Today's News

  • Common ground is hard to find

    These days, common ground is hard to come by.

    So when you find a patch of it, you like the feel of it under your bare feet.

    A while back, one morning in Sunday School, I found some common ground.

    A gentleman I once worked for told me although he grew up in Atlanta, the antics of young boys here and there in the 1940s were pretty similar.

    Bless Pete, I reckon he had a fondness for old cardboard refrigerator boxes, too.

    It made me smile.

  • Big screen debut

    INDIAN LAND – Lauri Pistolis got more than she bargained for when she headed to Memphis, Tenn., last month to help a friend handle the horses on a movie set.

    But she’s not complaining.

    Pistolis wound up being the stunt double for female lead Leonor Varela in the upcoming movie, “A Fine Step.”

    That meant Pistolis got to ride the film’s real star, Substituto, a 5-year-old champion Paso Fino stallion in his first movie role. 

  • 1973 slaying of Lancaster surgeon a memorable case

    It’s a Friday night, and everything is calm and peaceful inside the home of Lancaster surgeon Dr. J. Dill Pittman.

    But suddenly, a large piece of stone is thrown into a patio glass door.

    Burglars storm through that sliding door and confront Pittman, who is sitting in the den watching TV with his wife, Marvyne.

    The Pittmans are both tied up with nylon stockings and neckties, while the intruders ransack their Edgewood Court home.

  • Unbeaten Bruins bid for title berth

    The unbeaten Lancaster Bruins’ soccer team moved their mark to 3-0 in the Red Rose Classic with a 2-1 win over 2010 tournament host Indian Land on Friday night at IL’s Reservation.

    The match was a battle of tourney unbeatens, but the Bruins snapped a scoreless halftime draw with two second-half goals and allowed only one score.

    Matt White scored LHS’s first goal. Jaden Driggers assisted Bruins’ senior Alex Roach on the second score and LHS held on for the 2-1 win.

  • Bruins hope to improve

    Brett Blackmon enters his second season with the Lancaster Bruins, hoping for a brighter spring this time around.

    LHS, 7-15 last season, is hoping to find the right chemistry between returning veterans and talented newcomers.

    Blackmon, who came to LHS from Great Falls High School where he built the Red Devils into a Class A diamond power, said pitching is the key for the Bruins’ hopes this spring.

  • Lil Vols capture Top Gun AAU softball title

    The Lil Vols, a 10-under girls fastpitch softball travel team from Lancaster County, has won the Top Gun AAU points championship.

    The girls practice and play tournaments year round and deserve recognition for all their hard work.

    Coach Richie Ballard started the Lil Vols team three years ago and it has grown beyond the highest expectations.

  • Buford edges Silver Foxes

    Buford capped play in the Alehouse Invitational, formerly known as the Lake Murray Classic, taking a 3-2 win over Class AAAA foe Dutch Fork on Saturday.

    Dillon Hydrick, who worked 6.2 innings, was the winner, allowing two earned runs, six hits and a pair of walks. He fanned one.

    Logan Segee, in 1.1 innings of work, earned the save. He struck out one and walked one.

    Cody Gordon led Buford with three hits and drove in two runs. Brett Estridge added two hits.

    Jacob Jamison had a hit and a stolen base. Ricky Lewis and Colt Ellis each had a hit.

  • Police reports - March 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges March 9 after an officer saw what he believed was a drug transaction in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street.

    Taveras Breshun Patterson, 26, 1514 Lynwood Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and second-offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, the officer followed the car involved in the suspected transaction to 15th Street, where the car turned into a driveway.

  • Blame tomato squeeze on Florida freeze

    You don’t have to tell Kelly Gibson the winter of 2009-10 is tied for the fourth coldest in South Carolina history.

    And it’s not just here. It’s been just cold and wet across most of the southeast, including Florida.

    Gibson knows it whenever one word – tomato – gets mentioned.

    Those three syllables can make the owner of the South 200 Drive-In Restaurant grimace, stare at the floor and shake her head.

  • Apollo 16 astronaut, 3 others inducted into county's Boy Scout Hall of Fame

    For Charlie Duke, the path that took him to the moon in April 1972 on Apollo 16 started in the late 1940s when an aeronautics merit badge was added to his merit badge sash.

    Before Duke was an explorer/astronaut and one of only 12 men to walk on the moon, he was a test pilot, fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force officer.

    Before that, he was an Eagle Scout.