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Today's News

  • From their humble beginnings, fire departments have evolved

    The non-municipal departments of  Lancaster County were founded by community residents who saw a need for fire service in their communities. In some cases, a fire inspired the community to start its own department.

    Whatever the inspiration, most of these departments started off with little – often just a used fire truck, bought with money collected from community residents. A number of the county’s volunteer departments had their first truck before they had their fire station.

  • Was it a social hour or business meeting?

    Several weeks ago, Lancaster County and City councils held a joint gathering at Charley’s Cafe in downtown Lancaster.

    Normally, The Lancaster News receives notification of such meetings within the 24-hour period outlined  under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.) In this incident, special notification about the meeting was not sent to The Lancaster News, as is procedure before any public meetings. Instead, we received a telephone call from someone letting us know about the meeting just before it happened.

  • Romarco breaks ground for lab

    KERSHAW – Diane Garrett of Romarco Minerals said she plans for her company to be in Kershaw for decades to come.

    Romarco Minerals is drilling at Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw, and will soon begin construction of a laboratory. The 7,500-square-foot lab will house 12 employees, including a team of analytical technicians, said Jim Wickens, process manager for Haile Gold Mine.

  • Lady Bruins netters down Gaffney

    The Lancaster High Lady Bruins tennis team improved their region record to 3-2 with a 5-1 road win over Gaffney High School on Monday.

    The girls departed the bus in an aggressive mood and quickly jumped on the offensive in most of the single matches and No. 2  doubles.

    Morgan Gardner displayed an aggressive attack as she won the first single, 6-1, 6-2.

    Sara Hicks after a slow start finished strong in defeating the second singles player, 2-6, 6-3, and 10-5.

  • Let's retire our congressman

    There were three articles published on the opinion page on Sept. 22 that deserve responses.

    Letter writer Christine Taylor is right about agreeing to disagree, but talking or writing something negative is not wrong if based on facts.

    Letter writer Philip Wright’s remarks are evidently from a man who has not, and cannot accept facts from a conservative.

  • Speedway hosting annual awards night Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will hosts its annual awards night on Saturday at the half-mile oval.

    Lancaster Speedway officials will honor the top five drivers from every division, plus some special awards.

    Barbecue plates, at $6.00 each, will be sold from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment will include music and the popular cornhole game.

    The infield gates open at 4 p.m., with free admission. LMS officials urge fans to bring youngsters, who can get their favorite drivers autograph.

  • Spratt has turned ads over to Washington experts

    Someone asked me several months ago would John Spratt get ugly in the Congressional campaign. I assured him that the John Spratt I knew was too much a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns.

    After seeing his ad, aired in the Charlotte media market, attacking Mick Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor Development, I need to apologize to that man and correct the misinformation I’d left.

    The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare.

  • Writer finds Schmidt's letter to editor offensive

    I found Rudy Schmidt’s Sept. 12 letter to the editor, “Know difference between right and wrong,” offensive and full of redneck rhetoric. He starts off by saying that’s it not about right or wrong, left or right, Democrat or Republican, then proceeds to denounce anyone who doesn’t buy into the bull being shoveled by the Republicans.

    He is basically calling me a godless heathen because I’m not from Planet Rudy. Let’s take a look at the statements he made about some people in America believing in the following:

  • Lady Jackets host tourney Saturday

    The Buford High School volleyball team will host the Best in the Nest volleyball tournament on Saturday.

    The 10-team field features five teams in each pool. Pool A features South Pointe of Rock Hill, McBee, Ninety Six, Hartsville and host Buford.

    Pool B features York, Central High of Pageland, Piedmont, North Central and Lancaster. Play opens at 8:30 a.m., with the championship match at 6 p.m. The consolation match will also be at 6.

  • We have been your newspaper for 158 years

    You may be reading this editorial as a printed product held in your hand, sprawled across the kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee or while scrolling down your computer screen or smart phone.

    Today you have numerous methods of getting the news. And the dissemination of news has changed dramatically since the early years of smoke signals.

    National Newspaper Week begins today and it’s a good time to take a look at what your community newspaper means to you.