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Today's News

  • 'Relief, man, finally!'

    More than 300 supporters raised the roof off the Lancaster Moose Lodge Thursday night as Sindarius Thornwell, the best basketball player our city has ever produced, learned he’ll be playing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
    After three hours of waiting through 47 draft picks, Thornwell stared at the TV and everyone fell silent as the 48th selection was announced. “Sindari…,” and the Moose Lodge erupted in cheers and applause. In the jostling ecstacy, someone whacked Thornwell on the back of the head.

  • Ministering with hand tools

    KERSHAW – Walking cane in hand, Overbrook Road resident Jamie Payne stood in his mobile home’s kitchen Wednesday trying to look in two directions at once.
    To his right, 13-year-old Brice Harris gripped a bedroom door as it was being secured into place.
    To his Payne’s left, Andrew Plumer was working on a ceiling fan. Those two projects are among many that Youth Serve volunteers have taken up for two weeks during this summer’s team camp.

  • 1892 artifact turns up in Moore’s office

    Gene Moore, who will retire next month as Lancaster County school superintendent, was packing up his office Thursday and came across a puzzling 125-year-old artifact.
    Underneath a box atop a cabinet, he found a school attendance ledger dated 1892.
    “I was cleaning stuff out and was like, ‘Whoa, what is that?’” Moore said Thursday.
    In his 12 years as superintendent, Moore has been known for keeping an orderly office, but he had never come across the ledger before.

  • Police Blotter: June 25, 2017

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    • A trampoline, a utility trailer and a green metal cattle gate were stolen from a home on the 900 block of Flint Ridge Road in Heath Springs between 5 p.m. June 2 and 8:25 p.m. June 8. The trampoline is valued at $2,000, the utility trailer, which has rust on it, is valued at $600, and the cattle gate is valued at $100.

  • Column: County GOP looks ahead to ’18 cycle of elections

    With 2018 coming quickly, Lancaster County Republicans are gearing up for another successful year, following a number of historic wins in 2016 – including seating our first Republican auditor and coroner, and seeing Sheriff Barry Faile win by the largest-ever general election margin in a local sheriff’s race.

  • Baker, Knight look to extend LSS streaks

    Two Lancaster Super Speedway drivers will highlight racing action at the big half-mile oval Saturday night.

    “The Nature Boy” Andrew Baker and “Wild Bill” Knight will each have to start in the rear of the field for their respective divisions.

    Baker has dominated the Renegade Division at LSS this season as well as the Renegade Division at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., on Friday nights.

    Baker is having a stellar year of dirt track racing, racking up wins at the Carolina and LSS tracks.

  • Dixie Baseball stars launch district play

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball will have five all-star teams in action this weekend as the S.C. Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 tournaments open play.

    The A-League (6U) machine pitch team will be in action at Rodman Park in Richburg as the Lancaster all-stars battle Jefferson at 6:30 p.m.

    The A-League all-stars are Hunter Starnes, Arione Truesdale, Kolby Avant, Michael Hinson, Reno Blakely, Samuel Hunter, Lance Whitaker, Colton Helms, Aiden James, Brendan Horton, Carson Robertson and Cade Ghent.

  • County duo in North-South match

    Saturday marks the final high school match for a pair of Lancaster County participants in the 21st-annual North-South girls all-star match at Anderson’s T.L. Hanna High School.

    Lancaster High School girls soccer coach Ed Humphrey and Indian Land High School senior midfielder C.C. Thompson will be capping their prep careers at the annual match, which features the state’s top senior soccer players.

  • Last chance at the lilies for this year

    A breeze blows across the Catawba River and the rocky shoals spider lilies begin to dance, their paper-thin blossoms dipping and swaying atop sturdy green stalks.
    Acre upon acre of white blooms stretch improbably across the rushing water, the largest known stand of the rare lilies in the world.
    A magical garden

  • Heath Springs OKs $344K budget

    The Heath Springs Town Council this week unanimously gave final approval to a $344,414 budget for fiscal 2017-18 – a $16,700 decrease from the current budget.
    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the budget dropped  because the town will not renew its contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to station an officer in Heath Springs during certain hours. The contract was going to rise from $23,000 per year to $38,500. It expires June 30.