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Today's News

  • First phase of S.C. 160 project nearly done

    INDIAN LAND – It will be at least nine weeks before the Indian Land intersection of S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 is complete, due to an accident June 19.

    A Pike Electric Co. truck was delivering new traffic signal mast arms to the S.C. 160 widening project that day. The truck driver and a worker were unloading a mast arm from the truck, parked on the northbound side of U.S. 521, when another of the large arms shifted and fell from the truck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Pageland watermelon festival starts today

    PAGELAND – The 57th Pageland Watermelon Festival is offering dozens of events this weekend for people of all ages.

    The festival, the largest annual event in neighboring Chesterfield County, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

    Today

    Craft and vendor displays open at 3 p.m. Friday on Pearl Street in downtown Pageland and amusement rides open at 5 p.m. in downtown.

    The festival pageant is 5 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

  • AAA, Dixie Boys 13 stars bid for state championships

    Two Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star teams will launch their state championship hopes Saturday.The Lancaster AAA stars, ages 9-10, will battle in the state tournament at Hartsville, while the Lancaster Dixie Boys 13-year-old all-stars will play in Lexington.The AAA stars, who are unbeaten at 6-0 in postseason play, will face Mid Carolina in the 12-team field at Hartsville.“We feel we have as good a chance as any team in the tournament,” said Lancaster AAA all-stars manager Mike Lucas.

  • Cairnes made child's day by giving her a fishing rod

    Cairnes made child’s day by giving her a fishing rod

    I would like to share this with the family of Ronnie Cairnes. My daughter, Alyssa, went fishing with my husband, Freddie, her sister, Adrien, and me on May 18. Alyssa caught a huge bream. We stopped by the Cedar Creek Bait & Tackle, showed it to Ronnie and asked if he could help up put a picture of her and her fish in a magazine. He said he couldn’t. Instead Ronnie gave her a fishing rod – the first one she ever had. Alyssa loved it and it made her day.

  • SCDNR honors Flat Creek man

    KERSHAW – A man who has lived in Flat Creek all his life has made it his goal to protect the community's most precious natural asset, Forty-Acre Rock.

    Last month, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said showed its appreciation for Tom Welsh.

    Welsh, 87, and family attended a luncheon in his honor June 27 at Cromer's in Kershaw. Johnny Stowe, Heritage Preserve Manager for S.C. Department of Natural Resources, attended along with Lancaster County conservationist Lindsay Pettus and a handful of others.

  • Local United Way gives us reason to celebrate

    Even in the toughest of times, there’s always something to celebrate. And while these may not be the toughest of times (anyone who lived through the Great Depression or World War II would tell you those times were much tougher), these are certainly not the best of times.

    The national economy has slowed, and gas prices are at historic highs, with some experts predicting the national average for unleaded regular gasoline will break the $5 mark this year.

  • Ponytails win state crown

    The Lancaster Dixie Ponytails are riding high after winning the state championship and a bid to the World Series.The Lancaster Ponytails, in a do-or-die situation, rebounded from a tournament-opening loss to Hartsville to defeat Hartsville 5-0 for the state championship on Wednesday night at the Bobby Richardson Recreation Complex in Sumter.In the title game, Katy Ghent, who won three tournament games, went the distance, allowing one hit and a walk.

  • Medical future of children and adults in question

    This letter is addressed to the medical professionals doing business in the Lancaster area, but it should be of interest to other folks, as well.

    In reading newspapers, watching TV and listening to AM radio lately, it has become apparent that many things are occurring in this city, state and country that should be of concern to everyone.

  • Writer questions Mulvaney's opposition to alcohol inhalers

    A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to the editor criticizing Rep. Mick Mulvaney for opposing a ban on alcohol inhalers (devices that turn liquor into a mist so that it can be inhaled into a person’s lungs, getting them drunk quickly).

    As the victim of a drunken driver, my point was that we don’t need any devices that get people drunker faster because who knows how many of them will end up behind the wheel of a car.

  • Grants could have been used for library

    I am responding to the story “Schools get s $4.5 million from feds” in the July 16 edition of The Lancaster News. The grants are to be used to reduce alcohol use, foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to go to college.

    Grants are those gifts from Washington that don’t have to be paid back. Apparently they come like manna from heaven.