Today's News

  • Bruins hope to improve

    Brett Blackmon enters his second season with the Lancaster Bruins, hoping for a brighter spring this time around.

    LHS, 7-15 last season, is hoping to find the right chemistry between returning veterans and talented newcomers.

    Blackmon, who came to LHS from Great Falls High School where he built the Red Devils into a Class A diamond power, said pitching is the key for the Bruins’ hopes this spring.

  • Lil Vols capture Top Gun AAU softball title

    The Lil Vols, a 10-under girls fastpitch softball travel team from Lancaster County, has won the Top Gun AAU points championship.

    The girls practice and play tournaments year round and deserve recognition for all their hard work.

    Coach Richie Ballard started the Lil Vols team three years ago and it has grown beyond the highest expectations.

  • Buford edges Silver Foxes

    Buford capped play in the Alehouse Invitational, formerly known as the Lake Murray Classic, taking a 3-2 win over Class AAAA foe Dutch Fork on Saturday.

    Dillon Hydrick, who worked 6.2 innings, was the winner, allowing two earned runs, six hits and a pair of walks. He fanned one.

    Logan Segee, in 1.1 innings of work, earned the save. He struck out one and walked one.

    Cody Gordon led Buford with three hits and drove in two runs. Brett Estridge added two hits.

    Jacob Jamison had a hit and a stolen base. Ricky Lewis and Colt Ellis each had a hit.

  • Police reports - March 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges March 9 after an officer saw what he believed was a drug transaction in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street.

    Taveras Breshun Patterson, 26, 1514 Lynwood Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and second-offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, the officer followed the car involved in the suspected transaction to 15th Street, where the car turned into a driveway.

  • Blame tomato squeeze on Florida freeze

    You don’t have to tell Kelly Gibson the winter of 2009-10 is tied for the fourth coldest in South Carolina history.

    And it’s not just here. It’s been just cold and wet across most of the southeast, including Florida.

    Gibson knows it whenever one word – tomato – gets mentioned.

    Those three syllables can make the owner of the South 200 Drive-In Restaurant grimace, stare at the floor and shake her head.

  • Apollo 16 astronaut, 3 others inducted into county's Boy Scout Hall of Fame

    For Charlie Duke, the path that took him to the moon in April 1972 on Apollo 16 started in the late 1940s when an aeronautics merit badge was added to his merit badge sash.

    Before Duke was an explorer/astronaut and one of only 12 men to walk on the moon, he was a test pilot, fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force officer.

    Before that, he was an Eagle Scout.

  • County Classic softball tourney continues play

    The second day of pool play in the first Lancaster County Classic Softball tournament opens today with varsity and junior varsity games at the Springdale Recreation Complex.

    Three varsity games will be held at Springdale I. The 5 p.m. game has Buford meeting Northwestern, with Lancaster meeting Central of Pageland at 6:15. Andrew Jackson faces Lancaster at Springdale I at 7:30.

    Junior varsity games at Springdale II include Northwestern vs. Lancaster at 5 p.m., followed by the AJ vs. Buford junior varsity game at 6:15 and AJ vs. Lancaster jayvee game at 7:30 p.m.

  • Red Devils sticking to what works

    GREAT FALLS There won’t be a Friday night trip and hotel stay for Great Falls ahead of Saturday’s game against Hemingway in Columbia. The Red Devils will practice in their own gym and sleep in their own beds.

    “We’re going to stay with what works,” said GFHS coach John Smith, a Lancaster native.

    If what has worked all season continues to work on Saturday, Smith will bring home his seventh state title in his 41-year stay in Great Falls.

  • S.C. lottery 'bigger curse' than poker machines

    A recent front page article said teachers are going to have take one day off with no pay. It is wrong to furlough school teachers for even one day. School teachers have committed their working careers to teaching in public schools. Many of them could have gone into better-paying jobs, but they have chosen to teach the young people in our schools.

  • Consider the value of Thread Trail here

    The Carolina Thread Trail is in its visionary stage now. How it will develop – even if it will develop – isn’t entirely clear now.

    But the vision calls for a trail that connects locations in 15 counties in both Carolinas that are popular with tourists, hikers and nature lovers.

    Andrew Jackson State Park and Forty Acre Rock preserve, both in Lancaster County, and Landsford Canal State Park, which is situated in both Chester and Lancaster counties, could be destinations included in the Thread Trail.