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Today's News

  • 5 county residents charged in drug, weapons roundup

    Four Lancaster residents and a Kershaw man were arrested on drug and weapons charges this week as the county’s Drug Task Force executed a string of search warrants.

  • Poll information for Tuesday’s mayoral vote

    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Lancaster mayoral vote, and the new College Park Precinct in effect for this election.

    City residents will choose among Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty to fill the remaining five-month term of the late Mayor John Howard. 

    There will be no runoff in the nonpartisan race. Whoever gets the most votes wins the seat.

  • Flag from Capitol honors 4 brothers

    Each year, 365 American flags – one for every day – fly over the U.S. Capitol.

    One of those flags is now at Candy Hollingsworth’s home on Riverside Road.

    The all-volunteer Christian Veterans of America presented the flag to Hollingsworth on Friday morning at Tractor Supply in Lancaster after hearing the story of her four brothers.

    Joe, Tim, Jett and Tony Amis all served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

  • Heath Springs' Annsley Vick brings home national crown

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Annsley Vick of Heath Springs has been crowned Miss Junior High School America at a competition in Little Rock, Ark.

    Annsley, the daughter of Sunni and Derek Vick, is a 14-year-old rising ninth grader at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    This is Annsley’s first national pageant title. She won a $10,000 scholarship, $50,000 in clothing and shoes, a New York modeling contract and a cruise to Mexico.

  • Dust-up over dirt roads

    Lancaster County bush-hogged some overgrowth and hauled in some gravel last month to repair a remote dirt road with a locked gate limiting public access.

    A handful of taxpayers are livid about that.

    They showed up at the last county council meeting to talk about Timberline Road, a red-clay 2.1-mile stretch off Camden Road, at the far eastern edge of the county south of S.C. 9. The road was repaired by the county June 11-14. 

  • Speedway owner, sons charged in altercation deputy labels ‘total chaos’

    The owner of Lancaster Motor Speedway had a rowdy Fourth of July, and he ended up in jail facing domestic violence and assault charges.

    Brandy Baker, who also owns Brandy Baker Trucking in Heath Springs, was charged with third-degree domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery after an incident at his lake home, according to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • White hot from the white tees

    Lancaster golfer Scott Roberts, the five-time Lancaster Golf Club champion, continues his links assault on the LGC records.
    Two weeks ago, Roberts shot a sizzling 56 (29-27) from the silver tees at the Lancaster Golf Club for a new mark. LGC pro Phil Small said Roberts’ 56 was the first time in his memory a golfer had broken 60 in a round.
    Then on Tuesday, the former Buford High School golf standout, a 1989 BHS graduate and Lancaster High School golf coach, notched another milestone, shooting a 60 from the white tees, playing 6,100 yards over 18 holes.

  • Lancaster Dixie AAA stars headed to state play

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA 10U all-stars are headed to the state tournament in Moncks Corner next weekend.
    The AAA stars finished as the runner-up team in the District II tournament in Gaffney this week.
    District II is sending two teams to the state tournament in Berkeley County, the 2018 district champion and the district runner-up Lancaster 10U stars.
    The Lancaster AAA all-stars open play July 14 when they play the District 7 all-stars at noon at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex.

  • Page, Mills earn Auburn swim camp honors

    Lancaster area star swimmers Makenzy Mills, Taylor Teague, and Samuel Page, who compete with the Lancaster UPYMCA Rays swim team, recently participated in the Auburn University swim camp.
    The camp was held June 3-7 at Auburn University.
    The three swimmers, who also swim with the Lancaster High School swim team, were on separate teams during the week.
    These three swimmers participated in a variety of swim technique sessions starting at 6 a.m. each day and ending about 8 p.m.

  • Column: What survived in final budget: Key investments in state’s future

    The 2018 sitting of the S.C. General Assembly has wrapped up. The state budget for this upcoming fiscal year passed June 28. No budget is ever perfect, but we did invest in some critical needs areas. Below I go through some of those areas and other important bills that made it into law. 

    School salaries, safety

    This year, the General Assembly invested in our education system, increasing funding for both teacher pay and school safety.