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Today's News

  • Meadows enjoys Sports Ambassador Program

    Staff Reports

    Cameron Meadows, an A.R. Rucker Middle School student, recently returned from a 10-day People to People Sports Ambassador Program in Austria.

    In addition to competing in basketball at the Youth Friendship Games, Meadows trained with experience coaches and explored Europe with teammates from across the U.S.

  • Eat light to beat the heat

    August lends itself to eating lighter meals to get through sweltering summer days. But eating light doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. You may even want to move the cooking outside for these sizzling, grilled Smell Good Chicken Sandwiches. As soon as your neighbors whiff the aroma drifting from your yard to theirs, they’re going to understand where the name comes from.

  • Hammakers grateful for community support

    It has been six months since Derek Hammaker was killed in an automobile accident. To us, it seems only yesterday. In some ways, the pain and sadness we are experiencing is worse than when the accident first happened. Every day without Derek is a reminder of how much he meant to us and how much we miss him. Nothing is the same.

  • AAA all-stars drop first game

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars had a tough time in their World Series opener, dropping a 10-0 loss to tournament host Troup County, Ga., on Monday night in LaGrange, Ga.

    Lancaster, which had a 13-game postseason win streak snapped with the shutout loss, was scheduled to face Tennessee state champion Goodlettsville, Tenn., in an elimination game on Tuesday. Goodlettsville dropped a 6-2 setback to Taxarkana, Ark., on Monday.

  • Builder's Supply article brings back memories

    I read the article on Builder’s Supply in the July 25 edition of The Lancaster News and remembered something else about the company. I’m not sure where folks bought their ice and coal a hundred years ago, but I do know that in the 1930s and 1940s those places were at the end of Catawba Street, not French Street.

  • Volunteers can make difference to abused children

    The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program teaches people to become positive, effective advocates for children living in foster care. The GAL volunteers advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are now involved with the family court system.

  • Arson slap in the face to justice, history

    In the wee hours of Monday morning, someone slipped into a window of Lancaster County’s courthouse, crept upstairs and lit a flame. The arsonist ignited not only court documents, but 180 years of American history. It doesn’t really matter that the building was inadequate as a courthouse. The arson was a slap in the face to both justice and history.

    According to local historian Lindsay Pettus, here are some of the reasons the courthouse was such a landmark:

  • Florida downs Ponytails

    The Lancaster Dixie Softball Ponytails all-stars headed home Tuesday minus the coveted World Series title trophy, but with plenty of diamond pride.

    Florida, rebounding from an early 2-0 deficit, ralllied for an 8-4 comeback win over Lancaster at the Dixie Ponytails World Series in Pineville, La., on Monday afternoon.

    “We went 2-2 and finished in the top six,” Lancaster coach Rick Sims said. “Our goal was the World Series title, but we’re still proud of these girls.”

  • Slideshow Included: Courthouse burns

    Blackened roof beams hovered like a skeleton above the brick walls of the Lancaster County Courthouse on Tuesday.

    The beams and a few slate shingles are all that’s left of the roof of the historic building, built in 1828.

    The courtroom was set on fire early Monday morning by an arsonist. The building’s original judge’s bench is a charred shell.

  • City Councilman Preston Blackmon dies

    Lancaster County has lost a piece of history in the death of Lancaster City Councilman Preston Blackmon

    He died Saturday at age 82.

    Blackmon served on council for 31 years, possibly making him Lancaster’s longest serving councilman. He was the second black man elected to City Council.

    He represented District 1 in a fair and just manner, said City Councilman Audrey Curry Jr., who represents District 3.