Today's News

  • TEA party movement to celebrate its first anniversary on Tax Day

    Lancaster County residents are invited Thursday to the one-year anniversary of the county’s TEA party movement.

    The TEA party begins at noon in the parking lot of the former Elrod Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership at 845 Lancaster Bypass East. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

    This is one of several TEA party events organized by residents who have been especially critical of taxes and government spending since Barack Obama became president in 2009.

    The event will feature conservative speakers Chad Connelly and Marvin Rogers.

  • Woman with rare liver disease seeking transplant in Florida

    Rhonda Powers is a huge Elvis Presley fan whose dream is to visit his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

    Powers could get to Tennessee in a single day, but major health problems have stymied any serious thoughts of taking such a trip.

    The Lancaster County resident was diagnosed last year with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatphepatitis, or “NASH.” The rare condition is similar to alcohol liver disease, but affects people who drink little to no alcohol. The cause of NASH is unknown.

  • Have you filed your tax returns?

    Andy McBride walked passed a tax preparer’s office Monday afternoon with a peaceful smile as he made his way to a neighboring retailer.

    Asked if he had filed his 2009 tax return already, the Lancaster resident responded enthusiastically, saying he did so nearly two months ago. McBride said he’s never been one for the last-week rush.

    “I do mine right away,” McBride said. “Boom. Pow. Done!”

  • Blankenship to guide Lancers' softball team

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster athletic program’s newest sport is softball and a familiar face will lead the Lancers’ team.

    Alan Blankenship, who has coaching experience in high school and advanced girls youth softball, will guide the Lancers’ softball program as its first head coach.

    Blankenship, 59 and a Lancaster native, worked eight years with the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ softball program, including two seasons as the LHS head coach.

  • District screening applications for AJ post

    Lancaster County School District officials are in the process of screening applications for the job of head football coach at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said applications will be taken until the job is filled this spring.

    “We want to get the best possible person for the job,” Moore said.

  • Vols hammer Warriors

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer baseball team returned to the diamond to drill county rival Indian Land 21-8 in five innings on Monday night at IL.

    AJ, up 8-6, ignited for 13 runs in the third inning on the way to the 13-run win. The Vols’ victory gave AJ a season’s sweep of the Warriors.

    Chandler “Cha Cha” Gardner, who hurled two innings, was the winner, allowing six runs – three earned, five hits and five walks. He fanned three.

    Tanner Gardner, in three innings, yielded two runs, two hits, three walks and hit a batter. He fanned four.

  • Lancers split four games with Titans

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers moved into fourth place in regular-season Region X baseball play with a split of four games with Guilford Tech (N.C.) over the weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The 20-18 Lancers, who are 13-14 in Region X play, opened the four-game series – two doubleheaders – with a sweep of the Titans, 3-2 in the first game and 7-6 in the nightcap.

    In the first game, Jarrett Miller worked six innings and struck out 11 to notch the win over Guilford Tech. Miller allowed three hits and a walk.

  • City Council upholds officer's firing

    Pat Parsons will not get his job back.

    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Parsons, who had worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 11 years.

    Parsons, 50, a sergeant, had been fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    The two said, in their February complaints, that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Home is where the swatter is

     In the epic novels penned by the the late Zane Grey, a 44-caliber Colt revolver with its 8-inch-long barrel was often referred to as “The Equalizer.”

  • Taking a stand against alcohol

    It hurts Karl Kakadelis to speak in front of crowds, but he knows it’s something he has to do.

    On Wednesday evening, he spoke with his head down, taking long pauses in between sentences. He would glance toward the audience and then begin to talk about his big mistake – a mistake he regrets every day of his life. His story is quite appropriate, as he was the guest speaker at a special town hall meeting on underage drinking, held Wednesday at the Springdale Recreation Center.