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Today's News

  • New campaign puts First Amendment first

    WASHINGTON – A new nationwide campaign, 1 for All, to build understanding and public support for the First Amendment, was launched July 1.

    The nonpartisan campaign is a collaborative effort of educators, artists, journalists, lawyers, librarians and others who believe the public will benefit from a greater understanding of the First Amendment. 1 for All encourages news media and other organizations to explain the First Amendment and encourage Americans to celebrate and use the freedoms it guarantees: speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

  • Belles, Ponytails advance

    The Lancaster Dixie Softball Belles and Ponytails all-stars earned state tournament bids on Monday night during District II tournament play at Springdale Park.

    The Belles stars, ages 13-15, rolled in three straight games capped by a 15-2 win over Chester.

    The Ponytails, ages 11-12, edged Pageland 4-3 to take the district championship.

    The Belles stars earned a trip to the state tournament in Union with their 13-run win over Chester.

  • Etters solid in junior golf play

    Jeremy Etters continued his steady play in the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

    Etters, in the 13-14 age division, posted his second win of the season, shooting a 75 at the Edgewater Golf Club on June 21.

    “A 75 at Edgewater is pretty stout play,” chapter director Raymon Chisom said.

    Etters, with two wins, leads the division with 63 points. He is followed by Sam Caldwell in the overall points with 58 and Matthew Terry has 52 points.

  • Officials probe deaths of two sisters

    Two sisters were found dead inside their Flat Creek Road home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what led to the deaths.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said the women – Peggy Small, 55, and Gail Patterson, 51 – were both sitting on a couch when their bodies were found, about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Their bodies have been sent to Newberry for autopsies. Preliminary results have ruled out foul play, Morris said.

    The remaining tests will help the coroner’s office determine the cause of death of the two women.

  • Dixie stars going strong in tourney play

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars earned a bid to the sub-district tournament championship game, zapping York 23-1 Monday night in Clover.

    The AAA stars, ages 9-10, will shoot for the sub-district crown tonight.

    The stars rolled Monday as they notched a solid 22-run win.

    Dylan Sistare led the offense with four hits, including a three-run home run, and scored four runs. Michael Lewis provided two hits, a walk and scored three runs. Evan Hardin rapped two hits, scored twice and drew a walk.

  • Haile Gold Mine celebrates its five-year safety record

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine employees, county officials and media representatives entered an air-conditioned tent at the mine on June 29, not knowing why they had been called there.

    Diane Garrett, chief executive officer of Romarco Minerals, which owns about 4,000 acres of land at the mine, soon made an announcement to the curious crowd.

    The company was celebrating five years with no reportable injuries, Garrett said. She thanked the employees for helping achieve the safety record.

  • Softball all-star teams start strong in district tourney play

    Lancaster girls all-star softball teams opened play in the district tournament with all but one team winning in opening round games Friday.

    The Lancaster Ponytails all-stars, ages 11-12, took a pair of wins, defeating Chester 18-0 and Pageland, 8-4.

    In the win over Chester, Betty Ingram, Kaitlyn Holden and Allyson Whoy each homered for the winners.

    Pitchers Ariana Ealy and Holden combined on the shutout.

    In the win over Pageland, Haley Vincent posted the victory.

  • 10-year-old entrepreneur

    INDIAN LAND – It only takes Jack Davis about two minutes to make the perfect shaved ice.

    He flips open the top of an ice-shaver machine and tosses in a handful of ice cubes, then he collects the finely shaved ice at the bottom of the machine in a red cup.

    With a gloved hand, he pats the ice into a snowball before choosing from more than 50 bottles of flavored syrup lined up inside the tiny hut his family has named Jack’s Ice House. After coating the shaved ice, he adds a spoon and a straw, and the concoction is ready for another hungry customer.

  • Angels NL stars net bid

    The Lancaster Dixie Softball Angels National League all-stars capped a do-or-die run to capture the District II championship and a state tournament  bid Wednesday night at Springdale Park.

    The Lancaster Angels NL stars, who fell to the Lancaster American League stars in their second tournament game of the double-elimination field, reeled off four straight victories to seal the district title.

    The Lancaster NL stars wrapped up the title with a 6-4 win over the Lancaster AL stars.

    Kinley Killough, who hurled five frames, was the winner with eight strikeouts.

  • Johnson signs to play with Lancers' soccer

    University of South Carolina at Lancaster women’s soccer coach Randy Jordan continues to add area talent to the Lancers’ fold.

    Jordan’s latest addition is Andrew Jackson High School’s Jaime-Leigh Johnson who signed with USCL on Wednesday morning at the school’s soccer office in the Lancers’ athletic department.

    Jordan, the former AJ boys’ soccer coach, is familiar with Johnson, who played three seasons of soccer for the Lady Volunteers.