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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office to raise money for 2 employees’ medical costs

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will hold a hotdog fundraiser next Wednesday, July 20, for two employees who have sons with costly medical conditions.
    “Both children have conditions that will require repeated and continual medical care and visits,” Maj. Matt Shaw said Thursday. “The families have had to travel to medical facilities outside of local area.”

  • Great Flood of 1916

    One hundred years ago this week, no one here knew history-making floodwaters were barreling down from the N.C. mountains toward Lancaster County. And by the time they arrived, it was too late to warn anybody.
    “The old-timers from here who witnessed it called it the greatest flood since Noah,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus, explaining how three mid-July days in 1916 changed life along the Catawba River. “At the time, nobody had ever seen anything quite like it.”

  • Speedway to host Crook Memorial this week

    Michael Knight
    For The Lancaster News
    Lancaster Super Speedway will host the third-annual Ralph W. “Buddy” Crook Memorial on July 16.
    Known as one of the area’s most popular and respected dirt racers by fans and fellow drivers alike, Crook raced in several divisions, including hobby six cylinders, four cylinders at the high-banked, half-mile dirt track for more than three decades. He died in February 2014 after a battle with cancer and the memorial race is held in his honor.

  • Inman ousts Post 31 to advance

    Inman’s American Legion Post 45 swept Lancaster’s Post 31 this week in three straight games during the second round of the S.C. American Legion Upper State baseball playoffs.
    On Tuesday night in Lancaster, Inman shut down Lancaster for an 11-0 win.
    Then on Wednesday, Post 45 won a two-day rain-delayed deadlocked game, 5-4, on a single by Hunter Gneisig in the bottom of the 10th inning.
    Post 31 never got a chance to swing a bat in the delayed part of the contest, since Inman was the home team.

  • DISTRICT CHAMPS

    YORK – The Lancaster Dixie Baseball 14U Dixie Boys All Stars have punched their tickets to next week’s state tournament in Aiken.
    The local all-star team defeated the host York All Stars team, 15-0, in three innings of play Tuesday night to win the 2016 S.C. District 10 Dixie Boys championship.
    Good pitching still beats good hitting, but when both come together at once, watch out, said All Stars coach Jimmy Jackson.
    And the numbers do tell the story.

  • 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.