Today's News

  • 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.

  • County Classic softball tourney continues play

    The second day of pool play in the first Lancaster County Classic Softball tournament opens today with varsity and junior varsity games at the Springdale Recreation Complex.

    Three varsity games will be held at Springdale I. The 5 p.m. game has Buford meeting Northwestern, with Lancaster meeting Central of Pageland at 6:15. Andrew Jackson faces Lancaster at Springdale I at 7:30.

    Junior varsity games at Springdale II include Northwestern vs. Lancaster at 5 p.m., followed by the AJ vs. Buford junior varsity game at 6:15 and AJ vs. Lancaster jayvee game at 7:30 p.m.

  • Red Devils sticking to what works

    GREAT FALLS There won’t be a Friday night trip and hotel stay for Great Falls ahead of Saturday’s game against Hemingway in Columbia. The Red Devils will practice in their own gym and sleep in their own beds.

    “We’re going to stay with what works,” said GFHS coach John Smith, a Lancaster native.

    If what has worked all season continues to work on Saturday, Smith will bring home his seventh state title in his 41-year stay in Great Falls.

  • S.C. lottery 'bigger curse' than poker machines

    A recent front page article said teachers are going to have take one day off with no pay. It is wrong to furlough school teachers for even one day. School teachers have committed their working careers to teaching in public schools. Many of them could have gone into better-paying jobs, but they have chosen to teach the young people in our schools.

  • Consider the value of Thread Trail here

    The Carolina Thread Trail is in its visionary stage now. How it will develop – even if it will develop – isn’t entirely clear now.

    But the vision calls for a trail that connects locations in 15 counties in both Carolinas that are popular with tourists, hikers and nature lovers.

    Andrew Jackson State Park and Forty Acre Rock preserve, both in Lancaster County, and Landsford Canal State Park, which is situated in both Chester and Lancaster counties, could be destinations included in the Thread Trail.

  • Sylvia pleased with LHS boys' play in Chester tourney

    The Bruin boys soccer team participated in the Chester Tournament for the first time last weekend and fared well.

    LHS opened play Friday night, facing a talented Laurens High School team. The match ended in a 1-all draw.

    LHS coach Bo Sylvia said it was a well-played match as both teams showed flashes of offensive attacks with sound defensive shape.

    The Bruins scored first at the 18-minute mark when Drew Christensen broke through the Laurens’ defensive line for a solo score.

    Laurens answered at the 27-minute mark to end the half at 1-1.

  • McCoy right man for the job

    I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rob McCoy over the last few months. I could tell from the moment I met him that he was an honest, good-hearted person. Rob is also the type of person to stand up for what he believes in and voice his concerns. When he announced that he would be running for the South Carolina House in District 44, I knew that he was the right man for the job. Rob is a proven leader and true conservative. He served for six years in the National Guard and has been an active participant in the TEA Party movement in Lancaster County.

  • Newcomer not impressed with City Council

    On Feb. 23, Lancaster City Council discussed the annexation of properties on Charles Avenue in Arrowood Estates. City Council wanted to get these properties annexed into the city to start a domino effect that would eventually encompass the entire estate. The vote ended the right way, with a no vote taking the majority. But the way these meetings went were far from comforting.

  • U-14 stars win district, eye state championship

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation U-14 basketball all-stars are bound for Walhalla to play in the state championship tournament.

    The U-14 stars, led by coach Joe Wade, captured the Central District basketball all-stars championship with a 51-39 win over the City of Columbia on Saturday afternoon at the Springdale Recreation Center in Lancaster.

    J.T. Smith and Ladarius Moore each hit 12 points to pace Lancaster County to the 12-point win. DeVante Johnson added six.