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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bassmasters treat SMS students to club's annual fishing outing

    The Lancaster Bassmasters tradition of taking a group of students fishing continued recently when the Lancaster sportfishing club took a class from South Middle School.The club’s take-a-kid fishing tradition, which started eight years ago by Ron Caskey and Rick Porter, continued at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation pond at the Springdale Recreation Center.R&G Sporting Goods donated cane poles and crickets and the bassers volunteered to help with the outing.“Lancaster County Parks and Recreation was so gracious to let us use their

  • Six county participants set for weekend North-South events

    Six Lancaster County representatives – a coach and five athletes – will be involved in prep baseball-softball all-star action at two different locales this weekend. Two county baseball players – Lancaster High School’s Nick Ferguson and Buford High School’s Christian Dickson – will be involved in the annual North-South All-Star weekend at Myrtle Beach.At the same time, four county reps – Buford High School softball coach Sam Page along with Andrew Jackson High School stars Caroline Phillips and Tessa Faile and Indian

  • Supply and demand work in free market

    This letter is in response to the letter to the editor about stores raising gas prices before getting refills. I can certainly understand why people are upset about rising prices. As an accountant and business owner, I wish the public could realize the reality of doing business.