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Today's News

  • Deputy collapses during training, dies

    Sheriff’s Deputy James Kirk Jr., a 28-year veteran of Lancaster County law enforcement, died Tuesday after he collapsed during firearms training. He was 57.
    Kirk was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he later died from an apparent medical condition, according to a statement from sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw issued at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday. The specific cause of death has not been released.

  • Column: SCANA puts shareholders’ interests ahead of ratepayers’

    A few weeks back, I asked a stock analyst how it made sense that SCANA had issued $87.5 million in quarterly dividends on the same day it reported a quarterly loss of $445 million, as a result of its decision to abandon construction of two nuclear reactors.
    Oh, that $445 million was a one-time cost, he explained, and SCANA is still a very healthy company, so there would be no justification for reducing or refusing to pay dividends. He was very patient, but he simply could not understand why I could not understand his point.

  • ‘Reach back, help somebody else’

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    On Sunday, the Delta Life Development Center was a blaze of red as sorority members gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    The center was filled with emotion as familiar friends reunited in celebration.
    The Deltas could be described as women with a mission. For 50 years Lancaster’s chapter of Delta Sigma Theta has dedicated itself to public service and improvement.

  • Nothing could be cuter!

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation workers on Tuesday rescued a tiny, female fawn that they found alone beside a Springdale Park creek swollen by heavy rains.
    “One of the maintenance guys was cutting the grass back behind the baseball fields, and it just came up on him,” said Hal Hiott, Lancaster County parks and recreation director. “It had to be only two or three days old, and it could barely walk.

  • City council agrees to pitch in for proposed greenway grant

    Perhaps by this time next year, area residents and visitors will have a better and safer opportunity to enjoy the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.
    Lancaster City Council has agreed to earmark $100,000 in hospitality tax funds as part of a grant request that would add a sidewalk and other amenities along Woodland Drive from White Street to Lancaster High School.
    The hospitality tax is a 2-percent sales tax on all prepared foods and beverages served within the city limits. It’s a stated city goal to leverage such tax proceeds to improve the Greenway.

  • Moving deluge down the river

    After significant rainfall across both Carolinas this past Sunday and Monday, the Catawba River Basin is struggling to move all of that water down to the flatlands.
    Duke Energy on Wednesday opened gates at the Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek dams, to alleviate the buildup of water runoff from across the Piedmont and the mountains. The power company is expecting Lake Wateree to rise and eventually spill, but the lake is not expected to go above 101 feet.

  • Lancaster’s Dr. Jairy Hunter retires as university president

    By 1989, at age 42, Dr. Jairy Hunter Jr. had accomplished what he had set out to do as president of what was then called Baptist College at Charleston.
    In five years, the Lancaster native had rescued the school from financial crisis, charted it on a steady path and was ready for his next career move – perhaps returning to a larger, secular university.
    But all that changed when Hunter heard a passage from his mother’s diary, read during her funeral.

  • Extreme 4 race tops LMS card Saturday

    The Lancaster Motor Speedway’s Extreme 4 Division will host the track’s top race Saturday night, the M&M Garage Muffler & Tire Extreme 4 Shootout paying $1,100 to win.

    The Extreme 4 Division will be racing for $1,000 thanks to track sponsor and former Extreme 4 racer, Mel Privette of M&M Garage Muffler & Tire.

    The race format is two heat races, with the top 10 advancing to the main event from each heat race. All others will be going to the consi races, with the top four from consi going to the main event.

  • Bruins netters repeat as region champs

    Nathan Lowery

    For The Lancaster News

    The Lancaster High boys’ tennis team, coming off a banner region championship season, used their returning experienced players to help the Bruins earn back-to-back Region III-AAAA championships this spring.

    “We were lucky to only lose one player after last year,” LHS boys tennis coach Ray Sapp said. “After last year, I felt confident.”

  • Lady Warriors rip York

    The Indian Land Lady Warriors forged a 6-0 halftime lead on the way to a 10-0 home win over Class AAAA foe York on Wednesday.

    York is ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA girls soccer.

    Kelsey Long had four goals, while Summer Bishop tallied three goals.

    Brianna Bishop netted two goals and Kailee Erwin added one.

    The Lady Warriors had 27 shots to seven for York.

    ILHS keeper Emma Thompson tallied four saves. Shelby Ryberg teamed with Thompson for the shutout.