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Today's News

  • Skyrocketing health premiums plague city

    The city of Lancaster and its 170-plus employees will pay 35 percent higher health insurance premiums next year, after a recent handful of large individual payouts to city employees worsened Lancaster’s rating with the state’s public-employee insurer.
    The city staff and Lancaster City Council are taking a close look at the changes, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017, as the municipality works through the proposed 2016-17 fiscal budget. By law, the city cannot pass along the entire increase to employees. It will be paying 35 percent more, just like them.

  • Column: A pat on the back for Dr. Kumar

    Our good Lord works in mysterious ways! I had just left my son’s house at Cedar Pines Lake and started home to work in my yard, and something told me to go by and check on my friend and brother-in-law Louie Belk.
    As I came up to his house, my phone ran, and Louie said, “Sherrill, where are you? I have fallen and I’m bleeding and I need to go to the doctor!” I told him, “Louie, I’m here at your back door now.”

  • Column: Sounds stupid, but practice shaking hands

    Editor’s note: Rick Jiran, vice president of community relations for Duke Energy in South Carolina, gave the commencement address at Limestone College in Gaffney last Thursday. Here’s some of his advice on job hunting.

    Companies aren’t looking for reasons to hire you. They are looking for reasons not to hire you.

  • Warriors in state title match

    Indian Land is on its way to the Class AA boys state title match for the fifth straight season.

    Indian Land, 17-5, posted its fifth straight Class AA Upstate soccer title with a 2-1 win over Powdersville at the Warriors' Reservation on Tuesday night.

    The PHS Patroits struck first with a goal on a penalty kick, but IL responded with a clutch goal from Garrett Gerdes off a Brandon Jacob assist. The Warriors' decisive goal came on Mason Huebsch's goal off a header.

    Indian Land outshot the Patriots, 18-5.

  • Lancers drop first loss in Region X tourney

    Pitt Community College edged USC Lancaster, 7-5 to force an extra game for the NJCAA Region X baseball tournament crown on Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C.

    USCL, 38-20, entered Tuesday night play as the tourney's lone unbeaten in the double elimination field, before falling to the Bulldogs.

    USCL and Pitt, who each have one loss, will play today at noon to decide the 2016 Region X tournament champion.

    The tournament winner advances to the Eastern District tournament hosted by the Region XV champion on May 20.

  • Annual Blackwell tourney has special tribute

    A beautiful spring day greeted 111 golfers April 30 when they competed in the 15th annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    The team of Jerry Pardue, Shane Brewer, AJ golf coach Heath Brewer, and AJ golf standout Logan Sowell topped the 28-team captain’s choice field, carding a low-net score of 48.4.

  • Walters signs with NGU Crusaders

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School boys’ basketball sharpshooter Corey Walters has hit a bull’s eye with the North Greenville University men’s basketball program.
    Walters, a three-year starter at AJ and two-time All-Region IV-AA pick and All-Lancaster County hoops selection by The Lancaster News, is taking his game to Tigerville.
    Walters, with family, friends, coaches and teammates watching, made it official Wednesday in the AJ media center where he signed with the NGU Crusaders.

  • Dreher ends LHS boys’ soccer run

    Dreher of Columbia put the brakes on the Lancaster High boys’ Class AAA postseason run, taking a 3-1 win at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
    Ian Devin scored two goals and Derian McKnight tallied the Blue Devils’ other goal in the DHS road victory.
    Dreher improved to 22-1 with the road win. The Blue Devils hosted Midlands rival A.C. Flora on Saturday.
    Zeke Williams scored the Bruins’ lone goal.

  • Mama had a special way with her words

    Can’t quite recall the situation on our way to Rice Elementary that
    morning, but it seems in the area of Woodland Drive and Laurel Court, Mama, at the wheel of our family station wagon, offered some sage advice.
    I wasn’t feeling quite up to par and school, to say the least, wasn’t my top priority that morning, but Mama, not about to turn the car around, gave me a good verbal dose to get me “turned around” as we drew closer and closer to Rice.
    “Robert, know what President Kennedy says?”

  • Vols card region golf title

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers golf team added another jewel to their Region IV-AA links crown.
    The Vols notched their fourth straight region golf championship, posting a two-day 619 (300-319) to win the Region IV-AA golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    AJ senior Caleb Brown, who has signed to play golf at Spartanburg Methodist College, led the 37-3 Vols with a 148 (75-73) on Thursday.
    “I’m so proud of Caleb,” AJ coach Heath Brewer said. “He played awesome over two days at the tournament.