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Today's News

  • Column: Will mammals soon choose to be reptiles?

    Suppose you do not believe in God, or in any god at all.
    Maybe you believe the universe and everything in it, including yourself, resulted from pure chance or maybe a serious accident of nature. Maybe you believe that everything is utterly devoid of meaning. It is all your choice.

  • Column: GOP says Probate backlog alarming

    Three years ago, Lancaster County Republicans, seeking to improve the level of service in county government, fielded a candidate for probate judge.
    Jerry Holt lost in a close race to a two-decade Democratic incumbent. Holt challenged the status quo in the probate court, calling for reforms in the office to improve service, make the office more customer-friendly and prepare for the county’s continued growth.
    According to recent court statistics, these reforms are needed now more than ever.

  • A stench, a scalpel, an eyeball

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    That sea-animal stench smacks me in the face when I walk through the door at Buford Elementary.
    I know what I’m getting into when I decide to film it.
    The smell gets stronger the closer I get to the classroom – the classroom with the dead, 2-foot-long dogfish sharks on the table.

  • Dixie Boys 14U team third in state tourney

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Dixie Boys 14U all-star team fell short of its state championship quest in last week’s state tournament at Timken Sports Complex in Union.

    The Lancaster stars opened with a thrilling 4-3 extra-inning win over District 5 champion Mauldin on July 22.

    Andrew Wright came through with a clutch two-out, walk-off single to plate Devin Jenkins for the win.

    Lancaster trailed 3-0 for most of the game, but rallied to knot the score in the fifth inning and won in the bottom of the eighth.

  • Extreme 4 race highlights LSS card Saturday

    The Extreme 4 Division takes center stage to kick off the August racing schedule at Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.

    The Extreme 4 Division will highlight the racing action with a $300 paying race and bonus money added throughout the field.

    The Extreme 4 Division has featured some of the best action on the 2017 racing season and fields some of the largest car counts in the Carolinas at Lancaster Super Speedway every Saturday night.

  • Pageland’s top cops ‘conditionally’ reinstated

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    The Pageland Town Council has “conditionally” reinstated Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short following almost three hours of deliberation in a closed session Tuesday night.
    No date has been set for Greenlee and Short to resume their duties.
    They were suspended with pay after entering the home of Pfc. Brandon Roberts, who had failed to report for work on May 29.

  • Darlings derailed in Series run

    SUMTER – The Lancaster County Darlings’ stars World Series once sparkling diamond hopes faded with the Jena jolt.

    Jena, the Louisiana champion, blitzed the LC Darlings twice – 11-3 and 16-5 – to sweep to the 2017 Dixie Softball Darlings World Series championship on Wednesday night at Sumter’s Patriot Park.

    The LC Darlings, the SC state champions, entered the title round unbeaten in the field – 5-0 – and riding a 16-game winning streak. 

  • Jacarion’s tearful mom out on bond

    The mother of a 2-year-old fatally shot Monday was released on $60,000 bond Thursday, while her boyfriend was denied bond and remains jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.
    Toni Lashay Gladden, 26, and her boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, 18, both of 509 E. Dunlap St., were charged Tuesday with unlawful conduct towards a child after Jacarion Gladden, 2, was shot at the home.

  • Norman decries gridlock

    Newly installed Rep. Ralph Norman said Thursday it will take a miracle to end the Obamacare deadlock that has polarized Congress.
    “The stranglehold that big government has is just phenomenal,” said the Rock Hill Republican, noting that Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie in a procedural vote just to get the scaled-down “skinny repeal” debated on the Senate floor.
    The bill then failed when three Republicans joined all the Democrats in opposing it.

  • ‘Nothing but proud’

    SUMTER – Lancaster’s Darlings all-stars, undefeated going into the last day of the Dixie Softball World Series, slammed into a Louisiana juggernaut twice Wednesday, losing both games decisively and ending their championship quest one step short of the title.
    The team from Jena, La., which Lancaster’s 7- and 8-year-olds had beaten in a dramatic comeback Monday, steamrolled to the victory with 11-3 and 16-5 wins. Eleven teams competed in the double-elimination tournament at Sumter’s Patriot Park Recreation Complex.