Today's News

  • Has Blackmon-Brace done her research?

    City Council showed its support of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by passing a resolution that asked Gov. Mark Sanford to rescind his proposal to close the university.

    The vote was 6 to 1 with councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace the lone dissenter. Blackmon-Brace claims she wants more information.

  • Rams edge IL for crown

    The Indian Land Warriors’ bid to capture a first-ever Class A state title berth fell shy Saturday afternoon in the IL gym.

    Defending state champion Chesterfield posted a 36-30 win over the Warriors to earn a bid to the state title match.

    The Rams, who defeated Indian Land for the third time this season, took an early lead and held on. Chesterfield advances to face Class A Lower State champion Bamberg-Ehrhardt for the Class A state title at Ridge View High School on Saturday.

  • Longtime, former auto dealer dies at 86

    A man who owned a Lancaster car dealership for almost 40 years died Sunday. He was 86.

    Robert “Sonny” Bowers was well known as the owner and operator of Sonny Bowers Dodge. He owned the business from 1966 until 2003, when he sold the dealership to David McKinney, who still runs the dealership.

    Bowers won the auto company’s Five Star Award 14 times.

    He was also president of the Dodge Dealer Ad Association and spent many years as a member of the board of deacons and Sunday school teacher for First ARP Church.

  • Lady Warriors smash FM Jackets

    The Indian Land girls evened their record at 1-1 with a solid 48-35 road win over Fort Mill to highlight a split on Friday night.

    In the nightcap, Fort Mill held off stubborn Indian Land for a 57-54 win.

    In the opener, the Lady Warriors used a 13-8 third-period run to take a 39-29 lead after three periods.

    The IL girls stayed in control to post the 13-point win.

    “This is a big win for us,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “We stepped up and hit our shots and we did a fine job of holding Jenna White in check.”

  • Big-play performers lead all-county offense

    The Lancaster News’ 2008 all-county offense sports its share of potent performers.

    Andrew Jackson High School senior quarterback Daniel Pardue leads the talented backfield which also features the Lancaster High School rushing tandem of Jamias Clark and Zed Truesdale.

    Buford High bullish senior fullback Brent McAteer rounds out the all-county backfield.

  • Kersey pleased with IL mat effort

    A long two-day road trip to Hilton Head could go a long way in the Indian Land Warriors’ wrestling season.

    IL coach Mike Kersey was pleased with the Warriors’ effort in the Seahawk Duals at Hilton Head High School on Monday and Tuesday.

    The Warriors won their pool and went 4-2 in six matches.

    “We accomplished what we wanted at Hilton Head,” Kersey said. “We were down four starters, so we felt, as a team, we wrestled well against an outstanding field.

  • Rams edge Warriors to take IL Invitational crown

    Chesterfield captured four weight titles and had 10 wrestlers place to compile 238.5 points on the way to the 2008 Warrior Invitational championship at Indian Land High School on Saturday.

    The CHS Rams’ champions included Tyler Alley (103), Ian Harper (119), Josh McCall (125) and Elijah Burr (135).

    Indian Land, led by tournament Most Outstanding Wrester Dillon Creed, finished second with 228 points, with Buford third, 140 points.

  • Jackets highlight mat sweep with wins over Bruins, Eagles

    Buford highlighted a prep wrestling sweep with a fast finish to down county rival Lancaster 54-30 in the Bruins’ gym on Thursday night.

    Buford made the most of its trip to town, taking a 54-24 win over Central of Pageland. In the Jackets’ 24-point win over the Bruins, BHS led 36-30 with three weight classes to go, but it went on an 18-0 run to seal the win.

    Lamont McPhearson, Daniel Deese and Josh Ferguson each had a pin to cap the Jackets’ decisive run.

  • County should repeal blue laws

    Lancaster County Council has wrangled over the blue laws before, and they’ve decided to take hold of this hot potato issue again.

    Last week, council voted 6-1 in favor of first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the blue laws that restrict sales on Sundays. The repeal would not change laws regulating alcohol sales on Sundays. The repeal would last for four years.

    It would deal only with the blue laws that keep certain businesses, such as department stores, closed until 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and restrict the sale of certain items until after 1:30 p.m.

  • News honors 2008's elite

    A pair of multi-sports performers, who distinguished themselves in elite competition, are The Lancaster News’ 2008 Athletes of the Year.

    u Buford High School senior golfer Trevor Banks, the Class AA medalist, and Lancaster High School girls basketball star Miteka Trueheart are the top athletes.

    Banks, who plays golf, football and has wrestled at BHS, made headlines last spring as the medalist in the Class AA state golf tournament.