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Today's News

  • Understand Air Quality Index colors

    Almost every day this time of year, a local meteorologist will emphasize the Air Quality Index (AQI) as part of the upcoming weather forecast, but few know what it means.

    The Air Quality Index is the system used to warn the public when air pollution reaches dangerous levels. It tracks ozone (smog) and particle pollution (tiny particles from ash, vehicle exhaust, soil dust, pollen and other air pollutants).

  • Mathis leaves a legacy of success

    Say or hear the initials “C.B.” and quite likely the next name to come to mind, or be spoken, is Mathis.
    C.B. Mathis became a household name not only in Lancaster, but also across the region and the nation.
    “The name ‘C.B.’ became known, not only throughout our town, but throughout parts of the nation,” said Tim Martin, who along with Mathis co-owned the real estate company C.O.R.E. Realty.
    Mathis, a Lancaster native, died late last month, leaving a legacy of success in real estate as well as the world of pageantry.

  • What it takes to be a citizen

    A few weeks ago, the federally run National Assessment of Educational Progress issued its latest “report card” on civics education in the United States. You get a sense of what it found from “The New York Times” headline: “Civics Education Called National Crisis.”
    Most media coverage of the report focused on students’ precarious knowledge of our system of government.

  • Guard makes state better place

    I was recently honored to be selected as interim commander of the S.C. State Guard – succeeding Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy, who is retiring.
    I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain a little about the State Guard and its role in protecting our citizens in cases of emergency.

  • Today's recipes

    When it comes to grilling out, nothing beats hot dogs and hamburgers, but sometimes you need to kick it up a notch.

    That’s where a good marinade comes in.

    Marinades are a great way to add spice and flavor before grilling. 

    You can also make the most of an inexpensive cut of meat with a marinade by turning cheap choice into prime steak.

    There are tons of store-bought varieties, but you can save money by easily preparing your own from scratch.

  • Summer movies start this Saturday

    The city of Lancaster’s summer outdoor movie and concert series kicks off this week.

    Caroline Hasty, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said there will be a movie on the second Saturday of each month through September.

    Beginning Saturday, Hasty said families can bring chairs and blankets to the corner of Gay and Main streets for “Movies in the City.”

    All the movies are free and concessions will be sold.

  • Police find weapon

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Peering over the bridge along Lynwood Drive, Brian Price wondered what all the commotion was about on Monday afternoon.
    The 15-year-old Lancaster resident walked the bridge with his stepfather, Howard Smith, only minutes after a contingent of police officers and firefighters left the scene. Smith said he first saw the crowd of local law enforcement a little after 1 p.m.
    “I was riding by and there was a cop car here and I saw some police looking down,” Price said.

  • Man still in hospital

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A convenience store owner remains hospitalized after he was shot several times during an attempted armed robbery late Saturday.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the owner of the Stop-N-Shop, 2147 McIlwain Road, was still in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as of Tuesday afternoon. The owner was shot by an unknown man just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

  • Thank you, Lord

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Gary Deaton stood just feet away from his big rig, which quickly began to look more like a pile of burned coals.
    Deaton was traveling east on Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday when he heard a “boom!” sound come from his 18-wheeler.
    A few moments later, he saw smoke.
    As he pulled off to the left side of the road, his truck was already on fire. Luckily, he was able to climb out the cab’s passenger side before the flames engulfed the truck.

  • 2 men pulled from pool

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was rushed to the hospital Saturday night after almost drowning in a hotel pool.
    Lancaster police officers responded to the pool at the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., at 9:49 p.m. June 4 after receiving a call about two possible drowning victims.
    When they arrived, Emergency Medical Services workers and firefighters were already performing CPR on a 41-year-old Lancaster man.