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Today's News

  • P-31 rallies, ousts Gaffney

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior baseball team earned a measure of revenge and a berth in the state tournament’s final four Friday afternoon.

    Lancaster, 15-9, rallied for a 6-2 win over regular-season League V champion Gaffney to stay alive in the double-elimination state field at Lake City High School.

    P-31’s four-run comeback win advanced it to an elimination game with top-seeded Sumter on Saturday afternoon.

  • Breaking News Arson suspected in two fires

    Separate fires destroyed a business and a residence in the same area of Lancaster County late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Officials suspect arson.

    State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office officials investigated both scenes Saturday.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said the fires look “very suspicious,” with them happening so close to each other in time and location, and their nature in general.

  • Scenic river designation may lead to protections for Catawba

    The Catawba River has been recognized as an invaluable natural resource in need of special care with a recent "scenic river" designation from the state.

    A 30-mile stretch of a free-flowing part of the river from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at Fort Lawn has been designated scenic.

    The Catawba joins nine other rivers in the state that have received the designation.

    State Sen. Greg Gregory, R-District 16, said the designation will afford the river protection against development along its banks.

    The designation is

  • Sertoma to host tourney Saturday

    Staff Reports

    The 23rd annual Lancaster County Sertoma Club golf tournament will be played Saturday at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The format is a captain’s choice event. Each team will receive a handicap based on the handicap total of the four players. No player will receive more than a 20 handicap. Teams can enter, or individuals will be assigned teams.

    All handicaps will be verified by a tournament committee. Seniors 65 and older can hit from the yellow tees with an adjusted handicap for the course rating.

  • Kessie portraits depict Wilson-Evans' character Kessie

    Kitty Wilson-Evans of Lancaster has spent much time tributing the lives of African-American slaves and now an artist has paid tribute to her.

    Kaye Cloniger of Fort Mill said she and Wilson-Evans, known for her role as the 19th century slave Kessie at Historic Brattonsville in York County, share a bond.

    At Brattonsville's annual candlelight tour in 2006, Cloniger, who is also a teacher, was so struck by Kessie's face in the firelight that she decided to capture her essence in a collection of 14 oil paintings, which she completed this January.

  • Banks continue junior links battle

    Staff Reports

    Buford High School golfers Trevor Banks and Taylor Banks continue to duke it out on the links in the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

    Trevor Banks shot a sizzling three-under 69 over 18 holes from the championship tees at the White Plains Country Club to win the boys 15-18 age division tournament on Monday. Trevor Banks’ three-shot win over Taylor Banks pulled them into a first-place tie for the age division points lead at 86 each. Will Riggins finished third at White Plains with a 76.

  • Sorority awards scholarships

    Four recent high school graduates have joined a long list of students to receive scholarships from the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

    The public service sorority's local chapter established a scholarship program in the early 1970s to help deserving, promising youth with financial assistance for college. Three scholarships are available each year.

    The 2008 winners were announced at the chapter's awards luncheon, held June 14 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Carole Ray Dowling Center.

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  • Belair UMC welcomes Gayle Summey as its new pastor

    For only the second time in more than a century, Belair United Methodist Church will be pastored by a woman.The Rev. Gayle Summey took over the pulpit June 22 as its first woman minister in almost 20 years. Patty Parrish served as pastor in 1989.“I told them [the congregation] ‘Don’t worry.

  • Report: Market local culture arts

    A report on how Lancaster County should focus its efforts to attract tourists to its cultural and heritage attractions is out after months of preparation.

    The County Tourism Report was prepared by consultants hired by See Lancaster last fall with a $25,000 competitive grant from the S.C. Budget and Control Board. The report seeks to highlight the county's assets for cultural heritage tourism, defined as "visits to a community motivated in whole or in part based on the community's history and culture."