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Today's News

  • Flags at half-staff today

    Flags will be at half-staff on Monday, June 18, from sunrise to sunset by order of the governor per SC Code of Law Section 1-3-470 as a mark of respect for the memory of the Charleston Nine Firefighter of the Charleston Fire Department who died in the line of duty on June 18, 2007.

  • Seniors edge Chester, 5-3

    Ernie Rowell
    For The Lancaster News
    The Lancaster Post 31 senior team capped a 3-0 week, but it was with a tough win.
    P-31, in Legion baseball League V play, edged Chester, 5-3 to push its mark to 6-0 on the season.
    “It was a battle, but we pulled through,” Lancaster senior team coach Quinton Rodgers said.
    Chester, with two first-inning runs, held a 2-0 lead early.
    Lancaster came back to take a 3-2 lead after four innings, but Chester tied the game at 3-all in the top of the seventh.

  • County’s jobless rate climbs to 11.9 percent

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    More people in Lancaster County are looking for work, according to recent data released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).
    The county’s jobless rate for May was 11.9 percent, up 0.3 from April. In May 2011, the county posted a 13.8 percent unemployment rate.
    South Carolina’s May 2012 unemployment figures showed the same 0.3 increase (8.8 percent to 9.1 percent). The 8.8 percent rate in April was the lowest in more than three years for the Palmetto State.

  • A ‘second father,’ first-class man


    There are men in your life you regard as “second fathers.”
    They don’t replace your father, but are special people with father-like attributes.
    One I hold dear from my youth, is the late James P. “Dick” Richards, better known as Congressman Richards to many.
    I came to know him through his grandson, Jim Richards, a childhood friend from our days growing up on Sherwood Circle.
    He was quite a man, but I only knew the half of it.

  • Remember Dad on his special day

    Dads, credit Sonora Smart Dodd for that tie you always wanted, hand-drawn, crayon-colored greeting card and all the attention lavished on you today. Why? Because Dodd was an equal opportunist daughter.
    While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in Spokane, Wash., Dodd got to thinking that fathers deserved special recognition, too.

  • Daddy smarter than I gave him credit for being

    One summer evening, right after we finished supper, we were sitting around the kitchen table, sorta unwinding, so to speak.
    That’s when Mama uttered her current wish and this one wouldn’t wait until Christmas.
    Her heart wasn’t longing for a new dress or set of fine china. I could tell by the look on Daddy’s face he knew that Mama meant business.
    “I need a work table under the big mulberry tree between the back porch and the garden gate,” she said.

  • Makos post swim win over Kershaw

    Staff Reports
     The Lancaster Makos evened their recreation swim season record at 1-1 with a 321-216 win over Kershaw at the Kershaw Aquatics Center on Thursday.
    The Makos were led by Michaela Burton, Will Burton, Anna Funderburk, Noah Phillips and Gracie Scott who posted three wins each.
    Riley Burton, Emily Durant, Jennifer Hinton, Tamra Tipton, Grayson Young and Jayden Young each had two wins. Makena Barker, Hailey Burton, Landon Digh, Coulter Jackson and Zack Mothershed each posted a win.

  • Dixie Baseball sets all-star teams

    Staff Reports
    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has set its all-star baseball teams for the 2012 postseason tournaments.
    The AA all-stars, ages 7-8, are the Yankees’ Landon Williams, Austin Kennington, Bryce Helms, Owen Phillips and Tanner McLemore; Angels’ Tyler Trimnal, Ashton Phillips, Austin Faile; Cubs’ J.P. Cunningham, Kevin Wooden, Adam Wright; Braves’ Landon Deese, Jarrett Laney, Brady Jackson.
    The AA stars open district play in Chester on June 25.

  • CPTC qualifies 24 for national meet

    The Columbus Parker Track Club qualified 24 athletes at the district qualifying meet to compete at the national qualifying meet in Douglasville, Ga.
    The club received 60 awards with 35 being medals, 13 gold. The CPTC also received 17 silver, eight bronze, 10 fourth places, 6 fifth places, 3 sixth places and 3 seventh places.
    Meet results:
    9-10 girls
    Shot put – 1. Armoni Evans
    Long jump – 6. Armoni Evans
    9-10 boys
    Shot put – 4. Terrell McGriff
    Race walk – 1. Darius Brice, 2. Terrell McGriff

  • No new taxes expected in next budget

    It’s music to every homeowner’s ears- no new taxes.
    Even more melodious is the idea of less taxes, which the average Lancaster County resident may see in the county’s fiscal year 2012-13 budget.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved second reading of its budget Monday, June 11, which adds funding for several new projects and positions while still decreasing the amount of taxes residents would have to pay.
    Council must still vote one more time before the budget is accepted.