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Today's News

  • Guest Column: Follow the rules to ensure safe, legal outdoor burning

    Some of us really enjoy rural living, while others enjoy being close to their neighbors.
    Lancaster County has changed so much, but some things remain the same. Outdoor burning has always been a way of life for many people. Enjoying a cool autumn night by the outdoor fireplace, or raking leaves and picking up dead limbs to burn in a fire pit.
    Outdoor burning can be enjoyable to all if we follow a few simple rules.
    In 2008, Lancaster County adopted a burning ordinance to allow for the safe burning of residential yard debris. It requires only a few things:

  • Guest Column: Checklist of new laws on books from ’19 session

    It seems that as quickly as it began, the 2019 S.C. General Assembly session has ended. A lot of good legislation became law this year, some of which I cosponsored. Some highlights:
    ◆ Veterans’ cabinet agency – This law will create a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs with a secretary appointed by the governor. This will give veterans a much stronger advocate in state government.

  • Student lender awarding grants to programs that help students

    From release
    The nonprofit S.C. Student Loan Corp. this week launched Power:Ed, a new program that will award grants to nonprofits, colleges and organizations that help S.C. students succeed in school, careers and life.
    The program will focus on helping high school and college students prepare for the next phase of life, whether it be securing a quality job, going to technical college or getting accepted to a four-year college.

  • Pittman, Tinsley tabbed for top 100 camp Sunday

    Two members of the Lancaster High School boys basketball team have been invited to participate in the top 100 Camp at Richland Northeast High School on Sunday.
    The LHS duo includes junior standouts, guard Omazeon “Dude” Tinsley and forward Janyle Pittman.
    The camp is held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tinsley and Pittman were named to the All-Region III-AAAA team as selected by the league coaches last season.
    The LHS pair shared the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player Award for the 2018-19 season.

  • Parrott edges Sowell for S.C. Amateur Match Play title

    Staff, media reports
    Jack Parrott of Columbia defeated Kershaw native Logan Sowell in 21 holes to claim the 47th S.C. Amateur Match Play Championship at the Columbia Country Club on Sunday.
    The tournament was held June 12-16.
     “I had to trust myself and know that I could pull off the shots if I needed. Thankfully I just did, at least through 18 holes and was able to go on and win in extras,” said Parrott, a junior member of the University of South Carolina golf team out of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia.

  • Springdale Park to host Dixie Softball District 2 tournament

    The Dixie Softball District 2 all-star tournament takes center stage this weekend at the Springdale Recreation Complex.
    The facility, located at 260 South Plantation Road in Lancaster, will host games starting Saturday, with play to continue through Tuesday.
    “We have put in a great deal of work to be prepared for the tournament,” said said Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Sports Supervisor Morgan Blackmon. “We’re looking forward to hosting the tournament. Our teams are excited about playing on our home fields.”

  • Juniors fall to Rock Hill, drop third straight loss

    The Lancaster American Legion junior baseball team has hit a diamond snag.
    The P-31 juniors fell to 5-4, dropping their third straight League V defeat Thursday night, a 9-0 loss to Rock Hill at Eggleton Field.
    Lancaster managed only three hits in the game, with Josh Ribelin leading the way with two hits, including a double.
    Tyler Vespe added the other Lancaster hit.
    Ashton Phillips, the P-31 starter, went four frames and didn’t yield a run.

  • A League stars district champs

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball A League 6U all-stars, ages 4-6, are set to defend their state championship.
    The A League stars, who won the first-ever A League all-stars state title last summer, are going after another state title.
    A year ago, the LDB A League stars rolled to the state title with a 5-0 mark, capping the run with a 23-8 win over Greer at the Midland Baseball Complex in Pine Springs of Lexington County.

  • Burglary probe leads to 4 arrests, including drug, weapon charges

    Three Lancaster residents and a Rock Hill man were arrested last week on an assortment of charges including burglary, drug possession and a weapon violation, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    Last Saturday, owners of a home on Flat Creek Road reported that the property had been burglarized during the preceding week and was missing many collectable “picker” items, according to a sheriff’s statement.

  • Kershaw budget includes no tax hike, but water rates up

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously gave final approval to the fiscal 2019-20 budget this week, with no tax increase for property owners but a hike in water rates.
    The $3.8 million budget, which council passed Monday night for the fiscal year that starts July 1, is about $100,000 less than the current budget.
    “We tried to cut where we could and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.