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Today's News

  • AA all-stars to launch Lancaster Dixie Baseball postseason tournament play

    The 2008 Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star tournaments open with the annual AA city championship playoffs for the ages 7-8 league.The playoffs open Saturday with games at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Wylie Park’s field five. Play continues Monday with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.If needed, games will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Breaking News Customers lose power during Wednesday's storm

    Storms produced high winds and a lightning show that filled the skies for hours Wednesday evening. The winds were so strong that some people asked if it was a tornado that downed trees, ripped billboards and bent metal poles like they were toothpicks.

    More than 2,000 people in Lancaster County lost power during the storm. Phone service was also affected for some Comporium customers.

    For the full story and photos, see Friday's edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Sisters to vie for state crowns in pageants this Saturday

    Two little girls from Lancaster have won big at state beauty pageants, and more importantly, have become friends on the road to state titles.

    Hailey Sanders, 6, is competing this weekend for the title of Wee Miss at the Little Miss Teen Miss South Carolina pageant in Hartsville on Saturday. Hailey is the daughter of Nikki and Jeff Sanders of Lancaster.

    Hailey, a North Elementary School student, is going for her third state title. In 2004, she won Wee Miss Tiny Tot South Carolina and Little Miss Tiny Tot South Carolina in 2006.

  • Storms cause damage in county

    Guy Simpler can empathize with people in the Midwest who experience severe storms and tornadoes more frequently than South Carolinians.

    But most of the time, you don't "really feel it," he said.

    "And then this hits you, and it's just incredible," Simpler said, referring to the severe storms that roared through Lancaster County on Wednesday.

    Simpler, general manager of Carolina Country Homes, suspects a tornado hit the business, where numerous manufactured homes and a business office were damaged. Two of the homes there were totaled.

  • Writer questions county decision

    Where is our county leadership when we need it? It is an outrage when our County Council rolls over and bails out Frank Keels and his See Lancaster’s Palmetto Thunder Air Show to the tune of a $75,000 advance. This is in addition to the $15,000 previously budgeted to See Lancaster.

    It’s great to showcase Lancaster, but not at a $90,000 hit to the taxpayers. This could have bought four new squad cars the sheriff’s office desperately needs. It could have been used to provide some relief to our elderly struggling to pay their property taxes.

  • Dixie Baseball honors elite

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball honored top players, teams and coaches at the annual LDB awards night on Tuesday at Wylie Park’s field five.The Matt Blackwell Sportsmanship Award, given in memory of the late Matt Blackwell who played Dixie Baseball, was presented to Devin Rodgers of KSK Construction of the Dixie Boys league, ages 13-14.The award was presented by Toby Taylor, a member of the Matt Blackwell Foundation Board.In the Dixie Boys awards, Bobby Delly of Mobley Drug earned the MVP Award.

  • Rotating hosts good for Classic

    The county’s Panhandle will be the center piece for the annual Founders Kickoff Classic this season.

    Indian Land High School will be the host for the high school football jamboree, in its fifth season on Aug. 22.

    That may seem like a ways away, but plans are already being made for the Warriors’ time to host the prep football kickoff event.

    When the Kickoff Classic was in its planning stage a few years back, the idea was to have each county school serve as a host on a rotating basis.

  • Cutting back will take discipline, but worth effort

    Like most Americans, the rising cost of fuel has caused my family to look at where we can cut back on our expenses.

    I drive a Dodge pickup and the last time I filled up, I paid about $90. My husband and I looked over our receipts and banking information and made some decisions on how our family can save money without noticing a significant difference in our daily lives. It’s easy to become a “piker” when you know where your money is going. For instance, we spent about $40 a month in body wash.

  • Councilmen to meet with reps of concrete companies in Indian Land

    A County Council committee charged with finding a solution to the noise at concrete plants in an Indian Land business park will meet with concrete company officials next week.

    For more than a year, residents of Brookchase and Lakeview Landing have been pleading with council to do something about the noise at concrete plants in 521 Perimeter Commerce Park. The park is adjacent to some homes in Brookchase and Lakeview Landing.

    There are four concrete companies in 521 Perimeter park, but residents have complained the most about Blue Dot.

  • Starved horses get new home

    On Black Beauty's stall door at Larkspur Ranch hangs a delicate dream catcher decorated with feathers.

    Some people believe that dream catchers filter out bad dreams, letting only the good dreams filter through the web in the middle, and travel down through the feathers to the dreamer.

    Black Beauty and her barn mate, Ginger, need all the good dreams they can get.

    The two horses were found in southern Lancaster County by county sheriff's Capt. Craig Bailey last week. Bailey knew right away that the horses needed help.