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Today's News

  • Column: Feeling nibbled at checkout line? This may be the reason

    If you shop locally and wonder where the money goes, the Tax Foundation has an explanation. South Carolinians pay the 17th-highest sales taxes in the nation, according to a new midyear report from the nonpartisan think tank.
    The ranking, arrived at by combining state sales taxes and a population-weighted average of local sales taxes, is another rebuke to public officials who tout the Palmetto State as a low-tax environment.

  • Editor's Column: The CEO taps on the door: ‘Did we treat you right?’

    I didn’t know who Janice Dabney was when she tapped on the door of my dad’s room just before he checked out of Springs Memorial Hospital for the last time.
    It was February 2015, and I had just moved back to Lancaster after four decades away. Dad had spent eight weeks shuttling between Springs Memorial, its two rehab wings and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. First an aortic aneurism, then a stroke, and his lymphoma was back.
    At 91, he decided no more hospitals, and we told him that was understandable. He passed away at home three months later.

  • Williams to run for Koalas

    Alexandria Williams, who ran track at Lancaster and Andrew Jackson high schools, has signed to run track at Columbia College.
    Williams, in her senior season at LHS, competed in the 100-meter dash, relay, long jump, high jump and 400-meter relay.
    She earned a bid to the Class AAAA state qualifier with a third-place finish in the region meet at York.
    The top eight qualifiers advance to the state qualifier. Williams was also a member of the winning 4 x 100 team at the KLS county track meet last spring.

  • New ILHS volleyball coach sets high goals

    Indian Land High School has hired a new head volleyball coach. Jim Seidel was recently named as the new coach after former coach Tillie Kerna resigned.
    Kerna resigned earlier this year to move back to Seattle, Wash., with her family. She was head coach at the high school for one year and coached at Indian Land Middle School for three years.

  • Rodman paces ILHS track awards

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School star distance runner Kaitlyn Rodman led the ILHS track awards for the 2017 season.
    Rodman, a freshman, paced the Lady Warriors’ honors, earning the girls team MVP. Rodman highlighted her season, winning the Class AAA girls 1600-meter run with an ILHS school record 5:16.90.
    In the Class AAA meet at Spring Valley High School at Pontiac, Rodman also smashed the school record with a third-place finish in the 3200 with an 11:44.10 showing. Rodman posted a sixth-place effort in the girls 800-meter run in 2:32.86.

  • Junior standout also takes White Plains

    David Oliver III continued his stellar play to highlight the Lancaster Junior Golf Association in its tournament at the White Plains Country Club in Pageland on Monday.
    Oliver, coming off a win in an elite junior tournament in Cleveland, Tenn., won the chapter’s 10-12 age division with a two-under 34 over nine holes. Oliver’s effort included three birdies and five pars.

  • Oliver stellar at The Blade

    David Oliver III is quickly making a name for himself in South Carolina junior golf.
    Oliver, a rising sixth grader at New Heights Middle School in Pageland, has produced another stellar season with the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association, but he stepped up his game on the links Tuesday afternoon.
    Oliver, playing in the prestigious 19th annual Blade Junior Classic in Greer, captured the boys 10-12 age division crown in dramatic fashion.

  • Column: The holes in state’s shield law

    A judge is considering whether to hold S.C. political blogger Will Folks in contempt and possibly jail him for refusing to reveal a confidential source.
    The case points out an intentional gap that South Carolina left in its reporters’ shield law. In most other states, Folks would not be facing possible jail time.

  • Column: Court: Newberry County must pay $13K for open-meetings violation

    Anyone who has attended a meeting of a public body where the body has gone into executive session has probably been left in the dark about what was being discussed in the executive session.

  • Sprint Cars at LSS on Saturday night

    The ever-popular USCS Sprint Cars will headline the show at Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.
    Seems each time the USCS Sprint Cars invade the big half-mile of LSS, the crowd is record breaking.
    A big crowd is expected this week after the track had its third rainout in the last four weeks.
    The USCS Sprint Cars will carry speeds close to 150 miles per hour down the long LSS straightaways into the turns.
    The fan favorite is Mr. Lancaster Super Speedway, Eric Lee Riggins Jr.