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Today's News

  • News Briefs

    Fire hydrant testing ongoing

    Lancaster Fire Department will continue semi-annual fire hydrant testing in the city this month. Opening fire hydrants can sometimes cause temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes.

    The discoloration is not harmful and will clear up by running the water for a few minutes. Be aware and drive slowly through testing areas as streets may be wet, and be aware of fire department personnel in the area. 

    For details, call Lancaster City Fire Chief Justin McLellan at (803) 283-4385.

  • Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

    Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.

    These shootings exhibit a common thread, just not the one that the gun-control movement would have you believe.

  • Portofino's brings taste of authentic Italy to IL

    INDIAN LAND – Portofino's speaks the language of Italian cuisine. Because, literally, they speak Italian here.

    It's one of the first signs tipping off customers that they haven't stepped into a run-of-the-mill American-style ristorante Italiano.

    One of the newest eateries in booming Indian Land, Portofino's Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria opened a little more than two weeks ago in the ever-growing Redstone development on U.S. 521.

  • Benford Brewery draws praise at international beer competition

    A beer crafted by Bryan O’Neal of Benford Brewery in Lancaster, with label artwork by local artist Ray Douglas, has won high praise at the New York International Beer Competition.

    Benford Brewery was chosen “South Carolina 2018 Weiss Beer Brewery of the Year,” competing among over 600 entries from 14 countries in 50 categories. This was the seventh year of the international competition, the only such contest judged by industry trade buyers. 

  • Renegade Division racing for Helms Memorial checkers

    Lancaster Motor Speedway is set to honor the late Robbie Helms in Renegade Division action Saturday night at the half-mile dirt track.

    The Robbie Helms Memorial is a 17-lap main event that pays $1,700 to the winner and $117 for checkers in one of two Renegade heat races.

    Fans might ponder the “17” and what it has to do with the race Saturday night at LMS.

    Helms, who died in December, made number famous as he pulled his No. 17 race car into victory lane more than once in his local racing career.

  • Union downs Lancaster Post 31 in season opener

    Union Post 22 built a 5-0 lead through three innings on the way to a 10-2 win over Lancaster Post 31 in the League V Legion baseball opener Monday night at the  Timken Sports Complex in Union.

    Lancaster, led by first-year head coach Jimmy Jackson, out-hit Post 22 by a 9-6 margin, but the host team used seven errors, six walks and three hit batters to key its eight-run win.

  • Yellow Jackets sixth in AA state field

    The Region IV-AA champion Buford High School golf team placed sixth in the Class AA state tournament at the Mount Vintage Golf Club in North Augusta last week.

    The Jackets shot a 341 in the tournament, which was shortened to one day due to rain and thunderstorms.

    Caleb Henson shot a 73 to finish fourth in the individual medalist competition. Henson’s 73 earned him a Class AA all-state selection.

    Anthony “T” Sutton followed with a 79 and Chandler King posted an 89. Michael McCowan finished with a 100.

  • Gold tops Blue in LHS spring football game

    The Gold generated two scores to take a 12-0 win in the annual Lancaster High School spring football game at Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.

    The Gold, the LHS offense, struck first as veteran quarterback Kemarkio Cloud hit receiver Phillip Mickles on an 11-yard scoring pass for a 6-0 edge. 

    Running back Ason’ta Clark set up the scoring drive with a 50-yard dash to the Blue 30. 

    Nygel Moore had a four-yard run to the Blue 11 to set up Cloud’s touchdown pass to Mickles.

  • Truesdale goes back to back with second win

    Marc Truesdale continues to make his mark in local running.

    Truesdale, the Andrew Jackson High School government and economics teacher who has qualified to run in the 2019 Boston Marathon, posted his second straight win in the Lancaster Rotary Club Race for Charity at Lancaster High School on Saturday morning as part of the Red Rose Festival.

    Truesdale set a personal best in the 5K race with a course record 17:33 to top the 115-runner field.

  • Column: Uniting to help those with mental illness

    In these times of deep division in our country, I would like to point out something that we Americans have in common.
    One in five U.S. residents – across all social classes, races, religious beliefs, genders and ages – lives with some form of mental health condition in a given year. It is so common that it’s becoming an epidemic.
    Despite this fact, there is still stigma associated with having a diagnosis of a mental health condition.