• It's Zero Hour

    As March moved to its final few hours, the Madness was in high gear among Gamecock fans on their way to Phoenix for the Final Four.
    Lancaster’s Matthew Pitts was driving across Texas by himself Friday afternoon. He left  Thursday morning and drove more than 1,000 miles that day, covering six states.
    “I know people think this is crazy what I’m doing, driving out here by myself,” Pitts said. “But they will also think I’m crazy because I really feel we’re going to win the national championship….

  • Paul Slazas, come on down!

    In his red shirt that said “Flew all night for The Price Is Right,” Paul Slazas was called to come on down March 6 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
    The audience’s screams were deafening, and everyone was giving Slazas high-fives. The Indian Land 71-year-old jumped over a couple of chairs when his name was called.
    The studio was so loud he actually couldn’t hear his name called, but he saw it flashing on a screen.
    “Oh my god, what a show!” Slazas said Friday. “It was so surreal…. It was bizarre!”

  • Low-cost rabies shots at 9 upcoming clinics

    COLUMBIA – Participating veterinarians across the Palmetto State are joining forces with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control this spring to help owners protect themselves, their families, communities and pets against rabies.
    “Rabies vaccination fees may vary by clinic site, but no vet participating in these clinics will charge more than $10 per pet,” said Dr. Sandra Craig, director of DHEC’s Division of Food Protection and Rabies Prevention.

  • Dr. Jairy Hunter will step down as Charleston Southern president

    Charleston Southern University

    CHARLESTON – Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. will step down as president of Charleston Southern University in May 2018 to assume a new role as president emeritus.
    A Lancaster native, Hunter has been with CSU for 34 years.
    “I am gratified that during my tenure thousands of students have received an excellent education in a Christian environment,” Hunter said.

  • Weather advisory issued for Friday

    Emergency workers and utility providers were keeping a close eye on weather conditions Thursday with the threat of heavy downpours and frequent lighting headed toward the I-77 corridor after midnight.
    While Lancaster County was expected to miss the worst of the storm, the National Weather Service said flash floods were possible through Friday morning.
    “We’re watching and waiting to see if this thing develops into something,” said County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Stolen horses soon returned, thanks to Facebook posting

    Two horses stolen from a pasture outside Lancaster last week were reunited with their owners after the woman who bought them saw an online plea from their owner for help finding them.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the woman who reported the crime told the reporting deputy she’d bought the white and brown horses March 21 through an acquaintance named Montana Lowery for $800.
    She said Lowery contacted a man who then dropped the horses off at her place on South Potter Road while she was at work.

  • Duck whodunit: Deputies probe death most fowl

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies investigated the slaying of a duck last week, but could not determine if the owner’s estranged boyfriend killed the fowl, or if the chicken did it.
    According to the March 22 incident report, the duck’s owner summoned authorities to her home on Kayla Lane in the North Corner community, where she said her boyfriend was killing her animals.

  • Hoop-erstitions: I cannot watch the next game, for that would mean they lose

    I may be the only loyal USC grad in Lancaster County who will not be watching the Gamecocks battle Gonzaga in the Final Four on Saturday.
    Diehard fan that I am, I can’t.
    I have become temporarily superstitious. I’ve not watched a single minute of the Gamecocks’ quest for year’s NCAA tournament title. And since they keep winning, why change now?
    I’m not one who normally buys into any sort of irrational belief or ritual that defies common sense, logic or laws of science.

  • Sindarius got game, got name

    Some of basketball’s greatest stars have gone by one name – LeBron, Kobe, Magic, Shaq.
    Will Sindarius be one of those names someday? It’s far too early to say, but you have to admit the word has a nice ring to it. It sticks in your brain easily.

    Throughout this year’s March Madness, as the Lancaster native’s shots have swished through the nets in Greenville and New York City, the name Sindarius Thornwell has rolled off the lips of college basketball analysts Seth Davis, Clark Kellogg, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

  • Van Wyck author releases 5th book

    The quaint town setting of Park Place is shaken by its first murder in “The Sweet Tea Quilting Bee,” the latest book by author Glenda Manus.
    The Van Wyck author has published five Christian fiction novels since January 2014, with her latest inspired by a quilt display sponsored by her own Van Wyck Presbyterian Church as part of last summer’s Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour.