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Today's News

  • Lancers garner diamond honors

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s 2017 baseball season has been over for nearly a month, but the Lancers are still reaping postseason diamond honors.
    The Lancers, who finished 41-17 and won the NJCAA Region X regular-season championship, had two players – shortstop-center fielder Jared Williams and first baseman Evan Edwards – garner third team All-American honors.
    Two other players – redshirt freshman pitcher David Dunlavey and freshman outfielder Cross Holfert – were NJCAA honorable mention All-Americans.

  • LHS fills spring sports coaching posts

    Three Lancaster High School spring sports teams will have new leadership next season.
    Bruins teams in baseball, softball and girls soccer will sport new coaches, including two squads led by former Bruins players.
    Trevor Hammond, who has previously served as an LHS baseball assistant, is the new Bruins baseball head coach.
    Erin Walker, a volunteer assistant with the 2017 Region III-AAAA champion Lady Bruins, will lead the LHS softball team.
    Sal Estrada, who formerly coached the LHS girls soccer team, is again in charge of the Lady Bruins booters.

  • Column: Studying the world’s best schools

    Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?
    In doing research with the U.S. News and World Report rankings of high schools, I learned that the top three high schools, and five of the top seven in the country, were run by BASIS – a chain of 27 tuition free, charter, private and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China.

  • Column: Busy session addressed festering problems

    Here’s my final legislative summary for you regarding the just-finished General Assembly session.

    Roads funding and restructuring
    After years of inaction, the General Assembly passed a roads bill that reforms both the DOT and the State Infrastructure Bank, as well as provides a major increase in funding for long-overdue maintenance needs. The governor now has the authority – and responsibility – to appoint, oversee and, when necessary, fire the nine SCDOT Commissioners.

  • Public hearing on $102M school budget

    Lancaster County School District will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the upcoming fiscal year’s $102 million budget before its approval.
    The meeting will be at the school district office, 300 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster.
    The board of trustees will vote on the budget at 6 p.m. after the public hearing. The monthly board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
    LCSD Superintendent Gene Moore said the hearing is designed for the public to give input to the board before the budget is voted on.

  • Overtime draws scrutiny in city budget

    Lancaster City Council will closely scrutinize employee overtime in the upcoming year after one of its members questioned the matter at length last Tuesday night.
    Following the scheduled public hearing on the city’s $33.9 million proposed 2017-18 budget, councilwoman Hazel Taylor made a motion to delete $15,000 in overtime expense from the Support Services Division.

  • Sprucing up Kershaw’s golf course is paying off

    KERSHAW – Officials are breathing a little easier over the Kershaw Golf Course after learning that revenue was $8,000 ahead of projections for the month of May.
    Most of that is coming from green fees, which means course improvements are attracting significantly more golfers.  
    “We are getting lots of compliments about the recent remodel,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, and improvements in the irrigation system are still under way.
    “It really looks first class.”

  • Van Vyck town vote in August

    Van Wyck residents will go to the polls Aug. 15 to decide if their community will incorporate, a defensive move against being gobbled up by the proposed Indian Land municipality.
    News of the special election date came Friday, nearly a year and a half after Van Wyck began its effort in an attempt to preserve its rural way of life. The community has about 2,500 residents.

  • 'Relief, man, finally!'

    More than 300 supporters raised the roof off the Lancaster Moose Lodge Thursday night as Sindarius Thornwell, the best basketball player our city has ever produced, learned he’ll be playing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
    After three hours of waiting through 47 draft picks, Thornwell stared at the TV and everyone fell silent as the 48th selection was announced. “Sindari…,” and the Moose Lodge erupted in cheers and applause. In the jostling ecstacy, someone whacked Thornwell on the back of the head.

  • Ministering with hand tools

    KERSHAW – Walking cane in hand, Overbrook Road resident Jamie Payne stood in his mobile home’s kitchen Wednesday trying to look in two directions at once.
    To his right, 13-year-old Brice Harris gripped a bedroom door as it was being secured into place.
    To his Payne’s left, Andrew Plumer was working on a ceiling fan. Those two projects are among many that Youth Serve volunteers have taken up for two weeks during this summer’s team camp.