Today's News

  • Column: Calm down! We are not on the brink of civil war

    I just read Rudy Schmidt’s Feb. 9 column in The Lancaster News headlined “U.S. in political civil war as Dems won’t accept election.”
    I am concerned about his view of our nation. He refers to civil war eight times.
    He states there are no shootings yet except in Democratic controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The only other shooting that he mentioned is that of a Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrat shooting the Republicans practicing softball.

  • Column: Our schoolkids should grow up in an America with fewer guns

    This letter is in response to John Baker’s argument on Wednesday’s opinion page that government officials should be held accountable for stopping improper gun sales.  
    Mr. Baker says liberal pundits have pointed out that shooters in two recent mass killings used AR-15-style rifles, and he proceeds to inform us that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle. He is correct.

  • Cherokee Speedway opener set for today

    Michael Knight

    For The Lancaster News

    GAFFNEY, S.C. – Cherokee Speedway will host the dirt track’s first race of the 2018 racing season this afternoon.

    Today’s features include: SECA Crate Late Models, ($1,000 to win); SECA Crate Sportsman, ($500 to win); Renegade, ($500 to win); SECA Thunder Bomber, ($500 to win); Stock 4-cylinder, ($500 to win); Extreme 4-cylinder, ($500 to win); Young Guns 4-Cylinder, ($500 to win) and SECA Pure Stock, ($500 to win).

  • Mulvaney to play at baseball McGill

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School senior baseball catcher James Mulvaney is taking his game to the “Great White North.”

    Mulvaney is headed to McGill University in Montreal, where baseball is quite popular in the land of Canucks.

    The McGill Redmen have won four straight Canadian College Baseball Association national championships.

    “The McGill team has great camaraderie, it’s like a brotherhood,” Mulvaney said.

  • ’Bubba Wallace start creates NASCAR hubbub

    Austin Dillon was the big winner, grabbing the checkers Feb. 18, at NASCAR’s premier event, the Daytona 500.

    But based on the post-race media firestorm, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who finished runner-up to Dillon in the “Great American Race,” may be an even bigger winner.

    It’s been a busy week for the 24-year-old rookie who is the first African-American driver to compete full-time in NASCAR’s top racing series since 1971.

  • Vols banking on solid 2018 season

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers baseball team returns a solid nucleus this season after finishing fourth in Region IV-AA and qualifying for the Class AA Upper State playoffs in 2017.

    The Vols, led by veteran coach Mike Lucas, are looking to back up their No. 7 preseason Class AA ranking by Diamond Prospects.

    “We play in a tough region and you have to bring your ‘A’ game each night,” Lucas said.

  • Ford issues ‘do not drive’ order on pickup model that killed local man

    Two years after a Kershaw man was killed by an airbag explosion in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, Ford and Mazda have issued a “do not drive” warning for more than 35,000 Rangers and the similar Mazda B-body pickups, citing danger from their Takata airbag inflators.
    Ford added 33,428 vehicles, which were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall, because the inflators on these 2006 trucks may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash compared to other recalled Takata inflators, according to a Ford press release.

  • Heath Springs moves toward eliminating municipal court

    HEATH SPRINGS – In another cost-cutting move, Heath Springs officials voted this week to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court.
    Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to move ahead with that plan and ask the county magistrate’s office to handle any cases that arise. 

  • Kershaw raises garbage fee for out-of-town customers

    KERSHAW – Town officials voted Monday night to increase garbage fees 37 percent – from $16 a month to $22 – for 60-plus residents who live outside the city limits but use the town’s garbage service.
    “Our citizens in town now pay more” than the out-of-town customers had been paying, said town administrator Mitch Lucas in his recommendation to council.

  • School board sets next year’s calendar

    The Lancaster County School Board unanimously approved the 2018-19 school calendar this week, with first semester not ending until after winter break.
    The board was not happy about that.
    “All we would need is five days,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “I wish I had said this before, but talk to your legislators – we need them here.”