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Today's News

  • Blue stars top Red, gain state bid

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys Blue all-star team used its rallying tactics to nail down a bid to the Dixie Boys state baseball tournament with a 10-9 comeback win over the Lancaster Dixie Boys Red all-stars on Wednesday night at Minuteman Field.

  • Rock Hill man dies after S.C. 5 crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    An 18-year-old Rock Hill man died early Wednesday morning only hours after his car collided with a logging truck along S.C. 5.
    Kenneth Steele Jr. died from injuries he received during the crash on the two-lane road Tuesday afternoon, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    See Friday's edition of The Lancaster News for more information about the crash.

  • State issues burning ban for Lancaster County

    The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for 14 Palmetto State counties, including Lancaster.
    State forester Gene Kodama issued the ban Tuesday, which prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas.
    The counties included in the burning ban are Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg.

  • Don’t let heat ruin summer for you

    We really don’t need the temperature, heat index and ozone forecast to tell us it’s hot. All we have to do is step outside and get slapped with heat and humidity.
    Weather forecasters could just hit rewind each morning for the next couple of months. But that is to be expected because it is summer – the time of the year that allows us to do so much of what we love to do outdoors – play ball, swim, camp, cook out and much, much more.

  • 12 S.C. school districts spend $87,000 on trip

    School districts across South Carolina spent more than $87,000 last April to send board members to a three-day conference in San Francisco.
    Board members from at least 12 different districts used public money to attend the three-day long National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference in California.
    Several brought spouses with them. Expenses included airline tickets, lodging, conference registration, meals, ground transportation and, in some cases, unitemized daily per-diem checks for the three-day event.

  • South Carolina needs CPAs in its government accounting positions

    As a certified public accountant (CPA) for a major international public accounting firm in the 1980s, I wrote a proposal to audit the state’s books for the first time ever.
    The proposal was accepted, and I assembled a team of CPAs to accomplish this colossal task.
    Needless to say, this experience gave me unique insights into state finances.
    One of those insights is that there are far too few professional accountants working in the accounting departments of government agencies.

  • Council evaluates property listings

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    As the county’s new courthouse becomes the latest addition to the county’s long list of properties, Lancaster County Council recently asked what else is on that list.
    Several months ago, council asked county staff to create a thorough county property listing, with details on each building and parcel of land the county owns. Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented a first draft of that listing at council’s June 27 meeting.

  • Mobley named to USC board

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The S.C. Legislature has elected Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, owner of Mobley Drugs in Lancaster and a 1978 graduate of USC’s School of Pharmacy, will fill the 6th Judicial Circuit seat vacated by S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16, following his election in April.

  • Scholarship named after former professor

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Those who know Wade Chittam well are making sure that his contributions to the University of South Carolina Lancaster will never be forgotten.
    The retired science professor now has a scholarship named in his honor.
    The Wade Chittam Science Scholarship, which was endowed last month, will be awarded each semester to an established USCL student majoring in one of the sciences.
    The student has to have a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

  • Woman reports items stolen while family slept

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police are still investigating a report from a woman who said someone broke into her home while she was sleeping last month.
    Lancaster police officers responded to the 2500 block of Pardue Street on June 26 only minutes after a 29-year-old Lancaster woman reported someone stole items from her home while she and her children slept, according to a police department incident report.
    Officers arrived at the home a little after 3 a.m. and spoke with the woman, who said she went to sleep about 11 p.m.