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Today's News

  • Here to stay the course

    Glancing at the various plaques and awards that line the walls of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Eric Brown is quick to talk about his duties with the department and his future career goals. 

    But what Brown is a little more humble about is the fact he joined the ranks of those honored deputies hanging on the wall, as well as others throughout the state, when he was named South Carolina's Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association.

  • Preps kick off practice

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    No strike here as preparations for the 2011 Lancaster County high school football season begins.
    Buford and Lancaster had the early jump with opening practices Friday.
    The Bruins, under coach Bennie McMurray, hit the field for a morning workout at 8. The LHS team also practiced at 6 p.m. Friday.
    The Bruins held an 8 a.m. practice Saturday.
    Lancaster will return to practice Monday at 8 a.m. and depart for preseason camp Monday afternoon.

  • IL woman takes trash pickup to new level

    Sheilah Plonk of Indian Land has a thing about littering.

    Going to the store, going to work, at work, running errands, on road trips, if Plonk sees a bad case of trash strewn along the side of the road, chances are she's going to stop and pick it up.

    "I got it bad," Plonk said, smiling at the recognition of what has become as much an obsession as a pastime. 

  • Junior golfers wrap up season

    From Release
    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association wrapped up its season this week with the playing of the two-day Roy Small Tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    “We were extremely fortunate to be able to complete two days of golf with the weather being what it was,” said Raymon Chisom, Lancaster chapter director. “The heat brought in a large storm that dumped a lot of rain on the course Monday night, but Phil Small and Ross Baker, along with their staff had the course in excellent condition Tuesday morning.

  • Tough loss ends Ozone all-stars’ run

    Staff Reports
    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone all-stars had a tough finish in the state tournament at Sumter’s Patriots Park on Thursday night.
    Sumter National, the same team which defeated Lancaster in its state tournament opener, scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 3-2 win.
    Sumter NL’s Ryan Touchberry, on a 2-1 pitch and a runner at third base, belted a two-run homer to lift the home team to the one-run win.

  • IL boy off to nationals

    From release

    Indian Land’s Christopher Venditti, 12, has qualified as one of the top 42 motocross riders in the nation for his age class. 

    The dirt-bike racer has qualified for the fifth time for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 30th annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, set for Aug. 1-6 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. 

    Christopher competed with more than 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of 1,386 qualifying spots.

  • President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling

    As we all sit waiting, watching the drama being played out on the television and read all of the blogs or news stories about the debt ceiling, wondering if the checks will arrive in our bank accounts in August, or if the United States can pay the bills or even if we can pay our own bills, I get more and more dismayed.
    Are we really playing this game? With people’s minds, money, lives? If it looks this bad to me, what does President Barack Obama look like to the rest of the world? Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to answer this.

  • There are some in Congress we can rely on to get job done

    At the time of this writing, there is still a stalemate in Washington about raising the debt ceiling. In the past there has never been a problem with raising this ceiling.
    During the Reagan administration it was raised 17 times and during the George W. Bush administration the debt ceiling was raised eight times. Now all of sudden, with President Barack Obama in the White House, there is a problem with raising the ceiling.

  • Three break-ins reported at Discovery School classroom

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard calls a series of break-ins at a local school “egregious” and said officers are still on the hunt for the culprit. 

    Howard said police investigators have worked for the last several weeks to figure out who has returned three times to burglarize a portable outdoor classroom at Discovery School, located at 302 W. Dunlap St. The same mobile unit was broken into July 12, 13 and 18, though no suspects have been found. 

  • County’s jobless rate goes up

    The county's jobless rate rose by nearly a point from May to June, according to numbers released a little over a week ago by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    Lancaster County's unemployment rate for June was 15.3 percent, which ranks 11th in the state. The rate is an increase of 0.8 in May, when the percentage was 14.5.  

    The official labor force for the county for June was 30,619, compared to 30,358 for May, according to the Department of Employment.