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Today's News

  • Local Gamecocks crowing

    Patrick McFarland, Executive Director of the University of South Carolina Gamecock Club, opened the Lancaster County Gamecock Club’s fall kickoff meeting with something for the locals to crow about.

    McFarland, one of three speakers at the meeting held at the Lancaster Moose Lodge on Monday night, said the Lancaster County’s annual spring meeting in May, as the USC fight song says, “led the way.”

  • Matthew Rogers signs with Greensboro College Pride

    Greensboro College, a NCAA Division III school in Greensboro, N.C., is getting a package deal.

    Back in February, Lancaster High School five-time MVP girls swimmer Lauren Spencer signed with the GC Pride to continue her swimming career.

    Now, some six months later, Matthew Rogers, who swam and played baseball for the Bruins, is headed to Greensboro College to play both sports.

    Rogers and Spencer are boyfriend and girlfriend and also ace swimmers who will compete at the next level.

    Rogers said Greensboro College is the place for him.

  • Bear Hug Brawl in spotlight

    The Lancaster County junior varsity football teams and cheerleaders take center stage for the sixth annual Bear Hug Brawl at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium on Saturday.

    The Bear Hug Brawl is held in memory of the late Seth Muennich, a former BHS Junior Jackets football player, who died in an auto accident near the school in 2011.

    Following a short ceremony, play opens at 10:10 a.m. when jamboree host Buford battles Lancaster. Andrew Jackson faces Indian Land in the second period at 11 a.m.

  • Column: Avoid trouble: Update your address with tax officials

    At the end of September each year, Lancaster County mails property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc.).
    While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. Having the correct address on file is the taxpayer’s responsibility, and that prevents you from having a late fee due to never receiving the bill.

  • Column: Dismal S.C. ratings on income, education

    S.C. businesses are much more likely to be white-owned than businesses on average in the United States, and less likely to be owned by women.
    At the same time, businesses owned by men and by whites are more valuable than minority and female-owned businesses, and the difference in value in South Carolina is even greater than the average national difference.

  • Bonus money, non-winner Extreme 4 race at LSS Saturday

    Lancaster Super Speedway will be revving up Saturday night with bonus money night among a host of track highlights.

    The LSS action will also feature a non-winners race in the Extreme 4 Division.

    Sixteen drivers are eligible for the non-winners race in the Extreme 4 Division, including Kevin Woolford, Keith Woolford, Ben Hinson, Mike Slone, Zachary Hayes, Scott Carpenter, Chris Bowers, Dan Benson, Joyce Britt, Michael Davis, Chris Hunter, Lynn Mills, Floyd Marsh, Thomas Harvey, David Whitaker, Destiny Smith and Jaysen Liberatore.

  • Teams set for jamboree play

    The high school football preseason hits the jamboree phase with plenty of action ahead for county teams.

    Three of the four county squads will see jamboree play tonight, with all four in action Saturday.

    Buford and Andrew Jackson will venture to Camden to play in the 42nd annual Camden Shrine Jamboree at Zemp Stadium. Lancaster is headed to Chester to play in the CHS Cyclones Jamboree at Chester High.

    At Camden, Buford opens play at 6:30 p.m. as the Jackets face A.C. Flora, while AJ caps the action as the Vols battle the host Camden Bulldogs at 8:30.

  • Roberts to defend club crown

    Scott Roberts will defend his club championship at the Lancaster Golf Club this weekend.

    Play in the 36-hole, two-day tournament opens Saturday and continues through early Sunday afternoon.

    Club pro Phil Small said he regards Roberts as the man to beat as he defends his crown in a field of 15 players.

    “Scott had an outstanding tournament last year and he’s been playing on a regular basis to stay on top of his game,” Small said. “He’s been there before and knows the challenges which come over those two days.

  • Column: I fought these 3 lousy ideas in legislature

    Now that the legislative session is over, I wanted to do something a little different and tell you about some legislation before the General Assembly that I did not support this year.
    A friend and fellow lawmaker shared the advice that the job of a legislator is 60 percent constituency work, 30 percent stopping bad legislation from happening and 10 percent passing good legislation. During my first year in the House, I have tried to model my time and effort around those three things.
    Here are three bills that I did not support and why.

  • Column: My plan to restore American Dream

    Phil Noble’s July 30 column asked: Is the American Dream alive or dead?
    Mr. Noble is an expert at identifying problems. His usual solution is more state money.
    His piece offered no solution to the lost American Dream. Democrats have no solutions to problems today that actually work.
    He said there are two South Carolinas, with great divisions of poverty, racism, isolation, hostility, violence and bloodshed between them. This is true for many states and cities in America, not just South Carolina.