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Today's News

  • Johnesha Graham isn’t going to let a tuition increase get in the way of her degree.

    Graham, 28, is just one of many students who will be paying higher tuition payments at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster this fall. The university recently announced a 6.5 percent increase in its tuition costs for the upcoming school year. Fees, including technology, science lab, matriculation and parking fees, have also increased.

  • Sisters’ double funeral is today

    Sisters Gail Patterson and Peggy Small lived together on Flat Creek Road.

    They apparently died together sometime last week, and today they will be buried together.

    Patterson, 51, and Small, 54, were found dead inside their home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what caused their deaths.

    The women’s funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church.

    Carol Brasington, the women’s middle sister, described Small and Patterson as kind-hearted and generous women.

  • Tucker ace highlight in Blackwell tournament

    A hot day, a hot team, and a hot shot were all a part of the ninth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation golf tournament on Saturday at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    A clear and warm summer’s day greeted 100 golfers as they competed in the captain’s choice event.

    The team of Danny Reynolds, Brian Turner, Tony Cauthen and Dennis Glover topped the 25-team field, carding a low net score of 47.6 and earning the overall tournament title and top prize money. Second-place low net went to James Haire, Richard Harris, Bruce Barrett and Ed Meyer.

  • Dixie Youth AA, AAA all-stars earn berths

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA and AA all-star teams advanced in postseason tournament play this week.

    The AA stars earned a state tournament berth with a sweep of the best-of-three district tournament in Chester.

    The AAA stars are moving on to the district tournament after winning the Dixie Youth sub-district Region III baseball tournament in Clover with three straight solid wins.

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA stars earned a state title bid with the district championship at Chester on Tuesday night.

  • Woman, 23, dies in single-vehicle wreck

    A woman family members describe as one of a kind was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

    Meagan Blackmon, of 4582 Mount Carmel Road, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital after the 5:50 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Assistant Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of blunt force trauma.

    “She was one of a kind, silly, bubbly,” said Blackmon’s cousin, Q’yaka Lathan.

    “Meagan was just a comic, a prankster. She would make you laugh.”

  • Patrol makes 347 cases in counties over holiday

    Local law enforcement agencies worked together over the July 4 weekend making sure that residents drove and boated safely.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol made 347 cases over a four-day period for the Independence Day holiday in Lancaster and Chesterfield counties, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.

    Most of those cases – 184 – were seat-belt violations. The Highway Patrol also made 11 driving under the influence arrests, investigated 18 crashes and issued 229 warnings, Elder said.

    There were no fatal car crashes in the two-county area.

  • Council mulls options for jail

    County Council is still trying to decide what to do with the historic jail in Lancaster – a building a structural engineer has told the county could collapse at almost any time if measures aren’t taken to repair its damaged roof.

    The estimated cost to repair the historic jail, which was designed by famed Charleston-born architect Robert Mills and built in 1923, is $205,766. Council learned of the problems with the building about a month ago.

    Council members suggested several possibilities for what to do with the building at its meeting Tuesday.

  • Fundraiser to boost Operation Blue and Gold

    Last December, student athletes from Lancaster High School gathered for a first of its kind event in Lancaster County.

    With help from the Bruins Booster Club and community volunteers, 63 student athletes served Christmas dinner and gave gifts to area families in need in the LHS cafeteria.

    The students also provided gifts and opportunities for pictures with Santa for the families, and children from The Children’s Home. The event was called Operation Blue and Gold, in reference to the school’s initiative of giving back to the community.

  • LMS set for blazing dirt action, fireworks

    Lancaster Motor Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night  with eight exciting divisions of racing and fireworks.

    Here’s a breakdown on the upcoming dirt duels.

    Limited Late Models

    Chad Paxton has been dominating the Limited Late Model Division at Lancaster Speedway, but a track veteran is returning Saturday night to try and end Paxton’s streak.

  • Neff's plan works to diamond perfection

    Three years ago when Steven Neff, the former Lancaster High and Lancaster Post 31 Legion baseball star, was pondering his baseball future, he had two thoughts in mind.

    Neff was a 26h round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates out of LHS. The southpaw ace, the 2007 S.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, had hoped for a higher draft selection. He figured the chance to play in an established college baseball program, like South Carolina, might enhance his future draft status.

    Then, there was another chain of thought, one on his mind as a youngster.