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Today's News

  • Column: To chase the American dream, immigrants must learn English

    Our world has seen the most dramatic changes in the past 100 years. We have gone from the horse and buggy to a vehicle wandering the surface of Mars.
    I would also add social advancements to the long list of technological ones, but we still have certain areas where improvement must happen.
    Specifically, I refer to language.

  • Stingers halt Lancers’ run

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s best baseball season ended with a loss in the National Junior College Athletic Association Eastern District tournament championship game at Sparrow Field on the Francis Marion University campus in Florence on Saturday.

  • Sports Talk: Buford fell, but Lady Jackets are in the elite

     If ever a photo told the story, The News’ May 19 front page picture of Buford High School senior softball stars Sydney Sullivan and Morgan Deese said it all.

    Their long faces and sad eyes, likely tear-filled soon after the final out of the Lady Jackets’ 8-1 loss to Latta in the Class AA softball state championship game, spoke volumes of their expected disappointment.

    The image was dejection personified on the mid-May evening in the Pee Dee.

  • IL’s Krest signs with Converse

    INDIAN LAND – The 2018 softball season will be the third for the Converse College Valkyries’ program and include an Indian Land High School standout among the newcomers.

    Lady Warriors’ softball ace hurler Makayla Krest, an all-region player for the Region IV-AAA champion ILHS team, has signed with Converse, a Conference Carolinas member in Spartanburg.

  • Lancaster Super Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night

    Lancaster Super Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night at the big half-mile dirt track.

    Headlining the night will be two drivers on winning streaks.

    In the Renegade Division, the driver to beat this season is Andrew Baker. Baker is currently on a four-race win streak and he seems to be unbeatable as he came from the rear of the field to take the win during the last race at LSS on May 13.

  • York tops Lancaster

    Lancaster Post 31 opened its 2017 American Legion baseball League V season, dropping a 10-0 road loss to York Post 66 on Monday night.

    Lancaster pitcher Koby Huff worked 5.1 innings, allowing an earned run with eight strikeouts, no hits and six walks.

  • Truesdale dashes to Rotary Club win

    Area runner Marc Truesdale posted his best time-ever – 18:12 – to capture the win in the sixth annual Lancaster Rotary Club 5K Race for Charity at Lancaster High School on Saturday morning.

    Truesdale, an Andrew Jackson High School social studies teacher and avid runner, said second-place finisher E.J. Threatt played a key role in his winning effort.

  • Council votes for $81M budget

    The Lancaster County Council unanimously passed its first reading of the new $81.1 million budget Monday night with a few minor tweaks reflecting a commitment to public works and public safety.
    The fiscal 2017-18 budget is $2.1 million more than this year’s, and property owners would see a slight rise in taxes.
    Homeowners with a home valued at $100,000 and vehicles worth $30,000 would see property taxes rise $22.26, to a total of $485.42. Breaking that down, it’s $15 more on the home and $7.26 on the vehicles.  

  • Blackwelder named 911 center chief

    Stephen Blackwelder, the Lancaster County fire marshal since 2007, has been named the county’s director of public safety communications.
    Blackwelder will begin his new job in the county’s emergency services June 12. He will oversee the daily operation and 20 employees at the public safety communications center on Pageland Highway. Its dispatchers answer 911 calls and handle communications with law enforcement officers and fire and EMS crews.

  • Shelter virus identified, plan may save dogs

    The mystery disease at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been identified as distemper, and there’s a plan in the works that might avoid euthanizing any of the 25 quarantined dogs on the premises.
    The shelter remains closed, and a team effort is under way to save the dogs. Shelter staff and volunteers are working with local veterinarians, the S.C. Humane Society, the Charleston County Animal Society, and the Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters (LASS) on a plan to permanently relocate the dogs. At this point, it has spots for 18 of the animals.