short, rose to the occasion Friday night at home.

    The Bruins capped a sweet league sweep with a 59-48 win over Rock Hill.

    The LHS boys' 11-point win coupled with the Lady Bruins' 67-50 victory gave host Lancaster the region sweep.

  • Officers arrest 12 in drug roundup

    You may have seen a helicopter hovering over areas of Lancaster County on Friday.

    It was the S.C. National Guard, helping the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office look for criminals from the sky as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.

    Friday's operation was the final phase of a six-month drug operation, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Bearcats claw Bruins in region mat victory

    The Lancaster Bruins' wrestling team opened its 2008 schedule, dropping a 57-18 road loss to Rock Hill on Thursday night.

    The Bearcats, in the Region III-AAAA match, took the early lead and stayed on top for the victory.

    "We had some matches where we battled and gave good effort," LHS coach Sam Robinson said. "We were able to produce some points, but we just didn't have enough.

  • Plans for new Kershaw town hall unveiled

    KERSHAW - Plans are now complete for the new Kershaw Town Hall, a project that has been on the town's wish list for some time.

    While interior decorating details haven't been determined yet, the bulk of the 6,400-square-foot building has been.

    "It's very basic, but very nice" said the building's architect Ed Bowers.

    Bowers is an architect with Millennium 3 Architects of Charlotte.

    The building will include space for administration, law enforcement and court officials.

  • Simpson to chair state board

    A Lancaster resident will be chairman of the S.C. Board of Education in 2008.

    Al Simpson has served on the board since 2006 and was elected as the 2008 chairman later that year.

    The state board chooses its chairman a year in advance.

    "I appreciate the confidence my colleagues on the board have put in me," said Simpson, the representative for the state's 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties. "I'm somewhat humbled by it."

  • Vols roll to take two from Knights

    KERSHAW - The Andrew Jackson basketball teams tipped off 2008 in top form Friday night at home.

    The Volunteers, facing Kershaw County Class A rival North Central, downed the Knights twice for the non-region sweep.

    The two wins served as the final tune-up before the Vols launch league play and they were impressive in both wins.

    The Lady Vols opened play with a 44-32 triumph and the boys followed with a 79-67 victory.

  • Two Iraq War veterans in the family

    HEATH SPRINGS - Patriotism runs deep in the Martin family of Heath Springs, and it shows in the military commitments of one man and his stepson.

    Howard Martin Jr., 37, is a sergeant in the Palmetto Thunder unit of the Army National Guard and his stepson, Tracy Denkins Jr., 20, is a specialist in the U.S. Army. Both have served in Iraq, and both men are proud to continue the family's military legacy.