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Today's News

  • Put safety first when handling fireworks

    If you are going to shoot off fireworks, here are some suggestions from safety organizations:

    • Only use fireworks outdoors.

    • Obey state and local laws.

    • Always have water handy with a hose or buckets of water. If water is not available, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Have a cell phone nearby and call the local fire department quickly if fire breaks out.

    • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them.

    • Use a Pyrotorch rather than lighters, matches or punks to light fireworks.

  • Campers GEAR-UP for college

    A dead, pregnant rat laid on the table while cow eyes sat there waiting for students to explore.

    Keenan Shropshire, one of the students in this year’s local GEAR-UP summer camp, wasn’t too fond of dissecting animals. But as time elapsed, he became more comfortable with the exercise.

    “It’s pretty fun – except for the rat,” said Shropshire, a rising junior at Andrew Jackson High School. “I didn’t touch the rat.”

  • Getting ready for Fourth of July fun

    For many South Carolinians, it’s not the Fourth of July until something goes boom.

    And with most fireworks legal in the state, residents are often on the hunt this time of year for items such as ground spinners, sparklers, mortars and roman candles.

  • Man gets 15 years for sex charge

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl four years ago.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Lyman Lester Hughes, 66, to 15 years in prison on Friday.

    Hughes pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act upon a minor on Monday, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo. Mingo prosecutes sex crimes for the solicitor’s office.

  • Council accepts Legacy Park roads

    A vote to accept a neighborhood’s roads into the county system turned into a debate on whether to stop accepting roads altogether at Monday night’s County Council meeting.

    Residents from Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood packed the council chambers hoping their roads would finally be accepted into the county.

  • Foursome's 51 tops Taylor field

    The winning foursome shot a 21-under to take the title in the fifth annual Jimmy Taylor Sr., Memorial golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday.

    The winning team, which carded a 51 over 18 holes, included Jerell Fields, Michael Fields, Robert Bethea and Joshua Sherrill.

    The Charlotte team’s win, which garnered a $1,000 prize, was aided by Jerell Fields’ close-ups on No. 13 and 15. The tournament drew 29 teams.

  • Daddy helped me keep my eye on the ball

    Longtime Lancaster baseball fan Jack “Monk” Lucas tells this story better than I could, but I’ll give it a go in honor of Father’s Day.

    It was the mid-1960s during the Dixie Youth Baseball season at Wylie Park.

    “Monk’s” son Mike and I were teammates.

    “Monk,” who often frequents the dugout area at baseball games, said during a game one day, my father, the late Jim Howey, asked the coaches to put me in.

  • Police reports - June 28, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge June 25 after a police officer saw the man trying to hide something under his shirt.

    Timothy Jackson, 49, 314 N. Hughes St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance and open consumption violation.

  • Speedway features hot night of racing

    The Lancaster Motor Speedway racing was like the weather Saturday night – hot.

    The temperature topped 95 most of the day in Lancaster and still people packed into the track ready for race night.

    With pit road crowded and drivers eager to get hot laps rolling, the drivers’ meeting prepared everyone.

    The music was playing, the drinks were cold, and the talk was racing. Now, close your eyes and imagine you are at Lancaster Speedway this past Saturday night and listen to the excitement.

  • AA all-stars launch LDB postseason tonight

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA all-stars, American and National teams, open play in their best of three district tournament tonight with a game at 7 at the Wylie Park Complex’s field five.

    Game two is Saturday at 6 p.m., with a game three, if needed, set to follow 30 minutes later.

    Admission tonight is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth, 12-under. On Saturday, the admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. The AA stars are 8-under.