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Today's News

  • Tough tourney preps Indian Land for playoffs

    Mac Banks
    Special to The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – Dropping three straight games to finish the regular season is not how any baseball team wants to end things, but that is exactly what the Indian Land High School Warriors will have to live with until the Class 3-A playoffs start.
    The Warriors lost all three games they played during the Queen City Invitational, a tournament in which they hosted.

  • Column: Bill would create another guarantee for utility debt

    A bill currently in a S.C. Senate subcommittee would guarantee a refinancing of SCANA’s debt by authorizing a new ratepayer charge.
    Under S.110, the Public Service Commission (PSC – the utility regulatory body accountable to lawmakers) could authorize SCANA to refinance its remaining debt from the failed nuclear project, or to refinance utility costs from natural disasters. The process is called securitization, and the debt would be guaranteed by law.

  • Lancers top Pfeiffer JVs in 19-14 game

    Sometimes, a final baseball score can be deceptive. Take the USC Lancaster Lancers’ 19-14 win over the Pfeiffer University Falcons junior varsity team Wednesday at Doomsday Corner.
    Thirty-three wins usually indicate a slugfest, but this one wasn’t, as USCL improved its record to 27-14.
    “We had a bullpen day to give everyone an inning or two to get some work in. And a couple of the guys had a bad outing,” said Lancers baseball coach Nick Calhoun.

  • Column: Is New York Times v. Sullivan in danger?

    The basis of modern American media law is the 1964 ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan, in which a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the First Amendment required that limitations be placed on defamation law. But the Sullivan decision has been the subject of criticism in some circles ever since it was decided, the latest being a concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas.

  • Andrew Jackson blanks North Augusta to cap Sandlapper play

    GILBERT – The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers, fresh off winning the Region IV-AA baseball title, capped play in the Sandlapper Spring Break Tournament on Tuesday night with a 7-0 win over North Augusta High School.
    The tournament, held at Gilbert High School, was slated to open last Saturday, but play was rained out and the event was modified.
    The Vols opened with an 11-1 loss to seventh-ranked Midland Valley High School of Aiken on Monday.

  • Small plays big in Dixie Baseball

    It takes a bit of conniving to get Larry Small to stand in the limelight.
    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball League board members lured Small to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first-pitch on March 23, the opening day of LDB’s 61st season.
    After a long, but no way complete speech of what he has given local youth baseball, LDB secretary Jill Laney said, “Mr. Small from this day forward, Field 6 will be named the Larry Small Field.”

  • Guest Column: The unique tax advantages of health savings accounts

    There’s a lot of talk today about health savings accounts and their benefits.
    An HSA operates a lot like a savings account that is used for the tax-free payment or reimbursement of qualified medical expenses.
    You have to be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) in order to qualify for an HSA. These plans pay benefits only after a high annual deductible has been met. You can use funds from your HSA to pay for health expenses not covered by your HDHP.    

  • Cauthens open another Subbies in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Having grown up in Heath Springs, Brooke Cauthen can recall a time when every parking spot was taken in the downtown business district.
    And she longs to see that again.
    “A lot of people had their livelihood here and I just think Heath Springs needs more of that,” she said. 

  • Column: Few road projects completed in first 20 months of gas-tax-hike law

    Less than 4 percent of the nearly $1 billion in road and bridge projects in South Carolina identified by the state Department of Transportation was completed in the first 20 months of the gas-tax-hike law, newly released DOT records show.
    Lawmakers promised that the law, which raised the gas tax 12 cents per gallon over six years, and increased other vehicle taxes and fees, would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges where their constituents live and work.

  • Column: Library’s motto: It’s all about you

    The printed page is not going away, but 2020’s Lancaster County Library will offer so much more.
    We are entering a period of big changes. After years of planning, it is time for large-scale renovations, paid for by $8 million in sales taxes collected since voters approved the project in 2014.
    Your main location on South White Street in Lancaster was built in 1971. Kershaw was refurbished in 1996. Indian Land’s Del Webb is the newest branch, opening its doors in 2009.