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Today's News

  • Russell: Years that bear '9' bear watching

     It’s been 20 years since the Palmetto State’s storm of the century – Hurricane Hugo – slammed onto land near Charleston.

    On Sept. 21-22, 1989, the Category 4 storm – with winds in excess of 131 mph, a 20-foot storm surge and more than 10 inches of rainfall – tore a path of destruction through the state.

    When the rain and wind stopped, portions of Lancaster County were battered. 

  • Incidence of insect bites increase with summer heat

     

    Incidence of insect bites increase with summer heat

    American College of Emergency Physicians

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As temperatures rise, more and more people are venturing outdoors. The nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of insect bites – specifically from ticks and mosquitoes – which can cause serious illnesses.

  • An apple pie never goes out of style

    It had been as hot as a firecracker all week.

    Truck convoys loaded with soldiers were a common sight, with maneuvers in full swing.

    The Red and Blue armies invaded Lancaster from opposite directions. Campsites were set up wherever thee was a hint of a shade tree.

    The fellas were making the best of it, too, roaming around from one group of GI’s to another.

  • State denies tax break to Inspiration Networks

    INDIAN LAND – Inspiration Networks is facing another hurdle this week as the state of South Carolina has now denied the organization’s request for tax-exemption status.

    With this revelation, the faith organization may now be required to pay taxes on its 90-acre Indian Land campus, the City of Light, as well as any property inside the buildings.

    Inspiration Networks is appealing the decision.

  • Plyer donates 11.4 acres to Katawba land trust

    More than 10 acres has been donated to the Katawba Valley Land Trust in the city of Lancaster.

    According to the land trust, Mary Neal Plyler, wife of the late G. Millon Plyler, donated 11.4 acres to the trust. 

    The land is between First Washington Baptist Church and Eastside Academy on Hannah’s Creek along East Meeting Street. 

    The property holds bottomland hardwoods subject to frequent flooding. The land adds to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, roughly 300 acres of protected property running through the city of Lancaster. 

  • Fred Thomas appointed new magistrate judge

    About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fred Thomas embarked on a new career.

    Thomas will step down next week as chairman of Lancaster County Council for a new position, that of magistrate judge. Thomas has served on County Council for more than seven years. He previously served as vice chairman and is the current chairman of council.

    He will soon fill the magistrate position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    Thomas was nominated by both S.C. Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27.

  • Indian Land teen wins spot at prestigious guitar camp

    INDIAN LAND - For years, Tyler Mitchell has honed his guitar skills, modeling his style after several musical greats. Now he’ll have the chance to play guitar with some of them at a musical workshop this summer.

    Mitchell, 16, was one of only a few performers asked to audition for a chance to win a scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering, a folk music event, after performing at the annual Charlotte Folk Society Young Talent Showcase at the Great Aunt Stella Center in downtown Charlotte in April.

  • Track action hot on Saturday night

    Another Saturday night at Lancaster Speedway came and went, but this time, the air temperature was the hottest it had been all season. In as much as it has gotten “summerish,” the racing responded to the temps – hot, hot.

    Lancaster Speedway continues to produce exciting weekly dirt track racing on the smoothest and raciest surface ever. Kudos to the “Mud Masters” for giving the drivers a great place to race.

  • Juniors rally to jolt Union

    The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion junior baseball team rebounded in fine fashion, taking an 11-6 comeback win over host Union Post 22 on Tuesday night.

    The five-run win saw the Lancaster junior team hold an early 4-0 lead, but Union charged back to take a 6-4 advantage.

    Lancaster answered back to slice the deficit to one, 6-5, but was down to its final three outs in the top of the seventh when it ignited for six runs for the comeback win.

  • Crawford faces Bolt in Thursday race

    Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford will race against three-time Beijing Olympic medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in the 100-meter race at the Festival of Excellence exhibition in Toronto on Thursday.

    The race will be the first meet in which the two runners have faced off since the Beijing Olympics last summer.

    Crawford won the silver medal in the 200-meter event in Beijing, behind Bolt, who won the race in a world record of 19.30 seconds.