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Today's News

  • Jackets, Vols garner all-region football honors

    Region IV-AA football champion Buford High School earned its share of awards as the Class AA Upper State league honored its all-region team for the 2018 regular season.
    BHS fifth-year head coach Tripp Watts, who guided the Yellow Jackets to an unbeaten mark in Region IV-AA play at 6-0, was named the Region IV-AA Coach of the Year.
    He guided BHS to the region title for the first time since the 1997 season and first as a Class AA school.
    Two county athletes, one from Buford and one from Andrew Jackson, were honored as the Region IV-AA Players of the Year.

  • Our View: Let’s support the rec bond, create a better place to live

    If you’re like 78 percent of Lancaster County residents, you live in an owner-occupied dwelling, which probably means you have a mortgage or had one in the past.
    Borrowing to buy a home is a normal part of American life. Almost no one saves up for 30 years, then buys a house for cash. We would rather live in the house as we pay for it. Life is just more pleasant that way, for us and our families, and that’s one of the benefits of living in a country with a well-established system of borrowing for long-term needs.

  • Column: 10 reasons to vote for appointing the S.C. schools superintendent

    If you like having politicians run important state agencies instead of professionals who actually know what they’re doing, you should vote “no” on Constitutional Amendment 1 on Tuesday’s S.C. election ballots. Ditto if you think it makes sense that the governor has no more control over South Carolina’s most important duty than any one of the 124 House members.

  • Lancaster teens win top honors in poultry, garden competitions

    Lancaster County teens Daniel Hilgendorf and Charis Grabbe both won top awards in statewide competitions this year for their respective expertise in poultry showmanship and gardening.
    Daniel and Charis are both participants in the 4-H program delivered by the Cooperative Extension Service, which provides opportunities for kids and young people to “learn by doing” in areas such as health, science and agriculture.
    The Lancaster County 4-H Program has served almost 2,000 youths throughout the county over the past year.

  • Students face discipline for possessing pellet gun

    Two A.R. Rucker Middle School students may be expelled for exchanging an airsoft pellet gun on school grounds Thursday afternoon, the second incident involving a pellet gun at the school this year.
    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, said a tip was sent in about the transaction and the gun was recovered after a search of the boys’ bookbags. The boys were then turned over to the school resource officer for having a weapon on school grounds.

  • Midterm vote draws heavy early turnout in Lancaster and statewide

    Going into Friday, more absentee votes had already been cast in Lancaster County and across South Carolina than in the entire 2014 midterm election – and there were still three days of voting to go.
    “Based on absentee, I feel like we will be busy on Tuesday. That usually mirrors Election Day,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    As of Friday, according to the S.C. Election Commission, more than 260,000 absentee ballots had been issued across the state, 80 percent more than in 2014 and an absentee voting record for a midterm.

  • Habitat rehab project almost family-ready

    Brianna Carter and fiancé Quinterrus Shropshire are rejoicing in the transformation – a dilapidated, termite-damaged Lancaster house, made sturdy and beautiful again by the couple, their relatives and a band of Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
    Carter is a Southside Early Child Development schoolteacher who has never had a home of her own. She, Shropshire and their 1-year old daughter, Ava, hope to be moved into the 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom home on Woodland Drive before Christmas, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

  • Murder on a lonely street, a family waits for answers

    At the end of a string of loud, terrifying street killings that had lasted months, the murder of Terry “Butch” Thompson one year ago barely caused a stir.
    A patrolling police officer spotted his body on Dunlap Street near downtown Lancaster at 1:17 a.m. The 47-year-old had been shot in the back of the head. There was no 911 call, no crowd of bystanders.
    One year later, there are few clues to what happened. No follow-up stories ever appeared in the newspaper. It has felt like a lifetime to Thompson’s family.

  • 1 charged in Kings Circle shooting, 3 sought

    One arrest has been made in Thursday morning’s Kings Circle burglary and shooting, and authorities are on the hunt for three other suspects.
    Aikiriea Okeishai Crockett, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. She is in custody at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

  • Column: Vote for Parnell to protect Medicare and Social Security

    How many of you have a preexisting condition such as diabetes, heart problems or maybe cancer? How many of you depend on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security? How many of you are realizing an increase in income due to the Republican tax cuts?  
    The Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals with preexisting conditions to purchase health insurance at an affordable rate. I have yet to see their replacement plan, and our Republican governors have rejected billions of dollars in Medicaid.