Today's News

  • Writer questions purpose of a grievance committee

    I’d like to make a few comments about the City Council’s decision to go against the grievance committee’s vote to reinstate officer Pat Parsons. Why does the city have a grievance committee if it disregards its findings?

    The grievance committee figured out from the facts that the verdict was excessive.

  • Lancers seek to rebound this weekend

    The University of South Carolina will be seeking to get back on track this weekend after dropping four at home last weekend.

    The Lancers host Guilford Community College for two games Saturday and a pair on Sunday.

    USCL, 18-16, dropped a four-game set – two twin bills – to Pitt Community College of Greenville, N.C. The visiting Bulldogs won the first doubleheader, 11-5, 13-1.

    In the opener, Cameron Baker, in 1.1 innings, allowed five runs – all earned runs, and five hits. He struck out one.

  • Junior Bruins earn Blackwell Invitational title

    The Lancaster Junior Bruins capped a comeback attack to capture the first Matt Blackwell Invitational junior varsity baseball tournament Thursday afternoon at LHS’s Doomsday Corner.

    The tournament is held in memory of the late Matt Blackwell, a former Lancaster High junior varsity catcher who died in an auto accident in 2001. Thursday was Blackwell’s 24th birthday.

  • Buford's bronze champ

    The Buford High School softball team’s spring break road trip resulted in the bronze, that’s title not tan.

    The Lady Jackets, after a 0-2 start, came back strong with three straight wins to capture the bronze title in the annual Azalea Invitational softball tournament at Summerville on Wednesday.

    “I thought we came back and played well after the first day in the tournament,” BHS softball coach “C” Davis said. “I was glad to see the kids come back strong.”

  • 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.