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Today's News

  • Carolina Wildcats runners-up in USBA state championship

    The Carolina Wildcats finished as the state runner-up in the recent United States Basketball Association (USBA) tournament in Myrtle Beach.The Wildcats, a Lancaster area 16-under AAU boys basketball team, went 3-1, with their only loss coming in a 67-63 title game setback to TOPPS.TOPPS includes the top players from high school teams across the state.In the championship game, the Wildcats found themselves down 15-1 after five minutes.The Wildcats were somewhat “star struck,” looking at the much bigger TOPPS players.The

  • Courthouse may get new windows

    County Council DOES do windows.

    The county's 2008-09 proposed budget has grown by roughly $100,000 to equal $30.3 million, county Finance Director Veronica Thompson told council Monday night.

    That's to replace windows at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse. Due to the courthouse's National Historic Landmark status, the windows must be replaced in a specific way – to the tune of $111,000.

    Many of the windows are rotting, and courthouse officials say they leak when it rains.

    Council held a public hearing on the budget, but no one signed up to speak.

  • SCJGA opens 2008 season on Monday

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association opens its 2008 schedule with its first tournament Monday at the Lancaster Golf Club.The junior golf association, which features play for girls and boys ages 8-18, is set to begin play at 8 a.m.

  • Walk-off walk gives juniors win

    A walk-off walk lifted the surging Lancaster Post 31 junior team to a one-run win Thursday night at Eggleton Field.Dillon Hydrick’s bases-loaded free pass pushed home Scott Mathis to lift the Lancaster juniors to a 7-6 win over Clover.The P-31 juniors entered the ninth inning locked in a 6-all draw.Mathis reached on an error to ignite the Lancaster rally.

  • See Lancaster director resigns

    Frank Keel resigned as executive director of See Lancaster on Friday – a day after Lancaster City Council voted to pull its funding from the tourism and promotions group.

    The city is the group's principal benefactor.

    Debbie Jaillette, chairwoman of the See Lancaster board, said Keel announced his resignation at an emergency See Lancaster board meeting Friday morning. She called his resignation "regrettable."

    "We wish Frank well," Jaillette said. "He's done good work for Lancaster County and its citizens."

    Keel couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

  • Duracell plans $60M in upgrades

    The local Duracell plant is planning a $60 million expansion, according to county officials.

    The plant, which makes every Duracell AA battery in the United States, is planning about 20 to 25 new hires with the expansion, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell told County Council on Monday night.

    It's not a lot of extra employees, but Tunnell said it's a good sign about the future of the plant, which now has about 500 employees here.

    "I hope this means they'll be staying here for a long time," Tunnell said.

  • Getting into a good book

    Antonia Fay spoke gently and lightly stroked the 11-month-old baby alpaca's fluffy black fur.

    "Getting into a good part in the book" is why the 12-year-old Lancaster resident enjoys reading, but this soft, cute alpaca turned out to be Antonia's favorite part of the Family Literacy Fair, held recently at the Lancaster County Library.

  • A.R. Rucker a Red Carpet winner for second time

    For the second time, A.R. Rucker Middle School has been recognized as a Red Carpet school by the state Department of Education.

    Eight middle schools in South Carolina won the award, which highlights schools that boast family-friendly environments.

    A.R. Rucker Middle, the only winner in Lancaster County School District this year, will receive red carpets with the state seal to display in its lobby. The school will maintain the recognition for three years. A.R. Rucker first won the rep carpet in 2004.

  • Walters national runner-up

    University of South Carolina at Lancaster golfer Drew Walters’ valiant bid for an individual national championship fell a shot shy in sudden death on Friday afternoon at the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Golf Club.Walters’ 10-foot par putt lipped the hole to give Kris Boyes of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y., the national medalist in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III golf tournament.Walters, a Lancers’ sophomore golfer, held a two-shot lead heading into the final round, but finished regulation in a three-way st

  • City's decision shocks See Lancaster officials

    See Lancaster officials expressed shock Thursday after Lancaster City Council voted to yank away $198,000 in funding for the promotions and tourism group.

    After a closed-door session, council voted:

    • To fund See Lancaster $27,829 of its $36,829 shortfall to pay staff salaries through the end of the month

    • To initiate an independent audit of the group at the city's expense

    • To cut the group's $198,000 from the city's proposed 2008-09 budget

    All the votes were unanimous, with Councilman Audrey Curry and Preston Blackmon not present.