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Today's News

  • New church delivers old-fashioned message

    INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

    It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

    “We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.

  • Jobless rate down in June

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

    Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.

  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.

  • White signs with Montreat College

    Wednesday, July 7 was a banner day for Lancaster High School soccer standout Carlos White and his family.

    That morning in the LHS conference room, White’s red-letter day was highlighted with his signing with Montreat College in Montreat, N.C.

    White’s joining the MC soccer program is a family highlight, the first to go to college.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of Carlos because of all the work he’s done,” LHS soccer coach Bo Sylvia said. “This is a big day. I’m proud of him, very proud.

  • Plenty of racing slated for Saturday

    With the championship still up for grabs, the stars of the National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) Crate Late Model Series have their sights on the half-mile oval at the Lancaster Motor Speedway on July 17. It promises to be one of the fastest and most intense touring races of the season.

    NDRA at LMS

    Lancaster, which hosted the 2009 NDRA Championship finale, is ready to host another epic NDRA battle as each of the top five drivers still have a mathematical chance of claiming the 2010 Heintz Performance Road Show Championship.

  • P31 hosts state games

    Lancaster Post 31 Juniors, the No. 1 seed in one bracket and No. 2 overall seed, will play the winner of Camden and Marlboro County at 8 p.m. today at Eggleton Field.

    West Florence, the No. 1 seed in the other bracket, is the No. 1 overall seed. Post 31, the League 5 champion, qualified for state tournament play by winning three games last week, as they beat Rock Hill, 11-9, on Monday, Gaffney, 20-9, on Wednesday and York, 15-2, on Saturday.

    Post 31 Junior manager Sam Sinclair says the team’s success is based on their skills at the plate and on the mound.

  • Track club wins 43 medals

    The Columbus Parker Track Club competed with about 2,600 athletics at the National Qualifier meet   at Lucy C. Laney Stadium in Augusta, Ga., June 24-27. The club members earned 43 medals. The athletics qualified as the district qualifier meet held June 5-6 in Spartanburg.  In Augusta, the club received two gold, five silver, four bronze and 32 copper medals.

    The following are first- through sixth-place results:

    1500 Race Walk

    9-10 girls – 3. Infinity McWhirter (9), 3. Journei Spratt, 5. Kiara Catoe

    9-10 boys – 2. Tyrek Salley

  • Exciting night at Lancaster Speedway

    There was plenty of racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    Following is a breakdown of the Speedway action.

    NDRA Crate Models

    Timbo Mangum and Brandy Baker had fans on their feet during the NDRA Crate Late Model Heat Race on Saturday. Baker has gotten the best of Mangum this year at Lancaster Speedway.  When the green flag dropped, Marty Deas and Shaun Medlin made contact entering turns 1 and 2, sending Medlin flipping in the middle of turns 1 and 2.

  • Should Sunday sales of alcohol be OK’d?

    INDIAN LAND – It happened one Sunday while Elissa Boyet was looking for something to eat.

    The Belair resident was on the hunt for a restaurant in Indian Land, but with so many Lancaster County establishments closed on Sunday, she finally gave up.

    After a little research, Boyet found that since the county prohibits the sale or serving of alcohol on Sundays, many business owners take the day off.

  • Several expensive mowers stolen

    Police have recovered several stolen pieces of expensive lawn care equipment, but are still looking for a person of interest in the thefts.

    On July 2, two zero-turn lawnmowers, each valued at $9,000, were reported stolen from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation building on 15th Street. The street is in the Lancaster Police Department’s jurisdiction. A pickup truck was also stolen at the time.