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Today's News

  • Column: Sentencing in nonviolent drug cases needs change

    I joined a bipartisan group of senators Oct. 4 to introduce the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, which would recalibrate prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, target violent and career criminals and save taxpayer dollars.
    The legislation permits more judicial discretion at sentencing for offenders with minimal criminal histories and helps inmates successfully reenter society, while tightening penalties for violent criminals and preserving key prosecutorial tools for law enforcement.

  • Publisher's Column: We are your ‘Main Street media’

    Editor’s note: Susan Rowell last week became president of the National Newspaper Association, which represents community newspapers nationwide. Here are excerpts of her acceptance speech at the NNA’s annual convention in Tulsa, Okla.

    I am beyond honored to join this group of individuals who have led the National Newspaper Association to where we are today. Over 2,000 members strong, representing communities from the East Coast to the West Coast.

  • Staff Column: Let’s name new school after Charlie Duke

    Naming a new public building is a chance to celebrate something we’re proud of.
    Next August, a new elementary school will be opening in Lancaster County. And if the committee assigned with choosing a name is fishing for ideas, I have a suggestion.
    It should be named Charlie Duke Elementary School to honor our homegrown Apollo 16 astronaut.
    Twelve men have left footprints on the moon. Duke, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, is one of them. He logged 71 hours on the lunar surface in April 1972.

  • After saving a barred owl, Pegrams get to free one

    After nearly two months recovering at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., barred owl Luna’s release back into the wild was expected to take place in front of the Pegram household where she was rescued.  
    But after some wires were crossed with her paperwork, she was released during a festival in Gaston County, N.C.
    Nine-year-old Madalyn Pegram was surprised when mom Stacy told her she wouldn’t get to see her owl released. “She was disappointed but ultimately happy Luna was able to be released,” Pegram said.

  • Junior Bruins notch first win

    The Lancaster High School junior varsity football team posted its first win of the 2017 season, downing host Richland Northeast, 14-6 on Thursday night.

    RNE returned the opening kickoff 60 yards for a 6-0 lead.

    Lancaster, 1-5, answered with Sean Truesdale tossing a 70-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Ford. Truesdale later scored on a five-yard TD run and Nygel Moore, who ran for 160 yards on the night, added the conversion run.

    LHS coach Chris Miller said the Junior Bruins had plenty of key play in the win.

  • Blue Devils earned Class C’s blue ribbon

    Charles Ussery

    For The Lancaster News


    (Editor’s note: following are the highlights of the Heath Springs Blue Devils’ 1967 Class C state championship football season, with highlights from a host of team members through the Kershaw game that season. The rest of the season highlights will follow in an upcoming story).


    The start of the 1967 high school football season was rough for the eventual Class C state champion Heath Springs Blue Devils.

  • Walters shoots 62, ties course record

    Drew Walters has etched his name with the elite in Lancaster Golf Club history.

    The 29-year-old avid Lancaster golfer tied the course record, shooting a 10-under 62 to tie the mark held by former Buford High School star golfer Trevor Banks, a prep state champion at BHS.

    Walters, over 18 holes from the white tees, posted 10 birdies and eight pars. He had five birdies on the front nine and five on the back.

    Prior to Walters and Banks, the late Doc Catoe held the old LGC record of 63.

  • Antioch pumpkin patch full of fall fun, learning

    Indian Land Elementary School students filed off the bus Thursday into a field with hundreds of pumpkins at Antioch Baptist Church’s seventh-annual Great Pumpkin Patch.

    LeighAnn Edmondson and Tiffany Evans’ special-needs classes ran straight to the pumpkins sitting on pallets, tables and bleachers.

    Edmondson said her class has learned about the lifecycle and different sizes and colors of pumpkins.

  • $7.2 million worth of fire trucks

    A $7.2 million photo was taken Sept. 30 in the county administration parking lot.
    It’s a group shot of the 18 new fire trucks now in station houses across Lancaster County.
    “It’s an awesome thing to stand there and see all that apparatus side by side like that,” said Darren Player, Lancaster County Fire Rescue director. “You realize a huge cooperative effort made the photo possible. From our elected leaders to volunteers who do the lion’s share of the work and a career staff…. That’s quite a coalition at work.”

  • 11-year-old injured in hit-and-run

    An 11-year-old boy was injured Thursday night in a hit-and-run accident just south of Lancaster, and the Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle involved.
    The boy, whose identity has not been released, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after he was found lying next to the road at 8:25 p.m. His condition was unknown at press time.
    According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the incident happened on Evans Drive, near Barnett Street off McIlwain Road.