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Today's News

  • Sen. Graham backs suspending tariffs on Canadian newsprint

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has co-sponsored legislation to suspend the new tariffs on imported newsprint from Canada.

    Newspaper and printing executives have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – jeopardize the viability of the industry.

    Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King introduced the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018, more commonly called the Print Act.

    The bill has 10 co-sponsors. 

  • Duracell employee airlifted to hospital

    A Duracell employee was injured on the job Monday when he became trapped between a large moving container and a piece of machinery.

    The man was quickly freed by the company’s in-house safety team, said Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan, whose crew responded to the emergency.

    “He was conscious and alert,” McLellan said. “The safety team had him out and packaged on a backboard and ready for transport when we got there.”

  • Post 31 stalwart Gene Wallace dies at 86

    Gene Wallace, a quiet fixture at Lancaster’s American Legion Post 31 for four decades, died Saturday. He was 86. 

    “The man lived and breathed the American Legion and loved veterans,” said Scott Cato, a Post 31 member and JROTC instructor at Buford High School.

    “Gene put forth tremendous effort in everything he did, and did it with old-school hard work.” 

  • Mom, uncle of 1 suspect charged in murder case

    The mother and uncle of one of the defendants in the May 10 Kershaw murder have been arrested, accused of transporting the three suspects away from the area shortly after the double shooting.

    Latoshia Marie Kirkland, 41, and William James Jones, 55, were arrested Monday and charged with misprision of a felony. Jones is also charged with accessory after the fact of murder. 

    Misprision of a felony, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years, is knowing about a crime but not telling authorities.

  • Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

    Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.

    Parnell, who lost a close 5th District special election to Republican Ralph Norman last June, did not deny the abuse, which surfaced in documents from his 1974 divorce. 

    He called his long-ago actions “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” but he refused to withdraw from the race. 

  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS. 

  • Renegade Division racing for Helms Memorial checkers

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to honor the late Robbie Helms in Renegade Division action Saturday night at the half-mile dirt track.

    The Robbie Helms Memorial is a 17-lap main event that pays $1,700 to the winner and $117 for checkers in one of two Renegade heat races.

    Fans might ponder the “17” and what it has to do with the race Saturday night at LMS.

    Helms, who died in December, made number famous as he pulled his No. 17 race car into victory lane more than once in his local racing career.

  • Union downs Lancaster Post 31 in season opener

    Union Post 22 built a 5-0 lead through three innings on the way to a 10-2 win over Lancaster Post 31 in the League V Legion baseball opener Monday night at the  Timken Sports Complex in Union.

    Lancaster, led by first-year head coach Jimmy Jackson, out-hit Post 22 by a 9-6 margin, but the host team used seven errors, six walks and three hit batters to key its eight-run win.

  • Yellow Jackets sixth in AA state field

    The Region IV-AA champion Buford High School golf team placed sixth in the Class AA state tournament at the Mount Vintage Golf Club in North Augusta last week.

    The Jackets shot a 341 in the tournament, which was shortened to one day due to rain and thunderstorms.

    Caleb Henson shot a 73 to finish fourth in the individual medalist competition. Henson’s 73 earned him a Class AA all-state selection.

    Anthony “T” Sutton followed with a 79 and Chandler King posted an 89. Michael McCowan finished with a 100.

  • Gold tops Blue in LHS spring football game

    The Gold generated two scores to take a 12-0 win in the annual Lancaster High School spring football game at Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.

    The Gold, the LHS offense, struck first as veteran quarterback Kemarkio Cloud hit receiver Phillip Mickles on an 11-yard scoring pass for a 6-0 edge. 

    Running back Ason’ta Clark set up the scoring drive with a 50-yard dash to the Blue 30. 

    Nygel Moore had a four-yard run to the Blue 11 to set up Cloud’s touchdown pass to Mickles.