Today's News

  • Local Republicans get more active

    Ryan Payne first became interested in politics about the time of the 2008 presidential election.  

    Still in high school and not yet old enough to vote, Payne wanted to learn more about what each political party had to offer. He watched both the Republican and Democratic primaries and the presidential debates with then U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain.

    After listening to both sides’ views on everything from government spending to health care, he decided to become involved in the Republican Party.

  • More benefits available to vets

    Local Vietnam War veterans will soon be eligible for additional benefits associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans will be able to file claims for benefits if they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

    Ischemic heart disease includes several types of cardiovascular illnesses, which often result in heart attacks, said Robin Helms, Veterans Affairs officer for Lancaster County.

  • Banks-led Lancers third in region field

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster men’s golf team, sporting the nation’s No. 5 golfer, is Alabama-bound to play in the District IV golf tournament in Greenville, Ala.

    The Lancers, who finished third in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X golf tournament earlier this week, are led by freshman Trevor Banks.

    Banks, eight-under for three major tournaments this spring, helped the Lancers garner a third-place finish in the region tournament.

  • Lancers notch sweep of Junior Bulldogs

    The USCL Lancers stepped out of Region X play and squashed the Wingate University junior varsity baseball team in a sweep Thursday at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The Lancers, 22-18, chained the Junior Bulldogs, 12-2 and 8-3.

    In the opener, former Indian Land High School ace hurler Shawn Thomas, 5-3, worked three innings for the win. Thomas allowed three hits, two runs, with two strikeouts.

    Jacob Hill hurled two scoreless frames in relief and gave up a hit and fanned one. Chris Wall also pitched a scoreless inning to cap the 10-run win.

  • Lady Vols rally, top LHS

    Andrew Jackson used its rallying antics to anchor an 11-10 comeback win over Lancaster on Thursday at AJ.

    LHS held a 10-2 lead at one stretch, but saw the determined Lady Vols scored twice in the fifth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh to secure the comeback win.

    Haley Faulkenberry pitched four innings and notched the win, allowing five hits and three runs. Anna Howey, who whiffed five, took the loss.

    Kori Ballard’s two-run single in the AJ seventh lifted the Lady Vols to the softball win.

  • Police reports - April 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Firefighters and investigators responded to a suspicious car fire on Old Jefferson Highway in Kershaw on April 20.

    The report said the resident heard a loud popping sound about 1:10 a.m. and saw his two cars – a 2004 Ford F150 pickup and a 1999 Cadillac Seville – were on fire.

    The resident said he had recently been threatened by a man at a store in Fairfield County.

    Damage to the cars and the shed they were in was estimated at $25,000.

  • SAC honors Wingate's Rape

    Wingate University junior Marc Rape, a right-hander from Lancaster, was named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week earlier this week.

    Rape tossed a complete game shutout in Wingate’s 6-0 win over Carson-Newman. The win clinched the outright regular-season SAC baseball title for the Bulldogs.

    Rape allowed only four hits on the afternoon, all  singles. He needed just 84 pitches to notch his second complete game shutout of the season. Rape had four strikeouts on the day, while inducing a pair of double plays.

  • Dirt track features bounty on Baker Saturday night

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will return to action Saturday night, with the Chandler Body Shop Pure Street Showdown.

    LMS didn’t run last week due a special race at I-77 Speedway in Chester.

    A track highlight Saturday is in the super street division where a $100 bounty is on veteran driver Brandy Baker, who starts in the rear after winning three straight races in the division.

    Racing will be held in eight divisions.

  • Hagen Strength Team at Hyde Park Baptist

    The Mike Hagen Strength team, a group of professional athletes who travel the world, will bring its message of inspirational speaking and strength exhibition to Hyde Park Baptist on Wednesday through Sunday.

    The Hagen Strength Team performs amazing feats of strength, which include ripping a phone book in half, crushing walls of concrete with a blow from their arm or head, breaking hand-cuffs, running through two-by-fours and blowing up hot water bottles until they explode.

  • Watkins signs to play for Presbyterian

    For the better part of his high school career, Indian Land High School’s Tyler Watkins considered football his “second sport.”

    That was until this year.

    “Something just clicked and I started loving football,” Watkins said. “I just got focused on football.”

    Watkins’ focus was front and center in the Lancaster County Class A school’s media center Wednesday afternoon.