Today's News

  • Unbeaten swimmers dunk Camden

    The Lancaster County swim team improved to 2-0 on the recreation swim season with a 439-115 win over host Camden on June 12.

    The LCST Sharks were paced by Lauren Spencer, Coulter Jackson and Jonah Faile with four wins each. McKenzie Henry, Charlie Brooke Henry and Jory Pettit each posted three firsts.

    Alaina Houghtaling, Samuel Page, Kelly Sullivan, Georgia Moore, Grayson Young, Jonathan Wade and Simon Wright each had two wins.

    Individual medley

    9-10 girls – 1. Alaina Houghtaling, 2. Abbi Denyer, 3. Savannah Small

  • Thanks for Dad, coaches who were a cut above

    A few weeks back, I was summoned to the office lobby where Billy “Clyde” Self, a former Dixie Youth baseball teammate, stopped by to see me.

    He didn’t have to say why. I knew. Some years back, Billy told me he’d come across an old team photo of our Dixie Youth Baseball farm league team.

    The farm league was for those players who were cut from the Dixie Youth teams after tryouts. Billy had told me he had the old photo and I knew one day he’d make a stop at the paper.

  • Lancaster Women’s Ftbol team wins match, friends in Panama visit

    Another day of rising early began with a visit to Colegio de La Salle, the school our coach, Bo Sylvia attended as a child. Being a K-12 school, the building was huge.

    Four stories plus a gym, pool and huge courtyard where all the students mingle during recess. The visit and tour of the school were phenomenal. The kids were welcoming and friendly. Our team felt like movie stars.

  • Evans, Sowell repeat winners in junior golf play

    Baylee Evans and Logan Sowell were repeat winners in the second week of play for the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

    The junior golfers played Bermuda Run on Monday after opening the season at Chester the week prior.

    Evans, in the girls 8-10 age division, posted a tight win, shooting a 24 over five holes. Emily Cox followed with a 25 and Kaitlin Mohr was third with a 40.

    Evans’ win gives her 50 points for the season, with Cox second with a 40. Mohr and Savannah Small are each tied at 16 points for the season.

  • Going above and beyond

    Sandra Hinson got a little glimpse of heaven this week.

    She saw it in the pallet of shingles in her Flat Creek Road yard, boxes of roofing nails, new windows and a fresh coat of paint.

    Most don’t see the teenagers and adult volunteers who spent most of this week putting a new roof on Hinson’s small home as angels.

    But those who don’t should see them from Hinson’s perspective.

    That perspective comes from a roof that leaks so bad that water pools inside light fixtures.

  • City will tap reserve funds to pay for raises

    City of Lancaster employees will get a pay increase while the city’s residents will not see a spike in their taxes.

    Lancaster City Council passed final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday. The $22.39 million budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for employees.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman John Howard was not at the meeting.

    Last week, the city’s finance committee, chaired by Howard, recommended that council approve a tax increase of 2.8 mills to help offset the already-proposed salary increases.

  • More hot temps in forecast

    To all the Lancaster residents lamenting about the frigid temperatures back in January – be careful what you wish for.

    Many folks asked for summer to return during those chilly days, and now summer is back with a vengeance.

    It has been in the 90s in Lancaster County since June 9, according to the S.C. Climatology Office. By definition, the state is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 98 degrees or more for more than two days, said Wes Tyler of the climatology office.

  • Haley locks up Republican nomination for governor

    Lancaster County voters helped state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington secure the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday.

    The three-term lawmaker is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in South Carolina.

    She easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster, getting about 65 percent of the votes across the state. According to S.C. Election Commission, Haley received 233,371 votes while Barrett received 125,429 votes.

  • Rolling out a red rose carpet

    To See Lancaster SC Director Peggy Little, little things mean a lot.

    That’s one thing she has learned when it comes to luring top-notch acts here as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    Little and 11 other members of the See Lancaster SC board who come up with the Performing Arts Series each year have also become adept at putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Hope on the Hill is getting another grant from the city of Lancaster to assist in its renovation of the old Barr Street school.

    The local youth-serving organization, which wants to turn the building into a community and family life center, will receive $25,000 from the city in the last quarter of hospitality tax grant awards for 2009-10.

    Two other groups – New Arts Movement and New Jack Enterprises – both requested $25,000, but the grant advisory committee recommended that neither group receive any funding.