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Today's News

  • Blackwood takes win in FASTRAK series

    Steven Evans

    For The Lancaster News

    There was plenty of action at Lancaster Motor Speedway Saturday night.

    In the Young Guns main event it was Cayce McGuire and Andrew Blackwood in Row 1. Austin Baker and Andrew Yandle were in Row 2. As the race got under way McGuire jumped to the lead with Blackwood in second. An early caution was brought out when Blackwood spun out as he was closing in on McGuire with a few laps left. McGuire held the lead after they restarted and took the win. Following him were Austin Baker, Josh Langley, Andrew Yandle and Andrew Blackwood.

  • York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    Both Carolinas claim to be the birthplace of former President Andrew Jackson. Lancaster County even has a state park and museum named after him.

    Few recognize that York County can also lay claim to the president because he spent some portion of his young life in York County near the base of Nanny Mountain in Bethel township.

    A rock monument at the intersection of highways 274 and 49 at the Five Points intersection says young Andrew lived with the Widow Howe about a mile east of the monument.

  • Schools get $4.5 million from feds

    The Lancaster County School District is receiving federal money that will help reduce alcohol use and foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to attend college. The grants total nearly $4.5 million.

    The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the district the following three grants:

    – Gear-Up Program Grant

    – Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant

    – Alcohol Abuse Reduction Grant

    The is the second time the district has been awarded these grants.

    Gear-Up

  • Breaking News Teen charged in shooting death

    A Lancaster teen has been charged with murder after authorities say he shot a man on Memorial Park Road on Saturday night.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Alphonzo Markee Robinson, 16, 1271 Springdale Road, with murder.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said Robinson has been charged as an adult.

    Holland said deputies and state troopers responded to the 1500 block of Memorial Park Road just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a hit-and-run car crash there.

  • Friday at Last goes on in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Without See Lancaster's involvement this year, the show still goes on with the Kershaw Friday at Last, planned for Friday night.

    From 7 to 10 p.m., the public is invited to come out to the grassy lot next to the Kershaw Fire Department on Hampton Street and enjoy music by Chiney Berry Shade, a Camden band that plays beach, country and classic rock.

  • 'Expressions from the Soul' exhibit is artist's homecoming

    Sheila Blackmon-Neal is the featured artist whose works are display at Bob Doster's Backstreet Gallery this month.

    Blackmon-Neal is originally from Lancaster and lives in Sumter, where she teaches art, health and career education at Furman Middle School.

    The public is invited to a reception honoring Blackmon-Neal from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Doster's gallery, 217 E. Gay St.

  • Heath Springs center wraps up two-week program

    HEATH SPRINGS – Two girls probed the contents of small particles under a microscope while another quietly read "The Drinking Gourd" by F.N. Mojo.

    In another room, several children focused on various computer games that help with math and English.

    The Heath Springs Community Center served as a haven for mentorship and enlightenment for area children. It housed a two-week summer program that gave school-aged youth something do for part of their summer vacation.

  • AAA all-stars sweep district

    Lancaster National AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, will be vying for the state title in Hartsville. They earned that right by defeating Clover, 9-1, and claiming the District II championship title in Union on Thursday night.

    Clover scored one run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Lancaster came back and scored two runs in the bottom of the first. There were no scores in the second, third and fourth. Lancaster scored the remaining seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.

  • History of Haile Gold Mine

    The Haile Gold Mine was once the largest gold mine in the Southeast, covering 1,800 acres. It was one of 13 mines in Lancaster County and one of the state's 130 mines.

    Mining operations at Haile Gold Mine started with the panning method, moved to small open pit, larger open pit and then went underground. The final phase used the large open pit method. A crude gold/silver mixture called "dore" was shipped from the mine.

    Col. Benjamin Haile was the first to discover gold at the site. It was found in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.

  • There's gold in them sandhills ... and Canadian firm hopes to mine it from Haile site

    There's gold in them sandhills ... and Canadian firm hopes to mine it from Haile site

    KERSHAW _ Col. Benjamin Haile first discovered gold in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.

    Since then, many people have found gold in this part of South Carolina's sandhills. Various operations have come and gone after millions of dollars in gold were mined from the site, long ago named the Haile Gold Mine after the man who first found gold there.