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Today's News

  • These four guys were fabulous

    Over last weekend, I heard the familiar phrase, “We lost some good men out there.”
    In reflecting over the last few weeks, those words have resonated with me.
    Think about it, and consider the likes of Danny Crolley, Gene Wallace, Charles Mathis and Furman Hance.
    Lancaster, in relation to sports, wouldn’t be where it is without those selfless men, who, in baseball terms, stepped to the plate and delivered each time, even with a wicked curve tossed their way.

  • LHS tennis repeats region title

    The two-time Region III-AAAA champion Lancaster High School boys tennis team celebrated its banner season with its annual awards night May 16.
    The Bruins, led by second-year head coach Ray Sapp, went 11-3, including a 9-1 record in region play.
    Lancaster’s lone region loss came in a 4-2 defeat at York High School, but the Bruins, in the rematch, registered a 6-0 win over the Cougars.

  • Norrell’s greatest skill: Connecting

    Retired couple Carol Edens and Ed Epps chatted with Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith for a few minutes Wednesday at an Irish pub in Spartanburg.
    Then Edens asked about “that 15-year-old girl” who was campaigning with him for lieutenant governor.
    “Oh, she’s young,” Smith said. “But she’s a good egg, with an old soul.”
    Smith moved on, and Mandy Powers Norrell sat down at their table with a bright, wide smile, locking eyes individually with the man and then the woman.

  • USDA lends Upper Palmetto Y $296,000 for Indian Land facility

    Indian Land is one step closer to getting its own YMCA.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced May 16 that it is loaning Upper Palmetto YMCA nearly $300,000 to help pay for a 74,000-square-foot YMCA, with an outdoor sports and play area on more than 15 acres.
    The facility is expected to bring in more than 120 jobs, according to the USDA release.
    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes says the USDA loan may be enough to get the project moving in the right direction, but just buying the land could cost at least $1.5 million.

  • USCL is reaching out to IL this fall

    USC Lancaster is expanding to a satellite location in Indian Land, offering several courses at Indian Land High School this fall.
    “Over the years we have really worked hard to reach out to the Indian Land community,” USCL Dean Walt Collins said Thursday. “We’re just excited, very excited, to be in Indian Land and have a presence here.
    “We want to help students be successful – whatever students that come our way.”

  • ‘It’s important to understand they risked everything for us’

    Thursday classes ended at 11:30 a.m. for Buford High, but the learning continued for seven of its JROTC cadets.
    They spent much of the midday under a baking sun placing American flags on the markers of military veterans buried at Lancaster’s Memorial Park in preparation for Sunday’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. And they volunteered to do it.
    The significance of the task wasn’t lost on 16-year-old Dakota “Blaze” Hegler.

  • Hail to the grads!

    More than 850 graduates across Lancaster County took a big step into adulthood during high school commencements Friday.
    Graduates from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools flipped their tassels in front of loving family members, classmates and friends. Carolina Christian Academy held its commencement Thursday night.
    AJHS started off the graduation day with 158 graduates walking across the stage. They threw their caps in the air and had a silly-string fight, as Principal Alex Dabney made it official.

  • Buford, Lancaster graduation ceremonies moved inside

    Due to the possibiity of threatening weather this evening, the Lancaster County School District has moved the Buford High School and Lancaster High School graduation ceremonies inside. To get in either ceremony, you must have a ticket.  The BHS ceremony is 6 p.m. in the school gym at 4290 Tabernacle Road. The Lancaster High ceremony is 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, 617 Normandy Road.

  • Column: Norman: The next tax reform should be cuts for our troops

    It has been just over four months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, and the nation is already feeling the positive effects of pro-growth tax reform.
    Americans are seeing the fastest wage gains in the private sector in a decade. We are seeing the fastest growth in capital expenditures since 2011. The unemployment rate is the lowest in 18 years at 3.9 percent. Business optimism is through the roof, and consumer confidence is high.

  • Column: Raising ticket prices hurts the athletes’ families most

    I am writing in regards to the article published in your paper Sunday pertaining to the school board members’ vote to increase the admission price for school sporting events by $1.
    That does not sound like very much. But to the parent of three, four or maybe five kids, it is a very big deal, especially if your child/children participate in multiple sports.