Today's News

  • McMaster orders coastal evacuation

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 1 million people in eight coastal S.C. counties beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.
    “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane, so we’re willing to suffer some inconvenience…. This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said at a Monday afternoon briefing.    

  • McMaster holds 2:30 p.m. brief on Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the state.
    Local officials are also meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Emergency Operations Center on White Street to discuss the storm, which intensified to Category 4, with winds in excess of 130 mph as it continues to bear down on the Carolina coast.

  • Column: S.C. agencies have amassed $484M in budget surpluses

    As S.C. lawmakers plan to push a massive borrowing bill next year, they likely won’t publicly talk about the fat reserves that some state agencies have accumulated – including their own chambers.
    State agencies collectively carried over $484.5 million in general funds into the fiscal year that started July 1, according to S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s year-end report on fiscal 2017-18.

  • Column: Who is running the country as Trump creates endless havoc?

    After the latest turmoil in Washington regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and others close to our president, I think now is definitely the time for change in our federal government.
    Soon, I believe, the evidence will emerge proving President Trump to be a liar, a womanizer, a bully, and a person who colluded with the Russians in order to become president. Mr. Trump wants to be the center of everyone’s attention and likes to have everything done his way. If not, he tends to create havoc.

  • 900 students attend state’s annual FFA convention

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Those who don’t believe in perpetual motion machines have never been to a South Carolina FFA convention.
    Take more than 900 high school students. Suit them up in spiffy, matching blue corduroy jackets. Pack them into a Clemson University auditorium and crank up the volume on the speakers.
    With all due respect to the first law of thermodynamics, energy indeed can be created.

  • Awash with watercolor

    The colors of nature filled the Native American Studies Center on Thursday evening with the unveiling of its new exhibit, “The View from My Window,” showcasing the work of Catawba artist DeAnn Beck.
    The vibrant display is a collection of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings depicting flowers, animals and landscapes, including scenes of the Catawba River.
    “It’s overwhelming, it’s exciting, it’s terrifying – all at the same time,” Beck said at the opening of the exhibit.

  • Spin Spittle Memorial set Saturday

    Michael Knight

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to host and honor one of the top drivers to ever race at LMS and any track in the Carolinas.

    The Spin Spittle Memorial for the Vintage Division is set for Saturday at the half-mile dirt oval.

    Spittle was a factor in any race car he raced in back in the day, always a fixture in victory lane.

    Spin’s son Marty Spittle has dominated the Vintage Division for years at LMS and has become one of the popular Vintage drivers.

  • Junior Bruins hold on for win

    The Lancaster Junior Bruins evened their football record at 1-1 on the season with a tough 22-20 win over the Nation Ford Junior Falcons at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

    The Junior Bruins, who trailed at the half 14-8, rallied in the second half and held on for the two-point win.

    Sean McCray, who had a big game to spark the Lancaster win, picked off a Falcons pass in the end zone to snuff a late NFHS threat.

    The Junior Falcons were able to get the ball back, but Lancaster stayed on top for the win.

  • Sports Talk: Jimbo’s made his final call

    I am not my brother’s keeper, so I’m not quite sure where he is today, the first Sunday of the 2018 NFL season.

    I know where he won’t be.

    Jimbo, my oldest brother, has made his last call in the NFL. He retired last spring along with six other officials, who hung up their whistles for the final time.

    Since the 1999 pro football season, he’s been at a NFL stadium to call a game, but not today. That’s 19 seasons, but for him that’s enough.

    Some years back I recall going to his home to watch a Super Bowl.

  • Pelham debuts, looks ahead

    C.D. Pelham’s Major League Baseball debut wasn’t a highlight memory maker, but he’s likely to fondly recall the occasion.

    Pelham, the former Lancaster High School and Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball star, made his big league debut Wednesday night in the Texas Rangers’ 9-3 home loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

    Pelham, 23, was promoted to the Rangers on Monday after the American League Western Division team purchased his contract from the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders.