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Today's News

  • Column: What survived in final budget: Key investments in state’s future

    The 2018 sitting of the S.C. General Assembly has wrapped up. The state budget for this upcoming fiscal year passed June 28. No budget is ever perfect, but we did invest in some critical needs areas. Below I go through some of those areas and other important bills that made it into law. 

    School salaries, safety

    This year, the General Assembly invested in our education system, increasing funding for both teacher pay and school safety.

  • LDB Ozone stars win district crown

    Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone League All-Stars competed in the District 2 Championship Tournament in Lewisville June 23 – 30.
    Lancaster, with a 3-2 win over Fort Mill, captured the tournament title to secure a state championship tournament bid.
    The Lancaster Ozone stars open play in the state tournament in Union at the Timken Complex on Saturday at noon when they face Greer. Opening ceremonies are today.
    Lancaster opened play June 23 when it beat Lewisville, 13-4.

  • Veteran coach Richardson to lead Indian Land girls hoops

    INDIAN LAND – Paul Richardson is a coach who has been around the block, and looking to put the Indian Land Lady Warriors back on main street.
    Richardson, who came to ILHS as the new girls basketball coach, has extensive coaching experience in high school sports.
    Prior to his selection as the Lady Warriors hoops coach, Richardson coached at nearby Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill where he was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator in football and wrestling coach.

  • Column: Let’s all return to civility in nation’s public debates

    My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of last Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

    I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become America’s next horrific shooting. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those shot at the Capital Gazette.

  • Column: An element of school reform that will take very hard work

    It was a tiny exchange in the Henry McMaster-John Warren debate that was remembered, if at all, for giving Mr. McMaster another laugh line.

    The governor was explaining that the key to improving education is economic growth and sort of vice versa when he announced: “And now that I will be in charge of appointing the superintendent of education, we’re going to get a lot more done in South Carolina in education reform.”

  • Bruins salute golf standouts

    The Class AAAA state champion Lancaster High School golf team honored a host of golfers at the team’s awards night Friday.
    Senior golfer Brady Hinkle, who has signed to play at Coastal Carolina University, was presented the team’s Leadership Award.
    Hinkle, the Bruins captain, was a five-time all-region golfer.
    Senior Nick Mangano received the team’s Most Congenial Award for his sportsmanship and positive approach among opponents. Mangano has signed to play golf at Belmont-Abbey University.

  • Cole captures first win in Extreme 4 at Lancaster Speedway

    Saturday was a night to remember for the a driver in the running for the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    Carl Cole has been around racing a long time, helping the likes of David Laney, Justin Laney, Lonnie Laney and Steven Saucier on their race cars throughout the years. Cole, a teammate to David Laney, has learned to drive the Extreme 4 cars from Laney, and on Saturday night all that knowledge from Laney paid off for Cole.
    Cole and Brad McManus were on the front row for the Extreme 4 main event.

  • Thornwell on Clippers summer roster

    LAS VEGAS – Former Lancaster High School basketball star Sindarius Thornwell is on the roster for the Los Angeles Clippers NBA Summer League.
    The Clippers announced their roster and schedule for the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
    The team also includes 2018 draftees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson as well as current Clippers Jawun Evans and  Thornwell.

  • President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • Vincent-Pentecost Engagement

    Dale and Fran Vincent of Heath Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Elyse Vincent to Prentiss Jacob Pentecost, both of Rock Hill.

    The wedding is planned for April 28, 2019 in Lancaster.

    Miss Vincent is the granddaughter of Bernadine C. King of Lancaster and the late James C. King Jr., and the late Benjamin and Corrie Vincent, of Kershaw. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is a S.C. DHEC environmental health manager for the Division of Food Protection.