Today's News

  • Column: S.C. must pick a strategic destination

    Over the last week or so, the same basic story has appeared in all the major newspapers around the state: economists have projected that we as a state (i.e. the legislature) will have an additional $446 million to spend over the next fiscal year.
    It’s good news that we will have this money to address some serious needs in our state. It’s bad news that the state agencies have lined up to ask for $1.9 billion in new spending.
    We have $446 million more. They want $1.9 billion more.

  • ‘Mr. Hungerford, on behalf of a grateful nation…’

    Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.
    “Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.
    “Yes, sir,” Hungerford said.
    When Mulvaney called his name, Hungerford, who walks with a slight stoop, straightened to his full height. His wife, Deanna, stood at his side.

  • Smith’s Rivers reaps CIAA rookie honor

    Staff Reports

    Johnson C. Smith University women's basketball freshman player Malia Rivers, the former Lancaster High Lady Bruins hoops star, has been named the CIAA Rookie of the Week after scoring 12 points in the Golden Bulls 84-73 win at Paine College on Dec. 10.

  • Torre Fuerte, Wailers win State Cup

    Staff Reports

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte (16U) and SARU 00 Wailers (17U) each won the S.C. Presidential Medal Soccer League State Cup at the Mesa Complex in Greer on Dec. 3-4.

    The teams included players from Lancaster, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and South Charlotte.

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte defeated CFC, 5-1 to win the State Cup.

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte faced the same CFC team it had narrowly defeated 2-1 in regular-season soccer play.

  • Jackets host Cavs in hoops play Monday

    Staff Reports

    Lancaster County high school basketball teams have a limited schedule on tap for this week.

    Buford, coming off a Region IV-AA home game with Cheraw on Friday night, will swing back to the hardwood Monday night.

    The Jackets will host Cuthbertson of Union County, N.C. in a varsity twin bill with the girls game at 7 p.m.

  • 12U stars win state

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth soccer program once again had a strong showing in the South Carolina Athletic Programs (SCAP) state soccer tournament, with the 12U team winning the state championship and the 15U team placing third at Sumter.

    The 12U soccer team posted a 2-0 win over Bluffton to capture the state championship Dec. 10.

  • Clinton, Erwin receive gifts from Santa Express

    The Santa Express truck traveled from Charlotte to visit Clinton and Erwin elementary schools on Friday and deliver apples, toiletries and school supplies.

    The initiative is by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, a nonprofit working to end hunger.

    “The purpose is to spread holiday cheer to children living at or below the poverty level,” said Delilah Counts Roseborough of Second Harvest. “We know families already struggle to make ends meet.

  • 3rd graders create holiday aromas

    A citrus scent with a hint of clove filled the air in Billie Morrison’s third-grade classroom as students explored one of three concepts they are studying this year – artisanship.

    The Discovery School students peeled oranges with toothpicks, zesters they brought from home, and plastic dental picks.

    Using their imagination as a guide, they carefully stuck cloves into the oranges using a design each student had created on paper.

  • Christmas basket only halfway to goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received $4,565 in donations so far, still not quite halfway to its goal of $10,000.
    “The community is still responding to our requests for donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “So many members of our community have been blessed by this program, and we would like to continue it in the future.”
    The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Council approves $3.6M loan for sewer work

    The Lancaster City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to borrow $3.6 million from a state pollution-control fund to pay for one phase of the sewer improvements mandated by the city’s federal consent order.
    City Finance Director James Absher said the city will get an additional $1 million from the fund that does not have to be repaid. The interest rate on the loan is 1 percent, he said, and the city will repay the money over 10 years in quarterly payments of about $35,000, beginning when the sewer work is finished in about a year.