Today's News

  • Recycled Christmas trees get new life

    Many residents will start taking down Christmas trees this weekend as the 2009 holiday season winds down.

    The city of Lancaster and Lancaster County are working together again to reduce on holiday waste through treecycling.

    Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused and recycled.

    Instead of having Christmas trees take up landfill space, they will be removed from the waste stream and ground into mulch.

  • Vols sweep Knights, advance to Comporium tourney title games

    The host Andrew Jackson teams advanced to the championship round in opening round play in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic in the Vols’ gym on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Volunteers downed North Central for the third time this season, taking a 53-31 win  over the Lady Knights.

    The AJ girls opened an early lead after one, 11-6, and steadily pulled away for the 22-point win.

    The Lady Vols led 22-18 at the half and held a 30-27 spread with a period to play.

    AJ sealed the issue with a 23-4 final period run for the 53-31 win.

  • Sanford not calling for axing USCL this year

    Dr. John Catalano said Thursday was a great day for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Catalano, the dean at USCL, waited anxiously Thursday for the release of Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2010-11 budget.

    And when it was released, he was pleased to see it wasn’t a repeat of the last year, when the governor called for closing USCL.

    In his new budget, Sanford calls for funding USCL with $1.9 million next fiscal year.

  • TEA Party set for Saturday

    As Democrats in Congress work to finalize a health-care bill, Lancaster is gearing up for its fourth TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party on Saturday.

    The event will be held outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. If the weather is too cold, the event will be moved inside. The event begins at 11 a.m. and should last about two hours.

  • Lady Jackets down Lions in York tourney consolation tilt

    Buford had mixed results Wednesday in separate holiday basketball tournaments.

    The Lady Jackets, coming off a lopsided loss to Chapman in a two-day tournament at the York Cougar Christmas tournament, rebounded to top Conference III-A foe Lewisville 46-44.

    The Buford boys weren’t as fortunate as the Jackets dropped a 10-point loss to Class AA foe Central of Pageland.

    The BHS girls, who fell to CHS 64-31 on Tuesday in York, rebounded to top the Lady Lions to take consolation honors at the York tourney.

  • Devils, Rams take titles in AJ tournament

    KERSHAW  A couple of Conference III-A teams captured titles in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson High School on Wednesday night.

    Great Falls took the boys’ crown, downing the host Vols, and the Chesterfield High Lady Rams notched the girls’ championship with a 48-29 victory over AJ.

    Great Falls proved too strong for the host Vols as the Red Devils rolled to a 59-34 win to cap the two-day holiday tourney at AJ.

    Great Falls held a 14-10 lead after one period, but on the strength of an 18-9 run forged a 32-19 halftime lead.

  • 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.