Today's News

  • Moonwalker speaks at A.R. Rucker Middle

    In April 1966, 30-year U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot Charlie Duke was in the right place at the right time when NASA was selecting 19 new astronauts.

    A little more than six years later – on April 21, 1972 – Duke became the 10th and youngest man to step foot on the moon as a crew member for Apollo 16. Gravity never held him down. Just like the Mercury astronauts, Duke had the “right stuff.”  

  • Foundation collecting formal dresses in memory of teen who died in wreck

    The Elyse Rebecca Hardin Foundation has been established in her memory by her family and friends.

    The foundation will fund various youth activities and educational needs in the community.

    A Lancaster High School sophomore, Hardin died in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She was 15.

    As a tribute to Hardin, the foundation is organizing Dress for Elyse.

    Many formal dresses are only worn once and never used again.

  • 'I Am Lancaster' promotion wants your quotes

    If you’re proud to be from Lancaster and have positive things to say about the county, you’re asked to take part in the “I Am Lancaster” campaign.

    See Lancaster SC, the group that promotes tourism in the county, recently started the effort that asks residents to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live. But the group hasn’t received the response it was hoping for.

  • Relatives of cold case victims need, deserve some closure

    The way they died is brutal.

    But what is even more brutal is the pain and often daily suffering by the families who are left without closure in the deaths of their loved ones.

    The Lancaster News has chronicled 14 mysterious deaths and disappearances of residents since 1977 over the last month. We also focused on one fugitive from justice, wanted for felony driving under the influence in the death of 20-year-old Lancaster man. His family has been longing for justice for five years.

  • 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.