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Today's News

  • Two smiling women get the best of me

    Well sir, my new motto of “being friendly” works, but doesn’t always work out like I hope.

    I was shopping on the “International Foods” aisle down at the neighborhood United Nations the other day. You know, that place that stocks stuff that comes from everywhere.

    With a little time on my hands, I picked up a bag of tortilla chips, pondering if I should get ’em, mostly ’cause they were marked for only $2.

    I noticed a lady standing nearby, so I grinned and waved to her.

  • Trackster seek help to run in Junior Olympics

    Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Columbus Parker Track Club has qualified 17 athletes to compete at the National Junior Olympic Games at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, July 24 through August 3.

    But coaches of the local track team say there’s just one problem.

  • Search is on for autism breakthrough

    In early May, thousands of people turned out at Finlay Park in Columbia for “Strides for Autism,” a fundraising walk to raise support for the S.C. Autism Society. And about a month earlier, a similar event at Heritage Park in Simpsonville saw an impressive turnout.

    It was heartening, but not surprising, to see those events so well-attended. Over the years, as I’ve met and spoken with families affected by autism, I’ve been moved by how strongly they support each other and rally around a shared cause.

  • Time to free S.C.’s energy market

    In South Carolina – as in most other states – regulation has almost completely divorced the energy sector from the free market. Private energy providers must register with the state as public utilities.

    Once registered, the state helps enforce a monopoly territory where only one utility may provide power. Regulators determine the prices energy providers can charge. All of this regulation, we’re told, is in the best interest of all parties: It keeps prices down and prevents rapacious monopolies.

    Only it doesn’t.

  • Whitesides to play in Clash of the Carolinas

    Lancaster High School girls soccer star Frances Whitesides has been a key part of Lady Bruins’ soccer history in her prep career.
    In her final match as a high school soccer player, Whitesides will make more LHS soccer history as the first Lady Bruins’ player to play in the Clash of the Carolinas soccer match Saturday, July 12.
    The Clash of the Carolinas, an elite all-star contest, features the top senior soccer players in North and South Carolina.

  • Post 31 juniors advance in playoffs

    The Lancaster Post 31 juniors team bounced out of a rubber game to advance in the American Legion playoffs.  
    Lancaster’s juniors, for the second time in the series, needed extra innings to pull out a 6-5 win over Greenwood Post 20 on Wednesday, July 9, at Harvey Eggleton Field.
    In the final game of the three-game series, Lancaster’s C.J. Brown doubled to deep center field to score Logan Lucas from second in the bottom of the ninth inning for the walk-off win. It was Brown’s second double in the series.  

  • Dixie all-stars bid to continue banner run

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star teams will look to continue their success in upcoming state and World Series tournaments.
    Ozone stars play in state tourney
    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone all-stars, ages 11-12, are playing in the state tournament in Hartsville’s Byerley Park, Saturday, July 12, through Thursday, July 17.
    The Lancaster Ozone stars earned their state bid after winning the District 2 tournament June 26 with a 14-6 win over York at the Gaffney Youth Sports Complex.

  • Lancaster hosts Debs 18U state tournament

    A state championship tournament berth will be on the line this weekend as the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission hosts the Debs 18U state tournament.
    The tournament’s opening ceremonies are today, July 11, at the Springdale Recreation Complex.
    The Lancaster County Debs 18U all-star team is led by coach Rick Sims.
    The tournament field includes Marion, Union, Kershaw County, Jefferson, Pee Dee, Florence, Georgetown and host Lancaster County.
    Play begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Springdale Complex fields 2-3.

  • Post 31 seniors' season is over

    Lancaster Post 31 senior team went down two games to none in the best-of-five series with Greenwood Post 20 after a 10-0 home loss Tuesday, July 8, at Harvey Eggleton Field.
    The loss put Post 31 in a must-win situation Wednesday, July 9, to stay alive in the first round of the American Legion playoffs.
    Greenwood held on for a 3-2 win Monday, July 7, in game one of the series, but game two was a much different story.
    Greenwood went up 1-0 in its half of the second inning, and added two more runs in the third to push its lead to 3-0.   

  • Summertime racing heats up

    Lancaster Super Speedway roars back into racing action Saturday night, July 12, with some real summer heat.
    You could tell the racing season was heating up last Saturday, July 5, as tempers flared at the track all night long.
    This week, the SECA Crate Late Models return with a $1,250 pot going to the main event winner and a $250 bonus to the highest finishing non-winner from the 2014 racing season.