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Today's News

  • Darlings stars win Series opener

    The Lancaster County Dixie Softball Darlings all-stars launched play in the World Series, rolling to an 11-0 win over Texas in the team's opener on Saturday.

    The Lancaster County Darlings stars, who are unbeaten in postseason play at 12-0, face the Georgia state champion today in Sumter.

  • Column: Consulting jobs for ex-agency heads costly and unnecessary

    According to a contract obtained by the Post and Courier, the former head of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton, accepted a contract with the agency just one day after she left her position in January 2015.
    As DHEC director, she was paid $13,500 a month. After signing her no-bid consulting contract, she was paid $17,300 a month – a 28 percent increase.

  • Column: We pay more for electricity than any other state, but not all of us do

    In a ranking of states by total energy costs, South Carolina is solidly in the middle, at 24th most expensive.
    When the costs of electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil are averaged and combined, state residents spent $278 per month.
    That’s much better than the most expensive state, Connecticut, at $380, and much worse than the least expensive, Washington, at $226. (The District of Columbia is even lower, at $219.)
    More curious is the ranking of states just on monthly retail electricity costs.

  • Dead dog found chained in yard

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service

    A Great Falls man has been charged with animal cruelty after police found a dead pit bull in the man’s backyard.
    Keon Torrance Gladden, 23, of 45 Walnut St., was arrested.
    An officer was dispatched to his home July 10 in reference to mistreatment of the blue pit bull, according to a Great Falls Police Department incident report.

  • Back-to-School drive helps students in need

    Kelly Morrissette
    kmorrissette@thelancasternews.com

    With just weeks until school starts, back-to-school shopping provides the perfect opportunity to pick up extra items for those in need.  
    The Lancaster County Outreach Project’s annual Back-to-School campaign is collecting school supplies for school-age children in foster care and DSS programs, as well as students preparing to enter college.

  • Park gets new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson

    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, July 29, Andrew Jackson State Park will host the St. Andrews Society of Columbia for an unveiling of a new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson, mother of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson.  
    The St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Columbia, a charitable and social institution, is composed of Scotsmen, the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of Scotsmen and Scotswomen. Over the course of several years, they raised money to fund the creation and placement of the new memorial.

  • Rebound patient faces charges in SUV theft

    A recent incident involving a patient at Rebound Behavioral Health has neighbors in the area expressing concern about security at the Panhandle substance abuse and mental health treatment facility.
    Rebound Behavioral Health, 135 E. Rebound Road, is a facility that has provided both residential and outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment on its rural 50-acre campus off U.S. 521 since 2013.
    The organization touts its peaceful, secluded and open grounds as a key aspect of its mission to treat “mind, body and spirit.”

  • Taylor hopes to ‘Steal Your Heart’

    Lancaster native Pam Taylor will sing tonight at The Craft Stand. The award-winning, American roots rock singer/songwriter is performing free at 7:30 p.m. – her way of thanking her hometown.
    Taylor, 39, will be singing from her third CD, “Steal Your Heart,” ahead of its release next month. She and her bands have performed locally before, but this will be her first time alone on stage.

  • Not your average cop car

    The sight of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is, simply put, awe-inspiring.
    Battleship gray with “Lancaster County Sheriff” and “SWAT RESCUE” spelled out in thick black letters along each side, as if somehow someone might need more of a reason to take it seriously, the behemoth towers over almost everything else on the road short of a semi at 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and 21 feet long.

  • Gloves, heads-up play fuel World Series run for Darlings

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball Darlings All-Stars have been perfect this postseason and hope to continue on that diamond path as they open Dixie Softball World Series play in Sumter this weekend.
    The 11-0 Lancaster County Darlings stars will launch their series quest against Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    “Defense has been the hallmark of this team,” said stars coach Gene Knight.