Today's News

  • Sanford's actions were a 'dereliction of duty'

    The past several weeks have been ones of turmoil for our state. The actions of Gov. Mark Sanford have shocked and saddened us all. He has broken the public trust and now has the burden of answering for those actions.

    While I do not condone what our governor has done, any actions from this point forward must be reasonable, responsible and based on fact with the best interests of South Carolina at the forefront.

    His admitted relationship with a woman other than his wife is not of the utmost concern except to him, his wife, family and God.

  • Belles capture state title

    The Lancaster Southern Belles softball all-stars highlighted an exciting finish to capture the state championship and a berth in the World Series on Wednesday night in Seneca.

    The Belles, after dropping their first postseason loss, rebounded to down Saluda 5-4 in nine innings to  wrap up the state crown and Series bid to Sumter. The Belles’ regulation games are seven innings.

    Saluda had defeated Lancaster 5-4 in nine innings earlier Wednesday afternoon to force a decisive second meeting that night.

  • Caroway savors Cooperstown experience

    The Carolina Reds, a Rock Hill area 12U travel baseball team, recently participated in one of the most celebrated tournaments in America at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    The Reds include 10 players from Rock Hill, one from Indian Land and one from Lancaster.  Versatile Lancaster player Jordan Caroway saw the majority of his tournament action at second base. He also saw time at shortstop, the outfield and pitcher.

    Caroway, a rising eighth grader at A.R. Rucker Middle School, said the Cooperstown experience was a career highlight.

  • Dixie Boys 14 stars win, play for state

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14s all-stars stayed alive for the state championship and a bid to the World Series with an 8-0 win over Lexington on Wednesday night.

    The shutout win advanced the Lancaster Dixie Boys 14 stars to the state title game with Beaufort on Thursday night in Lexington.

    The Lancaster 14s have to beat Beaufort twice to take the title and a Series berth.

    The game was completed after The News’ deadline for Friday’s paper. See Sunday’s paper, or check The News’ web site, www.thelancasternews.com.

  • Block party is Saturday

    Clothing, school supplies and inspirational messages are promised to those who come out to South Side Park on Saturday.

    The second annual Bonnies Outreach Ministries Block Party will be held there from 2 to 8 p.m. The park is located on Conner Street in Lancaster.

    Everyone is invited to the event, which will give youth a chance to receive pencils, paper and others items needed for the start of school next month.

    Inflatable games, a bike showcase, gospel singing and spoken word performances will also be part of the event.

  • County enacts one-year moratorium on billboards

    County Council gave approval Monday to an ordinance that places a moratorium on new billboards in the county.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of the ordinance. It requires two more readings to be finalized.

    However, County Attorney Mike Ey said because of the nature of the ordinance, the county’s planning department may begin enforcing the moratorium immediately.

    The moratorium halts the issuance of permits for billboards along the S.C. 9 Bypass and U.S. 521 for at least one year.

  • Robinson, Terry tie for LJGA win with each shooting a 74

    Corey Robinson and Austin Terry each shot a 74 at Edgewater to lead the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association play on Monday.

    “Those scores were from the gold tees which is an outstanding number on a very difficult golf course,” Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom said.

    Robinson padded his boys 15-18 age division lead with his fourth win this season, giving him 100 points. Terry is second in the overall points with 79 and Dalton Bradley is third with 67.

  • Filing ends in District 2 council race

    Filing for the vacant Lancaster County Council District 2 seat closed at noon Monday, with two candidates filing.

    Charlene McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, and local business owner Blondale Funderburk are seeking the seat.

    McGriff, who has served on the school board for more than 15 years, is the executive director of Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault.

    Lancaster native Funderburk was a director of Communities in Schools in the early 1990s and has worked with the Michael Blackmon Foundation since 1997.

  • Man pleads in motorcyclist's death

    A Lancaster man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last summer apologized to the victim’s family in court Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

    Hood was speeding away from Lancaster Police Department officers on Aug. 20, 2008, when he lost control of the Lincoln he was driving and rear-ended a motorcycle driven by John Haver, 68, said Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Mom: Swine flu in county

    Lancaster County resident Danielle Massey said she was shocked when her 6-month-old son, Zayne, was diagnosed with swine flu, or the H1N1 influenza.

    Massey said she noticed Zayne had been running a fever all night long on July 19. The next day, she took him to the doctor for his 6-months shots.

    That following Wednesday, after lab tests, it was confirmed that Zayne had the swine flu, Massey said.