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Today's News

  • It’s time to select S.C. party nominees

    The statewide primaries are coming up Tuesday, with five races appearing on Lancaster County ballots, including the governor’s contest and the U.S. House race.
    Registered voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries, regardless of political affiliation, because South Carolina is an open primary state. You simply select the party you wish to vote in, and use that ballot to vote. Both primaries are on the same day. All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    If needed, runoffs will be held June 26.

  • VW takes aim against litter, junk

    Keep it clean, Van Wyck.
    The small – but growing – new town in Lancaster County’s Panhandle is aiming to keep its bucolic nature intact.
    At its June 4 town council meeting, members gave unanimous first-reading consent for new rules governing the appearance and upkeep of property and prohibitions against litter.
    The new rules, which will require at least one more council approval before taking effect, will basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county.

  • YouthBuild wins state litter awards

    With Lancaster County struggling this year to keep roadsides clear of rubbish after losing its state-prison labor, YouthBuild has been one of many groups stepping up to keep Lancaster clean.
    The nonprofit has committed so much time to the effort that it has received two awards from the S.C. Department of Transportation. YouthBuild received the regional award and was named Group of the Year for the third straight year at the Adopt-A-Highway Program’s 30th-annual awards celebration last month.

  • CPTC shines in Charlotte meet

    The Columbus Parker Track Club (CPTC) participated in the Charlotte Flights Invitational on May 5 at UNC Charlotte.

    The CPTC took 37 of the 42 athletes for 2018 and they competed against 1,000 athletes.

    This event was a developmental meet with AAU and USAT&F members competing together.

    The meet is a good indication of the talent we have on the team when the athletes do well at this track meet.

    Athletes had to place in the top six to receive an award and below are the winners.

  • ‘Wild Bill,’ ‘Big Show’ highlight Saturday night LMS racing action

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will host a regular night of racing action with two highlights of the night Saturday evening.

    One track attraction is “Wild Bill” Knight and the other is Kenneth Deese, “The Big Show.”

    In the SECA Crate Sportsman Division, Knight has dominated the competition the past three races with three straight checkers.

    The rule has been the same for numerous years at LMS. If a driver wins three races in a row in any division, then the following race the driver has to start in the rear of the field.

  • Host of swimmers keyed Piranhas win

    The Lancaster County Piranhas opened the 2018 summer swim season with a home win over the Lake Wylie Gators on Monday at the Lancaster County Pool.

    The LC Piranhas, in the win over the LW Gators, were led by Fletcher Armbrust, Isabella Ihm, Reece Walker, Nathan Reid, Devan R. Gelpke, Dabney Trimnal, Isabella Thorpe, Ryder Lucas and Bristol Glenn with three wins each.

    Matt Prete, Richard Gardner, Emmie Grace Johnson, Olivia Thorpe and Ashton Cutts each had two wins for the Piranhas.

  • Warriors honor wrestling stars

    Indian Land High School’s Solomon Cortez and Austin Ross earned top honors at the annual Warriors wrestling awards banquet earlier this spring.

    Cortez and Ross won the Warrior Wrestler of the Year Award.

    The Warriors, who posted a school-record 27-4 mark and won the Region IV-AAA championship and finished as the Class AAA Upstate runner-up, honored a host of wrestlers.

    Ross, a junior, captured the Class AAA 113-pound state championship after winning the 106-pound weight class as a sophomore.

  • After 40 years, I bet my class can still party

    I’m about to enjoy two treats this weekend that are few and far between.
    First and foremost, the Lancaster High School Class of 1978 is marking its 40th anniversary with a reunion celebration on Saturday.
    That means a dance where real music, such as Meat Loaf’s “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Denise Williams, will rule the night. If we’re lucky, we will have that dull speaker hum ringing in our ears when we get home. 

  • The scramble to find little Harlee

    When Breanna Lewis called Chesterfield County 911 on the early afternoon of May 29, her voice alternated between calmness and screaming.
    She told a dispatcher that a man confronted her at her mailbox on Jackson Road, northeast of Chesterfield, made sexual advances, assaulted her and then grabbed her child off her hip. He fled in a gold or tan SUV.
    911 officials immediately called the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. As investigators went to the scene, the dispatcher kept Lewis on the phone, getting as much information as possible.

  • Parnell still in it to win it

    Embattled Democrat Archie Parnell announced Wednesday afternoon that he will stay in the June 12 party primary for the 5th Congressional District race, despite domestic-abuse revelations from four decades ago.
    In an apologetic video posted on his Facebook page, Parnell said, “I hit my ex-wife and another person in a state of rage. No excuse can justify what I did. I hurt her. I was wrong.”
    It’s the first time the Sumter Democrat has addressed the controversy that eroded much of his support base last month and led his paid campaign staffers to quit.