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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lancaster man charged in 11 property crimes

    A Lancaster man has been charged in a string of 11 thefts and burglaries across the county over the past two months.
    Christopher David Sims, 25, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Aug. 2  after deputies responded to a call on Country Club Drive, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The homeowners reported that someone had tripped a motion-sensor alarm in the carport, and they saw a man running away and noticed a red Honda parked in a neighbor’s driveway.

  • Van Wyck vote next Tuesday

    Van Wyck residents will head to the polls next week to decide whether to remain an independent unincorporated community or join together to become the town of Van Wyck.
    Next week’s special election is scheduled for Tuesday at the Van Wyck Community Center at 5063 Old Hickory Road. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voting is open only to the 271 registered voters who live in the community’s original incorporation area.

  • S.C. trade group tips its hat to Crenco

    Lancaster’s homegrown and family-owned Crenco Food Stores has been named 2017 Retailer of the Year by the S.C. Association of Convenience Stores.
    The award was announced Tuesday at the association’s annual convention in Columbia.
    “In our 38 years of operation, we’ve strived to be the best in all that we do,” said second-generation owner Hal Crenshaw. His father, the late Harold Crenshaw, started the stores in 1979 as a branch of Crenshaw Oil Co.

  • City police almost back to full staff

    On paper, the Lancaster Police Department is almost back up to full strength after a year of struggling with a manpower shortage.
    But there is still an urgent need for more certified “street ready” officers.  
    Three recent police hires are now attending the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy but won’t graduate until late October. After that, the graduates have a minimum eight weeks of training with a police department field-training officer before being out on their own.

  • Delay at LHS stadium

    A construction delay at Lancaster High’s new artificial-turf football field has forced the school to move its first home game to Buford High’s new turf, which was a high priority to finish before hosting the annual jamboree this weekend.
    LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said he made the call to move the game because the field’s surrounding asphalt “drive-around” may not be ready on time.

  • 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.

  • Anytime Fitness program helps military vets readjust

    Anytime Fitness has joined with the national Lift for the 22 organization to offer free one-year gym memberships to military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    The program’s goal is to fight suicide among veterans by bringing them together while also increasing their health and wellness. 

    Karen Phillips, manager of the Anytime Fitness gym on the Lancaster bypass, said one of her relatives suffered from PTSD, and the program is “just something that touched my heart.”

  • Bent Creek breaks ground in IL

    About 25 people gathered in the 88-degree heat July 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Taylor Morrison’s newest development in Indian Land.

    Bent Creek, off Jim Wilson Road, is the developer’s second community in Indian Land.

    The first houses in it are expected to be completed in the late fall, said Kevin Granelli, president of Taylor Morrison’s Charlotte division.

    The community will consist of 272 homesites, with two- to six-bedroom homes ranging from 2,200 to 3,750-plus square feet, with prices starting in the $300,000s.