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Today's News

  • Column: Orlando: Another case of human depravity

    We have just witnessed another horrific example of how depraved people can be.
    A lone gunman walks into an Orlando bar and opens fire. When it is over, 49 people are dead, and more than that number are wounded. Our prayers go out to the families of the murdered, and to those who survived.
    And now, all the questions begin to emerge. Why? Why do horrible things like this happen? What would motivate someone to carry out such a despicable act? How could someone have such a calloused heart? And, of course, why didn’t God prevent this from happening?

  • Remember When: Amid heat of summer, the ice man rolled along

    The sun was boiling. You know, just one of those Carolina scorchers when the air blew in dry gusts and the leaves on the elms between the sidewalk and street seemed to curl up like brittle weeds.
    I had a way of telling time based on the way things usually happened. It felt like about half past two. Of course a better way was listening for the sound of steel horseshoes plopping down on the street pavement. The ice wagon was coming.

  • Memories take flight

    A dozen butterflies were released Wednesday morning at Red Rose Park in the heart of Lancaster in honor of the late Mayor Joe Shaw, who served the city for 33 years.
    More than 30 citizens, city and county officials, garden club members and special guest Charlotte Shaw, widow of Joe Shaw, were in attendance to honor the former mayor.

  • Column: ‘Fabulous food, family fun, fantastic fellowship’

    As far back as I can remember, the Unity in the Community festival started on East Gay Street (The Hill) with some great gospel singing and was the highlight of the weekend.
    We had basketball games, table tennis, dunking booths and dancing in the parking lot and a variety of performers throughout the years. Free food and pounds of fish frying. People were in long lines waiting for the hot fish.
    It was a time for the Lancaster Fatherhood Project to give back to the community. There were great speakers to encourage the community to help each other and unify in spirit.

  • Dixie Baseball stars open district play

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball A (6U) stars will open play in the District 2 tournament in Union at the Timken Sports Complex June 16.

    The tournament continues to June 18.

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball A League (6U) all-stars are Lance Whitaker, Malkome Frye, Kaylen Waiters, Kamryn Cloud, Jaziel Campos, Emmanuel Noguera, Grayson Plyler, Dax Funderburk, Colt Funderburk, Caden Timmons, Brendan Belcher and Harley Kennington.

  • Piranhas fall to Tega Cay Breakers

    The Lancaster Piranhas dropped a 593-217 loss to Tega Cay in the team’s first meet in the new Metrolina League on Tuesday.

    Isabella Thorpe and Taylor Teague led the Lancaster swimmers with three wins each.

    Bristol Glenn, Amelia Wright, and Samuel Page had two wins apiece.

    Emmie Grace Johnson, Brayden Russell, Reece Earl, Tamra Tipton, Makenzy Mills and Alaina Houghtaling each had one first-place finish.

  • Juniors open golf play

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association opened its 21st season Monday at the Lancaster Golf Club with a competitive field.

    Buford High School golf standout “T” Sutton and Michael Long each posted a 76 to tie for the top spot in the boys 15-18 division.

    Sutton, an all-state golfer for the Yellow Jackets, had two birdies and 10 pars over 18 holes. Long notched a birdie and 12 pars.

  • Budget would raise Great Falls workers’ pay

    GREAT FALLS – Town of Great Falls employees will get a 4 percent raise if the proposed $1,097,672 budget gains second-reading approval. The proposed budget gained unanimous approval at the May 16 meeting.
    Councilman Glenn Smith said the budget contains no tax increase.
    Instead, a $1 monthly garbage fee increase will be added.
    “We chose not to raise taxes, but garbage fees will go up $1 a month. It has been eight years since garbage fees were adjusted,” Smith said.

  • Runoffs likely in county races if turnout low

    Early indications point toward low turnout in Lancaster County for Tuesday’s primary vote, which increases the likelihood of runoff elections for county auditor and county council District 1.
    As of noon Friday, less than 300 absentee ballots had been cast, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s elections director.
    Absentee ballots, she said, have always been an accurate gauge of voter interest, and such low numbers don’t support a large turnout.
    That has Hudson anticipating runoffs in both the county council and auditor’s races.

  • Holt’s defenders pounce on Willis

    Jerry Holt’s backers jumped to his defense this week, saying his ejection from the county planning commission spotlights a long-boiling dispute between Lancaster County’s desire for development and Panhandle residents’ insistence that growth be controlled.