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Today's News

  • Foursome takes title with four eagles

    The team of Bryan Turner, Jim Barnett, Trey Crenshaw and Mason Tucker blistered the Lancaster Golf Course on Friday with a round of 53 to take top honors in the Women’s Enrichment Center 11th annual golf tournament.

    The foursome were lights out on all four par-5 holes with 2-under eagles in captain’s choice play.

    “That’s the first time I’ve ever done that,” said Barnett, who’s played his share of golf at LGC. “Somebody stepped up every time a shot was critical. It was truly a team effort.”

  • Darlings give us reason to smile

    It was one of those frozen-in-time, “you had to be there” moments to truly appreciate.

    As soon as I stepped out of my pick-up in the senior parking lot at Buford High School on Thursday evening, I heard a round of involuntary laughter that got my immediate attention. 

    The snickering was followed by a water balloon barrage that splattered on Gene Knight’s back. 

  • Blaney to pilot third Penske car in 2018

    The annual racing dominoes – NASCAR “Silly Season” is in full swing this week. 

    Some of the sport’s top drivers are leaving for new teams next season, some are staying put and others are looking for rides.

    Team Penske announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Ryan Blaney will join the organization as a fulltime driver.

    “This is a huge opportunity for me and my career,” said Blaney. “I’ve always enjoyed racing whatever car I was in and trying to win each and every race.”

  • Darlings 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.

    The Lancaster County Darlings stars of coach Gene Knight earned a World Series bid, winning the state championship in Dillon earlier this month.

  • 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.