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Today's News

  • Schools OK spending plan

    The school board Tuesday night unanimously passed a $110.6 million budget for fiscal 2018-19 that includes pay raises and an increase in per-pupil funding.
    The budget, which is up $7.9 million from this year, has a 1-percent raise for all Lancaster County School District employees except substitute teachers and miscellaneous hourly workers.
    Homeowners will see a property tax decrease from the budget, but there’s a tax increase for business owners.

  • Wreck kills Australian OceanaGold executive

    An OceanaGold executive from Australia died before dawn Monday when her pickup truck hit a dump truck head-on on Gold Mine Highway in eastern Lancaster County.
    Raylene Joan Greenhill, 61, was a corporate health and safety manager for the parent company of Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine.
    “We are shocked and deeply saddened,” OceanaGold President Mick Wilkes said in a press release Monday from the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. “This is a huge loss to us all.”

  • Rec-bond amount soars to $14M

    Two big-ticket financial matters won unanimous votes from Lancaster County Council on Monday.
    The council gave final approval to the county’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which includes a property tax increase and employee pay raises.
    And council members approved the second of three readings on the ordinance placing a recreation bond referendum on the November ballot, with the amount rising to $14 million from $11 million after cost estimates for two of the five projects increased.

  • 2 guilty in armory weapons heist

    Two Lancaster residents have pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges after they were caught in November with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other weapons and items stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, pleaded guilty to possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon.

  • Foursome’s 54 nets IL Rotary Club golf tournament win

    The winning foursome shot a sizzling 18 under to take the win in the annual Indian Land Rotary Club golf tournament at the Carolina Lakes Golf Club on May 10.

    The winning team, with a 54, included Brian Cogan, Bryce Miller, Matt Powlowski and Mark Robinson.

    Miller highlighted the winning team’s effort with a hole-in-one on number 12.

    The field featured 16 foursomes, 64 players.

    The runner-up team, with a 17-under 55, included Adam Cooper, Damien Bourgeious, Dominic Picirillo and Adam Polsock.

  • Piranhas fourth in Metrolina Finale

    The Lancaster County Piranhas closed their 2018 summer swim league campaign, competing in the Metrolina Finale at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center in Rock Hill on Saturday.

    The Piranhas placed fourth overall with 587 points. The Piranhas girls were third with 351 points, and the LC boys were fourth with 236.

    The Tega Cay Breakers paced the field with 1,163 points, followed by the River Hill Sharks with 870, Rock Hill Country Club 675, Lancaster Piranhas 587 and Landing Gators 241.

  • Rock Hill tops Lancaster

    Lancaster Post 31 capped Legion baseball League V regular-season play, dropping three games to Rock Hill Post 34.

    In game three Monday night in Lancaster, Post 34 took a 14-1 win at Eggleton Field.

    William Wrape led 3-9 Lancaster with a single and scored a run. Logan Phillips drilled a double and Anson Taylor had a single.

    Rock Hill scored 14 runs on 13 hits.

    Post 31 committed four errors and allowed one walk in the loss.

  • Knight Memorial draws packed house, huge car count

    The Phillip Knight Memorial drew a packed house in the grandstands and pits Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    The attendance was announced as the second largest crowd on the season as well as the second largest car count this season.

    Phillip Knight is my late father, and our family thanks all involved, including sponsors, LMS staff members, fans and the race car drivers for making my dad’s memorial race a huge success.

  • McMaster, Wilson win GOP primaries

    Lancaster County Republicans stuck with the two incumbents in Tuesday’s party runoffs for governor and state attorney general, both of whom won their respective races across the state.
    In the governor’s race, Henry McMaster received 3,522 votes (76 percent) to John Warren’s 1,139 votes (24 percent) in Lancaster County.
    In the AG race, Alan Wilson received 2,544 votes (59 percent) to challenger Todd Atwater’s 1,753 votes (41 percent) here.

  • Follow state Republican runoff results tonight

    Voters can follow the local results of the S.C. Republican Party primary runoff for governor and state attorney general Tuesday night on Twitter @GregSummersTLN. We will be posting the results and updates as the votes are tallied at the elections office inside the Lancaster County Administration Building.
    Once all the statewide results are available late Tuesday, we will post them at www.thelancasternews.com.  
    Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster faces Greenville businessman John Warren in the GOP nomination for governor.