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Today's News

  • Column: The Joe Shaw of my dreams

    He was a kind man, a giant of a man.
    He loved people. He loved his family. He loved his church.
    He loved his city and its people. And because of this, he was elected mayor, over and over again.
    Joe Shaw served for 33 years and died in office still serving. He loved to help people solve problems, especially those concerning city services.
    He wanted everyone to be treated fairly. He wanted them to know that without them, there would be no city and no mayor’s job.

  • Editor's Column: Reviving Mayor Shaw’s hangout, the Ellen Dean

    We learned this week that an investment group plans to buy White Street’s old Ellen Dean Hotel and rehabilitate it for some new purpose.
    Hallelujah! For us and for the family of the late Mayor Joe Shaw. The Ellen Dean was his home base for many decades, and Charlotte and Joe Jr. have been trying to sell it since he died in 2015.
    And on today’s front page, we’re breaking the news that the vacant Kimbrell’s building a block away on Main Street has been sold.

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Trinity PH yard sale July 21

    Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1824 Airport Road, Lancaster, will hold a yard sale at 8 a.m. July 21 in the church fellowship hall. Sausage and coffee will also be available. Proceeds benefit church ministries and events.

    Leadership Conference 2018

    Kingdom of God Church International, 1276 Old Landsford Road, Lancaster, will conclude the “Leading while Bleeding” leadership conference July 21. 

  • Column: AG affirms open-government mandate in Lowcountry lawsuit

    I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard.
    My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town.
    My drive was educational. Low-rise, lower-density development had been replaced by high-rise buildings at street’s edge and strip-mall sprawl. I could have been in Myrtle Beach except for the absence of T-shirt shops.

  • Column: Loftis: How to get the most value from tax-free weekend

    It’s that time of year! The season of searching for No. 2 pencils, brightly colored binders, and that oh-so-special book bag is here.
    It’s an exciting time, full of anticipation for school-aged children and their parents.
    But as the first day of school approaches, families often find shopping for crucial school supplies comes with a heavy price tag. Parents can end up unloading hundreds of dollars on back-to-school gear. Fortunately, with our state’s Sales Tax Free Weekend coming up Aug. 3-5, you can save even more.

  • LDB AAA all-stars fall in state tournament

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars had a short stay in the state tournament at Moncks Corner over the weekend.

    The AAA stars opened with an 11-1 loss to District VII champion Mount Pleasant of Charleston on Saturday afternoon and then dropped a 5-1 setback to Orangeburg on Sunday.

    In the AAA stars four-run loss to the District 6 champion, Lancaster pitcher Jake Milhorn worked five and two-third innings and hurled a no-hitter.

    Orangeburg ignited for five runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for the win.

  • Dixie Boys 14U stars win district, earn state bid

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14U all-stars will open play in the state baseball tournament at North Augusta’s Riverview Park on Saturday.

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14U stars earned a bid to the state tournament, winning the District 10 tournament in Chester County earlier this month.

    The LDB 14U stars defeated Kershaw County twice to win the district crown and gain a bid to the state tourney.

    Lancaster wrapped up the state bid with an 8-7 win over Kershaw County.

  • USC Aiken riders fare well in Virginia

    From release

    AIKEN – The University of South Carolina Aiken eventing (riding) team, which included an Indian Land native, finished the year strong, placing third in the collegiate championships May 24-27 at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Va.

  • USCS Sprint Cars set for LMS Saturday

    One of the most popular races of the Lancaster Motor Speedway season will be at LMS on Saturday night.

    Area dirt track racing fans always look forward to the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars when they invade the half-mile dirt oval of Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    The USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will be a popular sight to see with the speeds they can carry around LMS, reaching speeds up to 140-150 miles per hour.

    Sometimes fans will see one car do a wheel stand with both front tires coming off the ground roaring down the front straightaway.

  • Promenade nears completion

    Lancaster County’s largest current retail construction project is closing in on completion.

    Work at The Promenade at Carolina Reserve, located in southern Indian Land, is on schedule with the first stores slated to open later this summer, said Brad Combs, vice president of real estate for Hutton, the Tennessee-based project developer for property owner Lennar Corp.