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Today's News

  • 8th-annual Kids Day Festival growing

    Lancaster’s eighth-annual National Youth Empowerment Kid’s Day Festival is expected to see its largest year yet, after the county school district joined the effort and invited its 12,000 students to attend.
    Festival organizer Ja'Von Crockett is a Lancaster native and an Atlanta hair stylist with a passion for children and community ministry. His festival began seven years ago on Lancaster’s Hampton Road in front of his mother’s home.

  • Lightning the likely cause of church fire

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    As many as three lightning strikes were determined to be the cause of last week’s fire that severely damaged Lando Baptist Church in eastern Chester County.
    According to Eddie Murphy, chief of the Lando Fire Department, lighting struck the church on July 7 about 7:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
    “The fire cooked in the attic for about four hours before it got out,” Murphy said.

  • Foxhole demand swamps county

    Scores of Indian Land residents seeking access stickers to dispose of household trash at the Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County have been turned away due to a greater than expected demand.
    Up until this month, Indian Land residents were able to use the Foxhole, just north of the state line, free through an agreement made with Mecklenburg County after Lancaster County closed the community’s convenience center on Jim Wilson Road in 2013.

  • Train derails near S.C. 75 in Panhandle

    A CSX freight train derailed at the state line west of Waxhaw, N.C., Thursday morning, blocking two roads off Waxhaw Highway.
    CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a freight train traveling from Atlanta, Ga. to Hamlet, N.C. derailed near Tory Path Road. The train had three locomotives, 69 loads of mixed freight and 51 empty cars.
    The derailment blocked Hector Road on the S.C. side of the border, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said, but residents were able to reach their homes via other routes.

  • Remember When: Old shopkeeper, or maybe angel, cheered me up

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away last week, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    Strange things do happen. Let me run this one by you.
    I’m 500 miles from home, and seems I cannot get away from Donald, Hillary and Bernie. Of course it’s good to know what is going on. The weather in Maryland has finally changed from daily rain to long periods of sunshine and gentle breezes.

  • Community Playhouse performs Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians Kids’

    This Friday is opening night for the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s production of the Disney musical “101 Dalmatians Kids.”
    The first performance of the six-show run is 7:30 p.m. at the Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E Meeting St., Lancaster.
    The childhood classic is about the rescue of Dalmatian puppies from Cruella de Vil and her henchmen, who want to use the puppies for a new fur coat.

  • All things watermelon

    Kevin Smith
    Landmark News Service

    Dozens of vendors and an expected crowd of 20,000 will cram the streets of Pageland this Friday and Saturday for the 65th-annual Pageland Watermelon Festival.
    The festival has built a following across the South, filling the small downtown with shoppers, eaters, runners, parade-watchers and concert-goers.

  • Weather interrupts Post 31 playoff

    INMAN – Mother Nature stepped into a 4-4 deadlock in the bottom of the 10th inning Monday night to postpone the opening game of the American Legion playoffs between Lancaster’s Post 31 and Inman’s Post 45.
    Lancaster built a lead, but Inman rallied and pushed through two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game.
    Post 31 hosted the second game of the best-of-five, second-round American Legion playoffs last night, but results were not available before press time.

  • Mangum, Knight put on Late Model show at LSS

    Timbo Mangum pulled away from Benji Knight to grab the checkers in SECA Crate Late Model action at Lancaster Super Speedway on July 9.
    The win was Mangum’s second of the night, as he also won the Vintage Division feature.  
    When the green flag dropped, Mangum, Knight, Manley Chaney and Travis Steele were all battling for the lead. Mangum was able to lead the four down the backstretch, with Knight in his tire tracks.

  • 10U Dixie Angels bow out of state tourney

    HARTSVILLE – The Lancaster 10U Dixie Softball Angels team won its opening game at Byerly Park before losing twice to be eliminated from the state tournament.
    After opening state play Saturday with a 7-1 win over host Hartsville, the Angels stars fell to Latta, 10-0, on Sunday. Dillon knocked the local girls from tourney play Monday with a solid, 6-0 win.
    Lancaster Angels coach Spring McManus said strong pitching was the difference.