Today's News

  • Speedway hosting annual awards night Saturday

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will hosts its annual awards night on Saturday at the half-mile oval.

    Lancaster Speedway officials will honor the top five drivers from every division, plus some special awards.

    Barbecue plates, at $6.00 each, will be sold from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment will include music and the popular cornhole game.

    The infield gates open at 4 p.m., with free admission. LMS officials urge fans to bring youngsters, who can get their favorite drivers autograph.

  • Spratt has turned ads over to Washington experts

    Someone asked me several months ago would John Spratt get ugly in the Congressional campaign. I assured him that the John Spratt I knew was too much a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns.

    After seeing his ad, aired in the Charlotte media market, attacking Mick Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor Development, I need to apologize to that man and correct the misinformation I’d left.

    The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare.

  • Writer finds Schmidt's letter to editor offensive

    I found Rudy Schmidt’s Sept. 12 letter to the editor, “Know difference between right and wrong,” offensive and full of redneck rhetoric. He starts off by saying that’s it not about right or wrong, left or right, Democrat or Republican, then proceeds to denounce anyone who doesn’t buy into the bull being shoveled by the Republicans.

    He is basically calling me a godless heathen because I’m not from Planet Rudy. Let’s take a look at the statements he made about some people in America believing in the following:

  • Lady Jackets host tourney Saturday

    The Buford High School volleyball team will host the Best in the Nest volleyball tournament on Saturday.

    The 10-team field features five teams in each pool. Pool A features South Pointe of Rock Hill, McBee, Ninety Six, Hartsville and host Buford.

    Pool B features York, Central High of Pageland, Piedmont, North Central and Lancaster. Play opens at 8:30 a.m., with the championship match at 6 p.m. The consolation match will also be at 6.

  • We have been your newspaper for 158 years

    You may be reading this editorial as a printed product held in your hand, sprawled across the kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee or while scrolling down your computer screen or smart phone.

    Today you have numerous methods of getting the news. And the dissemination of news has changed dramatically since the early years of smoke signals.

    National Newspaper Week begins today and it’s a good time to take a look at what your community newspaper means to you.

  • Democrats convene at fish bash

    FORT LAWN – U.S. Rep John Spratt says he still has a lot to offer, but told local Democrats that he’ll need their support more than ever to continue serving in Washington.

    Spratt, who’s facing Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney for the District 5 congressional seat, spoke Monday evening at the Lancaster County Democratic Party’s biennial fish bash, held at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    He was among several Democratic candidates who attended the rally.

  • Belk's versatile lineman

    Lancaster High School’s 2010  homecoming week has a little different meaning for Bruins’ senior offensive lineman Dustin Belk.

    Belk, the six-foot, 265-pounder, is back to his trench roots this week as the LHS offensive line has been revamped in order to give the Bruins’ attack some needed punch in the running game.

    Belk, a four-year member of the LHS varsity and a three-year starter, launched his career at guard where he returned this week.

  • Firefighting is in their blood

    “It’s in your blood.”

    That’s something writers from The Lancaster News who worked on the Always on Call series, a series that focused on the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County, heard over and over again from firefighters, most of whom are volunteers and not paid for their service, about why they do what they do.

    The desire to serve their communities, the drive to learn firefighting techniques, the satisfaction they derive from saving property and helping people – it’s in their blood.

  • Haley, Sheheen seek votes in race for governor

    Reforming state government, increasing education funding and growing the job sector are issues in South Carolina’s 2010 gubernatorial race.

    Republican Nikki Haley of Lexington and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden are the two major candidates in the race.

    Both candidates serve in the Statehouse. Haley represents the 87th House district. Sheheen represents the 27th Senate district. The winner of the race will succeed Republcan Mark Sanford, who is finishing his second term.

    Haley: ‘Dedicated to creating competitive business environment’

  • Firefighter training courses coming to Lancaster High

    Lancaster County fire officials are partnering with the local school district in an effort to get more teenagers involved in the fire service.

    The School Career Firefighter Training Program is slated to begin at the start of the next school year. Upon completion of the two-year program, a student participant will have all of the required certifications of a paid firefighter.

    Morris Russell, the county’s fire service director, hopes the program will lead to increased membership at the local fire departments.