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Today's News

  • Lancers adds Williams to staff

    Robery Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will open fall baseball practice with a special starting date and familiar face among the Lancers’ staff.

    Steve Williams, who retired as the Lancaster High School baseball coach last spring, is joining the Lancers’ staff as the team’s pitching coach.

    Williams will be on hand for the team’s first-ever fall practice which is scheduled for Aug. 11 just after midnight.

  • Center all ears no more

    The Listening Center, which has offered support groups free of charge for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Thursday.

    Lindsay Pace, who has been director of the center for the last three months, said the agency is closing due to a lack of funding. She didn't get specific.

    "A lot of people are sad to see it leaving," Pace said. "It's been difficult for a lot of people.'

    The New Hope Group of Narcotics Anonymous will continue to meet at the center. Pace said she believes the fibromyalgia support group will continue to meet there.

  • Indian Land company takes part in 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition'

    "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the Emmy-award winning hit reality show on ABC Television, came to Charlotte to surprise one lucky family with an extreme home makeover last week."

    With a goal to help construct a new house in one week, The Master's Construction Co. of Indian Land has joined Charlotte builder, American Heartland Homebuilder, and developer, JED Development, to aid the family.'

    The company was invited by its vendor, Stock Building Supply, which has made significant material contributions to the Charlotte project.

  • Director, kids, volunteers worked hard on play

    I am very disappointed that The Lancaster News did not choose to cover the latest work of the Lancaster Community Playhouse. The first show of the year was Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.” The director, Eric Grace, and many helpers, held auditions just before school was out. The turn out for this audition was huge with more than 100 kids from Lancaster County participating. Eric immediately saw potential in so many of the children that he cast 20 extra children than the show originally required.

  • McManus, 22, takes on two preaching jobs this summer

    Brandon McManus realized at an early age what his calling would be.

    At 14, he traveled with his home church, Antioch Baptist, to Go Tell Camp in Toccoa, Ga. He believed God was working on his heart to serve him.

    McManus went to his youth pastor, Chris Blackmon, and told him he thought the Lord was calling him to preach.

    "I never thought about preaching before until I had a dream about it, and it felt so real," McManus said. "I started wishing it was me when I saw somebody preach."

    The next year, Blackmon asked McManus to preach on Youth Sunday.

  • Miss McCarty stole my heart

    Gosh, I knew going from Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School across town to Lancaster High School would be a great adventure, but I didn’t know it would be so intimidating.We eighth grade boys were “required” (by tradition) to “run the belt line.”First, we were afforded a couple of days of acclimation to learn our way around the campus to find our homerooms.Those two days were filled with all sorts of scary threats coming from male upper classmen, like “Boy, you’ll be able to tell where I hit you” and &ldquo

  • Father's jersey inspires team

    Like father, like son.

    It's a well-worn cliche, but in this case, it fits like a special jersey.

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-star right fielder Darius Robinson and his father, Darrell, have something in common besides their love for baseball.

    Darius Robinson has a Dixie Youth Baseball state championship jersey to match one earned by his dad 27 years ago.

  • Washington is full of history and beauty

    Before moving to South Carolina in 1989, I lived in Annapolis, Md., for four years. Even though we were near Washington, D.C., I never attended a July Fourth celebration in the nation’s capital until this year.

    The July Fourth parade started down Constitution Avenue and ended with fireworks on the Mall next to the Washington Monument and reflecting pool.

    The parade included high school bands from Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri and Maryland. The parade also included floats from different cultures in the community – Bolivian, Vietnamese and Taiwanese.

  • Tax-free shopping weekend runs through midnight Sunday

    Retailers here and across the state are hoping to ring up large sales this weekend during the state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend.

    It began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    South Carolina is one of six states to host tax-free shopping weekends this weekend. The others are North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

    During the weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

  • City Council, school board filing begins

    Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

    "People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

    City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.