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Today's News

  • For longtime speedway owner, it was about more than racing

    FORT LAWN – Herbert Murray loved dirt racing so much that he bought his own racetrack.
    The Fort Lawn resident, who owned Lancaster Motor Speedway from 1986 to 2002, died Sunday at his home after a bout with cancer. He was 80.
    “Herbert is the best friend that I ever had,” said Sherrill Haney. “He called me to come see him last Tuesday. We talked for a long time, and for about 15 minutes, we just held hands as he cried. Leaving that day was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.”

  • LSPCA eyes office space, a change in its emphasis

    The Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is raising money to buy office space on Lancaster’s Main Street, equipped with a spay-and-neuter clinic and an emergency pet-food pantry.
    LSPCA Director Diana Knight said having a physical place to call home has been a dream of the nonprofit for a while.
    “We’re all very excited about what we’re doing,” Knight said. “We want to make things better for dogs and cats in Lancaster County. We are trying to stop all of the animals ending up in shelters with no homes.”

  • Mulvaney: We’re ready for the fight, and Trump wins it

    COLUMBIA – Mick Mulvaney, a fixture at the president’s side and on network news programs, came home to South Carolina on Friday to address the state GOP’s annual Silver Elephant Gala.
    The acting White House chief of staff, a former 5th District congressman from Indian Land, was flanked by Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham at the event, which drew more than 750 staunch supporters of the Republican Party.

  • Chavis charged in Feb. 9 murder

    After half a year on the run, the suspect in the February murder of Jamal Gladden turned himself in to authorities over the weekend.

  • Marion captures first win on 2019 season

    “The Gentleman,” James Marion, finally saw his bad luck end Saturday night, taking the Renegade win at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    After numerous blown motors, wrecks and just plain bad luck happening to the driver of the No. 75 machine on the 2019 racing season, this win was sweet for him.
    For most of the race, Richard Montgomery led, while Brandy Baker, Brady Kirk and Marion followed.
    Montgomery held off every challenge.
    Marion hounded Montgomery for the lead, pulling up beside him on numerous occasions.

  • County schools launch football drills

    Lancaster County high school football teams kicked off drills with coaches encouraged by the early practices.
    Lancaster got the jump on the teams with a morning practice Friday to open a weekend mini-camp at the Rice Athletic Complex.
    Buford, Andrew Jackson and Indian Land followed with late afternoon practices Friday.
    Teams were back at it Saturday.
    Lancaster interim coach Marcus Surratt said the Bruins are working well with their early sessions.

  • Thornwell signs with Cavaliers

    Former Lancaster Bruins basketball star Sindarius Thornwell has a new NBA home.
    Thornwell, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers two seasons before being released July 6, signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
    Thornwell, a 6-5 wing with a 6-10 wingspan, was released when the Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in roster moves.
    Thornwell, regarded as a strong defensive player, is expected to play small forward for the Cavaliers of NBA’s Eastern Conference Central Division.

  • 'We've got to stop the violence'

    Award-winning local artist Bob Doster brought home the top prize from this year’s Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition in Boone, N.C., with a piece dedicated to the victims of mass shootings nationwide.
    Doster’s sculpture “A Memorial” will be set up at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on Appalachian State University’s campus for a year. The piece features five separate 10- to 12-foot-tall posts, created out of more than 1,600 human-shaped figures. Each figure represents a person killed in a mass shooting since 2014.

  • Guest Column: Navigating utility crisis is key to S.C. energy future

    Two years ago, South Carolina received the worst financial news in its history.
    Santee Cooper and its partner SCE&G were abandoning construction of two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, leaving the utilities $4 billion and $5 billion in debt, respectively.
    For most of the following two years, the utilities battled their critics who opposed ratepayers being made to pay any of the nuclear debt. Most believe the debacle resulted from the utilities’ poor management decisions, public deceit and possible criminal behavior.

  • Guest Column: Trump’s rants convince me he is a racist

    Generally, successful protests for changes in government policies come from the bottom. Citizens gain strength through a groundswell of protests that finally convince Congress to change course.