Today's News

  • News salutes 2009’s finest

    Two Buford High School athletes are The Lancaster News’ 2009 Athletes of the Year.

    Buford High School softball star Jena Hallman, who as a junior led BHS to its first-ever state softball title, is The News’ Female Athlete of the Year.

    Trevor Banks, who won his second straight state medalist honor in golf, is the Male Athlete of the Year.

  • Forecast calls for more bitter cold temperatures

    Snow or not Thursday night, this weekend will continue a stretch of near record-breaking cold.

    Forecasters said there was a 50 percent chance of snow overnight Thursday.

    Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and with a low of 19 tonight.

    Saturday and Sunday will also be sunny, with a high in the upper-30s and lows in the teens.

    It’s cold, but not record-breaking, said Wes Tyler of the S.C. State Climatology Office. However, Tyler said this is the longest stretch of cold weather with low temperatures at 20 degrees or below since 1981.

  • LHS 'Sweet 16' runnerup

    The Lancaster Bruins returned home from the “Sweet 16” holiday tournament with a victory to savor Wednesday night.

    The Bruins, who finished in a three-way tie for first in the three-day tourney at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, capped play with an exciting 83-81 win over First Presbyterian Christian Academy of Hinesville, Ga.

    The Highlanders, a two-time Georgia independent Schools state champion, had won 43 straight games, including 13 consecutive wins this season before falling to the Bruins.

  • Two men rob check-cashing/title loan business

    Police say two men robbed a check-cashing and title loan business on the S.C. 9 Bypass on Wednesday morning, tying up two employees and a customer during the incident.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said the department got a call at 9:22 a.m. to respond to Carolina Pay Day and Loans at 1180 S.C. 9 Bypass, which is near Home Depot.

  • The last hurrah

    The next few days are the last hurrah.

    No, it’s not the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010; it’s the annual college football bowl season.

    Between today and Jan. 7, there are 21 televised college football games on the schedule.

    You are your friends might not be able to agree on whether Idaho or Bowling Green will win today’s Humanitarian Bowl  in Boise, Idaho.

    You might not even care.

    The women in your family might be rooting for the team with the prettiest jerseys by opening kickoff. 

  • Movie prescreening to be held here

    A major motion picture will be shown in Lancaster before it hits the big screen in a couple of weeks.

    Members of the faith community, local leaders and area youth will have a chance to see “To Save a Life,” a movie that centers on a high school star athlete who reaches out to others after going through struggles himself.

    The prescreening will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church. The movie hits theaters nationwide Jan. 22.

  • Del Webb Library birthday party Jan. 16

    INDIAN LAND ee" Almost a year to the day its doors opened to the public, the Del Webb Library at Indian Land will celebrate its first anniversary.

    The 11,000-square-foot library opened in Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Jan. 11, 2009. To mark the one-year milestone in style, the Friends of the Del Webb Library organization is planning a used book sale, refreshments, a children’s activity and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16.

  • Christmas Basket Fund raises $16,546.60

    Lancaster County residents dug deep into their pockets to make sure local families had enough to eat this holiday season.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, operated by HOPE in Lancaster, collected a total of $16,546.60 through the holidays, said HOPE director Elaine Adkins on Tuesday.

    Donations to the fund are used to buy grocery store gift cards for residents who need them.

    Some thought last year’s collection of $15,000 couldn’t be topped this year, with so many out of work in Lancaster County, Adkins said.

  • Cruising for a cause

    A convoy of Walmart truck drivers from across the country will ride into town Thursday to brighten the spirits of several local children and their families.

    As part of a program called Walmart Hearts, many of the company’s truck drivers will arrive at Lancaster’s store on the S.C. 9 Bypass at 5 p.m. Thursday. There, Walmart will make three local children honorary truck drivers, complete with their own Walmart uniforms and rides in the trucks.

  • Lancaster teen dies in one-car crash

    The Lancaster High School family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

    Elyse Hardin, an LHS sophomore, died Tuesday night in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road.

    She was a rear-seat passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that ran off the road and hit a utility pole about 10 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hardin was ejected from the car and died at the scene from blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.

    She was 15.