Today's News

  • Speedway sets double points races Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will host double points races at the half-mile dirt track on Saturday.

    Double points will be awarded in all divisions except the limited late models.

    A track highlight Saturday is in the Super Street division where Brandy Baker has won three  straight, but Baker, “The  Gambler” will start in the back for the main. That  leaves him having to come from the back of the pack against some of the best Super Street drivers.

  • Jackets rebound, top Gators

    Buford ace pitcher Colt Ellis helped the Jackets rebound in the second round of the Cheraw Braves Diamond Classic at Cheraw High School on Tuesday.

    Ellis posted the win and drilled three hits to key BHS to a 6-4 win over Lake View.

    Buford opened play Monday when it fell to Wilson of Florence, 8-3.

    Ellis hurled a complete game in the BHS win Tuesday. Ellis yielded eight hits, four runs, one earned, and two walks. He struck out three.

  • Time for you to vote in Best of the Best contest

    Fewer categories and a new logo are changes in The Lancaster News’ popular Best of the Best contest this year.

    The contest, in its 11th year, gives readers a chance to vote for their favorite local businesses and service providers.

    A new logo has been created for the contest, and the advertising department has slashed the number of categories by about half, said Katie Harrell, coordinator for the contest.

    “Some of them were repetitive, like medical specialist and medical facility, which we condensed into medical specialist,” Harrell said.

  • Total Control strong in Battle of the Border meet

    The Total Control Power Club of Elgin had a major hand in helping South Carolina defeat North Carolina in the recent Battle of the Border Powerlifting and Bench Press meet in Charlotte at the Dowd YMCA.

    “There was a lot of pride and determination in this meet,” said Terry Marshall of Total Control. “Our guys did an outstanding job.”

    Wade McAteer, in the the 242-pound weight class, had a 1,504 total – 556.5 squat, 473.7 bench press and 473.7 dead lift.

  • Smith wins in Clash South race

    Jeff Smith won the battle to win the first-ever Clash South Tour race at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    “I had great horsepower under the hood and we were fast tonight,” Smith said in victory lane.

    Smith was able to net $4,000 for the 40-lap win.

    Ross Bailes, in his No. 87, set the fastest time in qualifying, 18.540. The time was a new track record, topping Dennis Franklin’s 18.573 set in September of 2008. The second-fastest time was set by the No. 09 of Johnny Pursley in 18.708.

  • Imagine that... I never got his name

    It was all I could do to keep quiet.

    This young fella sitting beside me started snickering and pointing at an older gentleman who was walking by.

    The lips of the old man (who by the way, was about my age) were moving, but he wasn’t saying anything.

    I didn’t see anything strange about his behavior at all. It looked perfectly normal to me. 

    Bless Pete, I used to do it all the time when I was growing up.

    Evidently, this young upstart is not attune to the wonderful world of invisible friends.

  • Know signs, symptoms of diabetes

    The numbers are staggering.

    Every 25 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with diabetes.

    Right now, there are 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes. That’s almost 8 percent of the United States population.

    There are nearly six million more people living with diabetes who don’t know it. That includes an estimated 415,000 South Carolinians, said Lori Moseley, program manager of the Diabetes Education Clinic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Retrieved bowl stirs WWII memories for Billy Ray Deese

    At times, the line between love and hate can be paper thin.

    That notion is one Billy Ray “Reb” Deese can attest to when he holds the bowl displayed on the kitchen table of his home.

    Most wouldn’t give the white glazed china dish a second glance. But that bowl – and how it ended up on Holly Dale Drive – is the story of Deese’s life. For Deese, it’s more second chance than second glance.

  • County maps out needs at its planning session

    Software improvements, better equipment and larger county facilities were all items discussed at Lancaster County Council’s recent county planning session.

    Held earlier this month, council met for its annual planning session to discuss priority projects for the county. This includes programmatic priorities, such as improved information technology services for county departments, as well as capital priorities such as the construction of bridges or road resurfacing. Council also discussed potential areas for cuts and cost savings.

  • Authorities believe man accidentally shot himself with stolen gun

    INDIAN LAND – A Fort Mill man apparently accidentally shot himself with a stolen weapon after a burglary and robbery at an Indian Land home early Thursday.

    Larry Joe Smith, 29, of 113 Allison St., Fort Mill, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the incident, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff’s Office. His condition was unavailable on Thursday afternoon.