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Today's News

  • Column: S.C. needs to save up for the lean times ahead

    The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report last month, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less.

    According to the report, the General Fund this year accumulated $7.582 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $7.271 billion collected during fiscal 2016. However, it states, “the revenue growth rate has been slowing during the past two fiscal years.”

  • Clash to be reset following Saturday rainout at track

    Lancaster Super Speedway saw its racing card washed out Saturday night at the half-mile oval.
    Lancaster Super Speedway owner Doug McManus and the Carolina Clash Super Late Models Series are trying to find a date to reschedule the race.
    Coming into the race Saturday night, fan favorites and hometown drivers Ben Watkins and Josh Langley were seeking to defend their home turf against the rest of the strong field in the Carolina Clash.

  • Alcohol-sales confusion might require another vote

    The measure that allows Sunday off-premises alcohol sales in Lancaster County may be legally invalid, and continuing those sales might require another referendum by county voters.

    As written, the referendum that passed in 2016 could expire June 30, 2018.

    “This has become a convoluted thing and a misrepresentation of the law,” said Dean Faile, president of Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “I can tell you we are siding with our businesses and the 65 percent of voters who approved Sunday alcohol sales here last year.”

  • TLN, sister papers bring home 25 SCPA advertising awards

    The advertising staff of The Lancaster News and its sister papers won 25 awards in the S.C. Press Association’s annual PALMY Advertising Contest.

    The ad team of 10, who sell and create ads for The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Pageland Progressive, won seven first-place, six second-place and 12 third-place awards.

  • We’re on ‘Property Brothers’!

    For Mandy Lyles, it was a marketing no-brainer.

    Lyles’ company American Components, a wholesale cabinet distributor based in Buford, got a call from “Property Brothers,” the hottest show on HGTV.

    Will you give us two sets of kitchen cabinets, the show’s producer asked, in return for a listing in the show’s credits and a link from our website?

    Lyles replied without hesitation: Absolutely! 

  • Animal shelter top capital need

    County officials are moving forward with plans for their No. 1 capital-needs project – a new animal shelter to replace the overcrowded, insufficient facility on Lynwood Drive.  

    The proposed shelter would cost an estimated $1.25 million to $1.75 million and might occupy county-owned land on Pageland Highway near the farmers market. 

    Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt, chair of the Infrastructure & Regulation Committee, said building a new shelter has been put off long enough.  

  • Lady Volunteers return solid cast for volleyball campaign

    The Andrew Jackson High School Lady Volunteers return six players from their 2016 Class AA Upper State playoff team this fall.
    Veteran AJ Lady Vols volleyball coach John Verdugo has five seniors among the returnees, including middle and outside hitter Makaylen Crosby, setter Hannah Vincent, middle hitter Lyndsay Taylor, outside hitter Savannah Small and defensive specialist Raegen Brewer.
    Crosby, the team’s block-kills team leader last season, is a returning all-region player, while Vincent was the AJ assists team leader last fall.

  • Column: Reinventing public education in S.C.

    Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.
    Now I know that sounds like extreme hyperbole, but bear with me on this one, I think I’m right.
    First, about Scoppe and her idea.

  • Pointy ears, curly tail? Might be a Carolina Dog

    “What kind of dog is that?” I asked my cousin that question in amazement as I noticed his dog’s extraordinary ability to flush rabbits through the thickets and how it bayed on the trail.
    I then learned about a re-discovered type of primitive dog roaming the Southeastern United States, masquerading as an everyday stray.

  • Owl recovering after family saves her on roadway

    On the night of Aug. 12, Phillip Pegram and his family noticed that cars were slowing in front of their house. They found an adult barred owl lying in the middle of the road.
    “She was beautiful,” Pegram recalls. “She looked fine. We couldn’t see any blood or any obvious signs of damage.”
    But they knew something was wrong, because she didn’t try to fly away from them. Perhaps a car had hit her in mid-flight.