Today's News

  • AJ Vols take pair from rival BHS

    BUFORD Andrew Jackson tuned for Region IV-AA basketball play, rolling to a pair of solid road wins over county rival Buford on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Volunteers took a 50-39 win and the AJ boys completed the sweep with a 61-35 victory.

    AJ started fast in the nightcap, building a 23-8 edge after one period as Drew Gardner hit nine of his 13 points in the opening period. Gerard Brace, who paced the Vols with 16, netted six in the opening period as did Tremaine Jackson.

  • Practice caution celebrating new year

    It’s time to ring in a new year. In doing so, many will have partying in mind as they wind down 2009 and welcome 2010.

    Many of these parties will include alcohol, a common practice.

    New Year’s Eve, the threshold of “out with the old and in with the new,” often involves drinking alcohol.

    We don’t mean to throw cold water on celebrations, but there should be planning and caution in making a good time just that.

    We want folks to have a good time, make no mistake, but think before you drink, or drink too much.

  • Council honors a trio of stars

    Lancaster County Council recently honored a trio of state champion softball teams.

    The three Lancaster County state softball champion teams were the toast of the council chambers after their splendid summer title runs.

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission Mites soccer all-stars captured a pair of wins at James Island.

    The Lancaster County Mites stars, ages 11-12, defeated Conway 2-0 to open the state tournament and then completed the title task with a 3-2 overtime win over Beaufort.

    The tight win over Beaufort came in an overtime thriller.

  • Vikings pound Bruins on mat

    Lancaster High launched the 2010 portion of its 2009-10 wrestling schedule with a tough night in Pontiac on Tuesday.

    Spring Valley won all but three matches on the way to a easy win over the Bruins, who fell to 1-5 with the region loss.

    “We had a tough night coming back from the break,” LHS coach Jeff Foo said. “We were up against a strong team and they took it to us.”

    Chris Stevenson and Gabe Campo had the lone pins for LHS.

    LHS will compete in the Bearcat tournament at Rock Hill High School tonight and Saturday.

  • So much depends on an accurate Census count

    Have you started making New Year’s resolutions yet? This year make a resolution that you can keep.

    Forget about going on diets; it doesn’t work. I have tried and still weigh way more than I should. This year make a resolution to promptly complete the U.S. Census form when it arrives in your mailbox in March.

    This year that should be an easy resolution. There are no more long forms. In 2010, everyone gets the short, 10-question Census form. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the form and put back in the postage paid envelope.

  • Walmart drivers honor three local children at Hearts event

    It was a scene usually reserved for stars attending a movie premiere.

    A large crowd gathered near the entrance to the Lancaster Walmart store on Thursday, many people holding signs and clutching cameras.

    Only feet from the store's produce section, the crowd burst into applause and cheers as the night's guests of honor entered the doors. But instead of Hollywood celebrities, the guests were local children and their families.

  • Several projects in the works in city for 2010

    A major expansion of the garbage transfer station, continued beautification of South Main Street and a new recycling program are some of the projects the city of Lancaster will focus on in 2010.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell points to a number of key projects that should be completed this year.

  • 2 convenience sites to see reduced operating hours

    In an effort to better manage the county’s convenience sites, Lancaster County Council will have one full-time employee work at two sites.

    Council voted 6-1 Monday to test a plan to split a full-time employee’s time between the Fort and McGill convenience sites. Councilman Jack Estridge dissented.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the idea would better manage hours for employees at these sites, which are the lowest volume sites in the county.

  • Passing through one more time

    Write-in campaigns, resigning town council members, a “hiking” governor and long lines at the unemployment office are just four of the issues we experienced in 2009.

    We lost some neighbors with the deaths of Sonny Bowers, Bobbie Hagins, Ray Knight and Dick Weisner. These are good people whose lives made a difference. OK, that’s enough of the bad news.

    We saw the good in people, too, like the Backpack Buddies, a non-denominational church partnership that makes sure that Heath Springs Elementary School students have nutritious meals on the weekend.

  • Corridor study reveals opportunities for county

    After several years of planning, months of work and thousands of man hours, the results of the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study were revealed Thursday night.

    Representatives from URG, an urban and development planning firm that conducted the study, explained the results to a packed house at the County Administration Building.