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Gamecocks shock Duke, going strong into Sweet 16

SINDARIUS SHINES

By Robert Howey

After a landmark comeback win over the Duke Blue Devils, the Gamecocks’ bandwagon is barreling toward Madison Square Garden this weekend for the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Led by Lancaster’s Sindarius Thornwell, the University of South Carolina men’s team is getting its first taste of March Madness in 13 years, and they’re into the Sweet 16 after beating Marquette and Duke last weekend in Greenville.


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Weekend Recap: March 21, 2017

The Lancaster News brought home 31 awards, and its three sister newspapers another 27, from Saturday's S.C. Press Association annual banquet in Columbia. Among the Lancaster News staff's first-place honors were best election and political coverage, best special edition for its Honoring Veterans section, and best reporting-in-depth for coverage marking the death and legacy of Mayor Joe Shaw.

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Community Playhouse announces upcoming season

Kayla Vaughn
The Lancaster News

The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County held its annual season reveal party for 2017-18 Saturday at the Springs House in Lancaster.
The CPLC is the oldest constant arts organization in Lancaster and has held over 130 shows since it was founded in 1972. According to its Facebook page, the CPLC “strives to nurture an appreciation for the arts and our world through diverse theatre arts programming.”


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Brenda Parker has made a career out of story time

Captivating kids for 40 years

Kayla Vaughn
The Lancaster News


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'Coming here is like going to Mecca. It’s a shrine'

At 99, Clemson’s Skardon to walk in Bataan Memorial Death March

Ken Scar
Clemson University


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Local cultural groups fear Trump budget cuts

By Hannah Strong

Leaders of arts and cultural groups in Lancaster County expect to be scrambling for new revenue sources if President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal programs take effect.
The president’s 2018 budget plan would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – programs that have built and funded arts programs in Lancaster County for many years.


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Lancaster man gets 20 years in child-sex case

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison Friday for molesting a 5-year-old child in 2010.
Albert Lee Witherspoon, 26, was to have stood trial last Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.
Witherspoon, whose case was prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, was taken from court Monday and held at the Lancaster County Detention Center until Friday’s sentencing.


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Sims Foundation brings in partner with track record of helping communities

Helping towns rediscover their spark

By Mandy Catoe

More than 150 local leaders gathered Wednesday at USC Lancaster to explore a new idea for bringing pride and growth back to the towns in Lancaster and Chester counties.
The J. Marion Sims Foundation announced a partnership with the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation, which has created  Community Heart & Soul, a field-tested process for helping small, rural towns rediscover their spark.
“I see heart and soul at every table,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the Sims Foundation, as she scanned the audience of movers and shakers.


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Randy White is county’s 1st Firefighter of the Year

38 years of firefighting for ‘backbone of Elgin’

By Greg Summers

At 67, Randy White has been jumping into his turnout gear in the middle of the night for almost four decades. Last year, he was at 78 percent of the fires the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department responded to.


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Big Thursday brings in $40K for scholarships

By Hannah Strong

The Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster Inc. said Wednesday it raised $40,000 in this year’s scholarship drive, bringing the total amount raised in 17 years to $544,600.
The money goes to Lancaster County students who attend Clemson University or USC Lancaster. The scholarships are split between the universities, with $20,000 going to each school this year.


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