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Today's News

  • 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.

  • A league stars capture district crown

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball A-League (6U) Machine Pitch All-Stars recently won the District 2 tournament in dominating fashion at Rodman Park in Chester.
    The A-League teams use a motorized wheel pitching machine that pitches the ball at 35 miles per hour.
    The Lancaster stars outscored their opponents in three games by a score of 57-2.  In game one, the Lancaster team was matched up against the Jefferson stars. The Lancaster All Stars scored early and often on their way to a convincing 15-0 win.

  • Junior golfers blaze in return to links

    CHESTER – The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association matched the weather with a blazing return to the links at the Chester Golf Club on July 10.
    The juniors, despite some sweltering playing conditions, posted some stellar scores in their first tournament coming off the chapter’s annual two-week break.
    Buford High School star golfer Caleb Henson captured the win in the boys 15-18 age group, shooting an even 72 (35-37) to take a two-shot win over Nick Mangano, who finished with a 74, 37-37, over 18 holes.

  • Thornwell makes Clippers cut

    Sin’s glittering “Sin City” showing has played a key role in Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell officially making the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Thornwell, known as “Sin,” was officially introduced as a member of the Clippers during a Tuesday team press conference in Los Angeles.
    “It’s great, really great,” Thornwell said of making the NBA Western Conference  Pacific Division team.

  • Another rainout at Lancaster Speedway

    Late evening showers continue to hamper local dirt racing at the half-mile Lancaster Super Speedway.
    On Saturday, the track experienced its sixth rainout of the 2017. There was one in March, two in May, one in June and so far, racing action has been canceled twice in July.
    At least one local driver – Travis Steele – raced elsewhere.
    Steele took the roof off his late model and competed in the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models field at the half-mile Antioch Speedway in Morganton, N.C.

  • New state rules for upcoming deer season

    S.C. hunters will see two big changes in regulations for the upcoming deer season.
    State game laws now require every deer harvested to be tagged at the point of kill with tags issued by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, according to Charles Ruth of the department’s Big Game Projects staff. In the past, some kills did not require tags.
    The other change is where you can get tags. You’ll no longer be able to get them from retail stores that sell hunting licenses. You will have to get them directly from DNR.

  • Column: Bad stuff can happen if state twists policies to attract jobs

    As the S.C. Policy Council has been compiling this year’s “Best and Worst of the General Assembly,” I couldn’t help noticing a recurring theme: economic development-related bills.
    Some are overt, like one that would create two new grant programs and a grant fund to further integrate economic development into the state’s school system.
    Others are not, such as the bill that offers a tax credit for purchasing S.C. produce. The credit is capped, which means not everyone who applies will get it.