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Today's News

  • Tomorrow is America's birthday

    Tomorrow we celebrate a birthday. The we is the United States of America. We turn 233 years old on July 4 – the day we (the original 13 American colonies) declared our independence from Great Britain.

    The Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia.

    We didn’t get that independence easily. It was a hard-fought and bloody battle to earn our freedom. Many people died – some in the Palmetto State – in that original struggle for independence. They continue to die on foreign soil to preserve our American way of life.

  • Another TEA Party in town set for July 4

    Several months ago the first Lancaster Tea Party was held to protest the rampant spending of our federal government.

    TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already. This headlong rush to spend the nation into bankruptcy began in the latter months of the Bush administration and has hurtled along during the Obama presidency.

    The first TEA Party drew 300 Lancastrians, protesting the federal spending.

    Another 3,000 TEA Parties were held across the nation.

    Did the Obama administration and Congress listen? Not one bit.

  • Council is right to gather info on business license fees

    With all due respect to my friend Rosemary Whitlock, who wrote the guest column, “Council doesn’t have enough info on business license fees” in the June 19 edition of The Lancaster News, I think that she, as well as a number of small business owners around Lancaster County, has jumped the gun in respect to what I view as unwarranted criticism directed at the mere discussion of a business license.

    Right now, and likely for many months yet to come, the issue is being studied.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables from farmer's markets always better

    Local produce is now available and consumers are taking advantage of it.

    The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market on Pageland Highway is in full swing, along with the Lancaster County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association farmer’s market at Ace Hardware on South Market Street.

    The county market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The fruit and vegetable grower’s market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

    Local farmer Don Gowan said the county market is enjoying a banner year. He said the vendor count has almost doubled.

  • Is there good news?

    I used to enjoy watching the news after work, but haven’t seen any good reports in a long time. So, my free time is spent doing yard work, listening to radio or reading authors like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Anne Coulter.

    Liberals see these folk as far-right. I chuckled when Beck recently quoted Chavez in Venezuela that he and Brother Castro better watch out or Obama will take over the lead to an all socialistic society.

  • Tournament champions crowned

    On a day that saw temperatures hover around the century mark, golf action was just as hot at the Lancaster Golf Club as 22 teams battled for the top prize in the eighth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament held Saturday.

  • Area coach, players part of Pre-Majors future stars' win

    Five area players were part of a Southeast team which won a Dixie Youth Pre-Majors future stars baseball tournament in Eufaula, Ala., earlier this month.

    Lancaster player Brandon Miles was on the team which included four players from Pageland. The quartet included Mardu Smith, Josh Covington, Jawan Henderson and Desiah Blakeney.

    The five players were on a North team which included players from Fountain Inn, S.C., Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas.

    The team, ages 15-16, was coached by Lyn James, a Lancaster native who is the Dixie Majors state director.

  • Angels claim district title

    The Lancaster American Angels, ages 9-10, claimed the district championship in Union last weekend and will compete in  the state tournament in Seneca July 10-15.

    The Angels went undefeated in the district tournament. Lancaster defeated Chester, 10-3, on June 26 and shut out Lancaster National League, 5-0, on June 27. They defeated Union, 5-3, on June 28 and again, 2-0, on June 30.  

    Coach Greg Vincent said he was proud of the Angels.

  • Ponytails All-Stars on to state play

    The Lancaster Ponytails All-Stars are headed for the state championship tournament after winning the district title last weekend.

    The Lancaster All-Stars defeated Union, 11-1, in four innings on June 26. Lancaster defeated Chester, 21-0, in four innings on June 27, then claimed the district title by defeating Union, 11-0, in four innings on June 28.

    “It was a complete and total team effort,” said coach Rick Sims.

    “Every player contributed at the plate. As a team we scored 43 runs in just 12 innings of play by racking up 39 base hits.”

  • P-31 juniors claim win in playoffs

    Lancaster American Legion Post 31 juniors defeated Gaffney, 8-6, claiming the first win of the best-of-five series in playoff games at Gaffney on Monday night.

    Tripp Rollings pitched five innings with six strikeouts, eight walks and two hits giving up six runs. Adam Eubanks came in to finish the final two innings with two walks and two strikeouts.