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Today's News

  • Column: Consulting jobs for ex-agency heads costly and unnecessary

    According to a contract obtained by the Post and Courier, the former head of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Catherine Templeton, accepted a contract with the agency just one day after she left her position in January 2015.
    As DHEC director, she was paid $13,500 a month. After signing her no-bid consulting contract, she was paid $17,300 a month – a 28 percent increase.

  • Column: We pay more for electricity than any other state, but not all of us do

    In a ranking of states by total energy costs, South Carolina is solidly in the middle, at 24th most expensive.
    When the costs of electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil are averaged and combined, state residents spent $278 per month.
    That’s much better than the most expensive state, Connecticut, at $380, and much worse than the least expensive, Washington, at $226. (The District of Columbia is even lower, at $219.)
    More curious is the ranking of states just on monthly retail electricity costs.

  • Gloves, heads-up play fuel World Series run for Darlings

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball Darlings All-Stars have been perfect this postseason and hope to continue on that diamond path as they open Dixie Softball World Series play in Sumter this weekend.
    The 11-0 Lancaster County Darlings stars will launch their series quest against Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    “Defense has been the hallmark of this team,” said stars coach Gene Knight.

  • Football wait is over

    Lancaster County prep football teams begin preseason practice today with all four schools set for workouts and conditioning.
    Lancaster High opened drills this morning, while three other county teams will hit the field this evening.
    Teams can’t practice in full gear until Aug. 2.
    The opening of the 2017 football season features two new head coaches, Horatio “HB” Blades at Indian Land High School and Todd Shigley at Andrew Jackson School.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw racers back at Lancaster Speedway

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series will return to Lancaster Super Speedway this week for another exciting Saturday night of dirt racing action.
    The no-roof, “convertible” racing series will pay $1,500 to the winner and $200 to start.
    This week’s feature is a make- up from the July 1 rainout.
    That night, 21 Blue Ridge drivers were here to take on the high banks of LSS before the skies opened up.    

  • USC’s Harris continues to shine in U19 World Cup hoops play

    CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI, Italy – Gamecocks guard Tyasha Harris is making the most of her time on the floor in FIBA U19 World Cup play.
    Harris, a member of the National Champion women’s basketball team at the University of South Carolina dished out 10 assists in 21 minutes, as the United States topped Puerto Rico 104-46 Thursday in the quarter-final round.
    An in doing so, the Indiana native and rising USC sophomore set a new USA U19 single-game assist record.

  • Edwards, Honeycutt finish strong

    The duo of Dan Edwards and Larry Honeycutt topped a 16-team field to win the annual member-member golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday afternoon.
    The senior twosome combined for a 59 to notch a close win in the 18-hole tournament, which was played under sweltering conditions.
    Honeycutt and Edwards had a solid start, going five under par for the opening nine holes.
    “We hit a little snag starting the back nine, but rebounded and had a good finish,” Honey-cutt said. “We closed strong.”

  • Cochran first win at Lancaster Speedway a long time coming

    Saturday night was a long time coming for local dirt racer Eric Cochran.
    Cochran saw his long hours in the shop and struggles on the racetrack finally pay off at the pay window as he nabbed his first win at Lancaster Super Speedway.
    Cochran topped the field to take the checkers in Pure Stock V-8 Division feature at the half-mile dirt track.
    James Bennett finished second, followed by Joseph Cook, Wally Cook and James Thompson.
    Steve “Burn ’em Down” Hinson grabbed the Saturday night checkers in the Renegade Division main event.

  • Tigers’ Wilkins, Lawrence named to Walter Camp list

    CLEMSON – Clemson University defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence have both been named to the 2017 Walter Camp National Player of the Year watch list.   
    Both were also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which recognizes the top interior lineman in college football.
    Only nine defensive players were named to the Camp watch list and Clemson is the only school with two defensive players on it.
    Wilkins and Lawrence form one of the top defensive tackle combinations in college football.

  • Column: Where Dems are in charge, everything is falling apart

    Dimple Ajmera, a Charlotte City Council member, said last week that any Republican who supports President Donald Trump has no place on the city council or in the Charlotte mayor’s race. 
    Her liberal Democrat self-satisfaction is off the chart. She and her party consider themselves the epitome of compassion, empathy, goodness and light, while believing that conservative Republicans are full of greed and hate.