Today's News

  • Column: What Brexit upheaval means to us in S.C.

    Brexit was the vote last week by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. While this one sentence is true, it’s a little like saying “the South lost the Civil War” – true, but there is a whole lot more to the story.

  • Piranhas girls place second in title meet

    The Lancaster Piranhas capped their Metrolina summer swim league schedule competing in the season-ending meet, which involved all six teams June 26.

    The Lancaster girls posted 254 points to place second overall, while the Piranhas boys were fourth with 90.5 points.

    The Piranhas, 2-2 for the regular season, had a combined total of 344.5 to place third overall.

  • Thompson works with Bruins

    The Lancaster High School football team’s summer workout Thursday at the Rice Athletic Complex had a new, but familiar face.

    Former University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson spent a part of the morning workout working with LHS senior quarterback Jamias “Truck” Shropshire and the Bruins’ receivers.

    Thompson, now with the Los Angeles Rams, was in Lancaster on a visit to his wife’s hometown. Thompson married the former Melanie Helm in June 2015.

  • Coastal grads riding wave of diamond success

    As the Coastal Chanticleers soared to the top of college baseball, CCU alum Rocky Hudson said he jumped for joy.

    “It might not have been real high, but it’s the highest I’ve jumped in a while,” said Hudson, a 1986 Coastal graduate. “I think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to Coastal.”

    Hudson and other Lancaster area CCU graduates are savoring the Conway school’s first-ever national crown.

  • P-31 splits with York to cap regular-season home play

    Lancaster Post 31 capped its regular-season home baseball schedule with a split with York Post 66 on Thursday night.

    Lancaster, which dropped an 11-0 loss in opener, rebounded to take a 9-7 comeback win over P-66 at Eggleton Field.

    “We really needed that win in game two and we bounced back to get it against a scrappy York team,” said Lancaster P-31 coach Paul Caskey. “We were coming off a loss in game one, but I felt we refocused and earned a tough win.

  • IL swimmer Julia Menkhaus shines at U.S. Olympic trials

    Julia Menkhaus of Indian Land swam her fastest races ever this week at the U.S. Olympic trials, calling it the “best meet of my life.”

    Menkhaus, 16, finished 56th among 134 competitors in the 100-meter butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:00.83, and 53rd among 155 in the 100-meter backstroke at a personal best 1:02.67.

  • Off-duty deputy lauded for pulling man from burning car

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Black has been awarded the S.C. Sheriff’s Association Lifesaving Award for pulling an entrapped man from a burning car after a May 22 wreck on S.C. 5 just over the county line in York County.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile made the award presentation at Monday night’s county council meeting. 

  • Sunday alcohol petition is ready

    A Lancaster County group pushing a ballot initiative to allow Sunday retail alcohol sales says it has gathered enough petition signatures to get the question on the November general election ballot.

    Chet Miller, who helped organize the effort for Citizens and Businesses for Lancaster County, said Friday that the group will present the petition to the county elections office Wednesday for certification.

  • Schools pass $97M budget for 2016-17

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved its 2016-17 budget Tuesday night, including 2 percent raises for teachers, whose pay has not increased since 2013.

    The general fund budget reflects projected total expenditures of $97,297,229, up $6.8 million from the year before. The budget exceeds projected total revenues of $93,611,090. The shortfall will be balanced with equity, or funds from the district's savings. 

  • Fires destroy homes in Indian Land, Elgin

    Fires destroyed two homes in two days this week, one a suspicious fire in Indian Land, the other a fire at a small home in the Elgin community with nobody home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the fire in Indian Land occurred Tuesday about 7:44 a.m. at a double-wide mobile home at 10829 Rise Lane.