Today's News

  • Team play key to Bruins' season

    It’s been over a week, but some vivid images still linger of Lancaster High’s 75-61 Class AAAA second-round basketball playoff loss to Hillcrest High in Simpsonville.

    Bruins’ senior point guard Avery Harris penetrating through swarming Rams’ defenders when the game was no longer in doubt late in the final period reflected the team’s unwillingness to toss in the white towel. Coach Ricardo Priester urging his team and ardent Bruin fans cheering. Those images were for all to see in the Rams’ gym.

    Then, there were others only a few saw.

  • Scouts add Charlie Duke to its local Hall of Fame

    Last fall, volunteers launched a local scouting Hall of Fame to recognize those whose footprints have made a difference to the lives of others by a lifetime devoted to community service.

    One set of those footprints with Lancaster ties was into the lunar surface in  the Descartes Highlands on April 21, 1972.

  • McGuirt seeks to defend title

    Jimmie Johnson winning four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles is a fact any race fan knows.

    At the Lancaster Motor Speedway, the track has its own king. The king of the Super Stock 4 Division for five straight years is Jeffrey McGuirt, the “Red Rocket.”

    LMS drivers have stepped up left and right to try and end the streak of “Red Rocket,” but McGuirt has met the challenge.

  • Veterans key Buford hopes this spring

    A buzz of optimism is as prevalent in the Buford High School baseball program as the Jackets’ maroon and gold uniforms.

    Second-year head baseball coach Eric Funderburk, who guided BHS to a 13-12 record, district crown and an Upper State championship series bid last spring, said he expects the Jackets to make another strong run this season.

    “We have our share of experience,” Funderburk said. “We have seven returnees, including six starters back, so we feel pretty good about our situation.”

  • McMurray to lead North

    Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray has added another accolade to his coaching career resume.

    McMurray, 60, has been selected to serve as the North head coach in the 63rd annual North-South All-Star football game.

    The 2010 game will be played Dec. 11 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

    The North, which owns a 35-25-2 edge in the overall series, captured a 21-17 win over the South team last December when the North held off a last-ditch South drive.

  • Public deserves access to EMS performance info

    If you want to find out how long it takes for a publicly funded Emergency Medical Services crew to respond to a call in South Carolina, forget it. It’s secret.

    An obscure state law, passed some years ago at the request of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), casts a blanket of secrecy over all EMS information.

    State Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, is working hard to fix the problem and amend the current law, but now another secrecy issue has come up.

  • Hammond defends Sen. Mick Mulvaney

    I read Stanley Smith’s column last week attacking S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney. As I was on Lancaster County Council at the same time as Smith, I thought I may be in a good position to point out the many, many things he was wrong about.

    First, let me point out that I am a friend of Mick Mulvaney. I have known him for several years and spent time with him and his family. I have seen him at work in this community. I worked to help get him elected to the state Legislature and am working to help get him elected to the U.S. Congress.

  • Police reports - March 5, 2010

    Man faces life in prison on gun charge

    A Lancaster man is facing life in prison for gun possession, according to the U.S. Attorney Office.

    Devarus L. Gaither, 24, has been charged in a federal indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

  • Excellent customer service still to be found

    I am writing to express my delight at an experience I had at a Lancaster restaurant recently.

    My family and I were returning from an exhausting trip to Louisiana, and, having flown into Lancaster County Airport, were eager to go and get something to eat. We arrived at one of our favorite restaurants, Bo-Thai on S.C. 9, only to discover that we had missed their lunch hours by a few minutes.

    While we were standing at the door, the gentleman inside, who I presume was one of the owners, opened the door and invited us in.

  • County seks to untangle Edenmoor quagmire

    Lancaster County Council is moving in the right direction to get the county untangled, to some degree, from the Edenmoor development in Indian Land.

    Last week, council decided to proceed with the condemnation process, a legal step necessary for the county to get its due – an Emergency Medical Services station and a 68-acre park.

    Both the EMS station and the park were supposed to be given to the county as part of the development agreement for Edenmoor, which is situated on 800 acres off U.S. 521 between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 75.