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Today's News

  • Blankenship to guide Lancers' softball team

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster athletic program’s newest sport is softball and a familiar face will lead the Lancers’ team.

    Alan Blankenship, who has coaching experience in high school and advanced girls youth softball, will guide the Lancers’ softball program as its first head coach.

    Blankenship, 59 and a Lancaster native, worked eight years with the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ softball program, including two seasons as the LHS head coach.

  • District screening applications for AJ post

    Lancaster County School District officials are in the process of screening applications for the job of head football coach at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said applications will be taken until the job is filled this spring.

    “We want to get the best possible person for the job,” Moore said.

  • Vols hammer Warriors

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer baseball team returned to the diamond to drill county rival Indian Land 21-8 in five innings on Monday night at IL.

    AJ, up 8-6, ignited for 13 runs in the third inning on the way to the 13-run win. The Vols’ victory gave AJ a season’s sweep of the Warriors.

    Chandler “Cha Cha” Gardner, who hurled two innings, was the winner, allowing six runs – three earned, five hits and five walks. He fanned three.

    Tanner Gardner, in three innings, yielded two runs, two hits, three walks and hit a batter. He fanned four.

  • Lancers split four games with Titans

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers moved into fourth place in regular-season Region X baseball play with a split of four games with Guilford Tech (N.C.) over the weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The 20-18 Lancers, who are 13-14 in Region X play, opened the four-game series – two doubleheaders – with a sweep of the Titans, 3-2 in the first game and 7-6 in the nightcap.

    In the first game, Jarrett Miller worked six innings and struck out 11 to notch the win over Guilford Tech. Miller allowed three hits and a walk.

  • City Council upholds officer's firing

    Pat Parsons will not get his job back.

    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Parsons, who had worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 11 years.

    Parsons, 50, a sergeant, had been fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    The two said, in their February complaints, that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Home is where the swatter is

     In the epic novels penned by the the late Zane Grey, a 44-caliber Colt revolver with its 8-inch-long barrel was often referred to as “The Equalizer.”

  • Taking a stand against alcohol

    It hurts Karl Kakadelis to speak in front of crowds, but he knows it’s something he has to do.

    On Wednesday evening, he spoke with his head down, taking long pauses in between sentences. He would glance toward the audience and then begin to talk about his big mistake – a mistake he regrets every day of his life. His story is quite appropriate, as he was the guest speaker at a special town hall meeting on underage drinking, held Wednesday at the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Buford rezoning measure passes second hurtle

    Despite a complaint from a concerned resident, County Council voted unanimously Monday to approve second reading of a rezoning request for an old Buford night club.

    Council reviewed a rezoning request from Collins Realty for a 2.41-acre tract of property at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road. The realty company has asked that the property, formerly the B&W night club, be rezoned to allow a cabinet shop to operate in the 5,600-square-foot building, which is now vacant.

  • Candidates can begin campaigns

    Filing ended Tuesday at noon for candidates wishing to run for several political offices this year.

    Republican or Democratic candidates looking to run for County Council Districts 2, 4, and 6, probate judge or state House seats for District 44 and District 45 were required to file with their parties by noon on March 30.

  • Staffers win 7 awards in SCPA contest

    The Lancaster News staffers won seven awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting held this weekend in Columbia. The Alabama Press Association were the judges for this year’s entries.

    Christopher M. Lucas, news coordinator, won first place in page design, with “Ghouls and Goblins.” The judges wrote, “Page is a lot of fun and the listings are broken up in a way that is easy to read. I like  how the illustration interacts with the text box. My eye goes straight to the center of the page. Color scheme fits the Halloween theme.”