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  • Evangelizing around world

    Twenty-year-old Buford resident Samual Purser is a man on a mission, traveling around the world spreading the Gospel to pockets of people who have never heard of it.
    He went to Anchorage, Alaska, last June with two of his friends from Spring Hill Baptist Church in Buford, Trey Macy and Zachary Smith. They planned on a one-month mission trip, but Purser ended up staying all summer, leading Bible study with a group of 12- to 15-year-olds every day.

  • Runoff creates mess in Black Horse Run

    Residents of Indian Land’s Black Horse Run neighborhood are asking for the county’s help in dealing with flooding as a result of development in the area.
    Black Horse Run residents Jason Reeves and Chris Davis made their appeal during the Jan. 22 Lancaster County Council meeting, saying flooding of the stream running through the neighborhood has increased consistently with Indian Land’s growth.

  • Feel the beat

    Sugarshine, Lancaster’s hometown reggae band, showed up Friday at Brooklyn Springs Elementary with 30 five-gallon buckets and 35 sets of brand new drumsticks for the music classes.
    It was the band’s first gift from its newly-formed Make A Wave Foundation. They hope to offer ongoing support to the community’s youth. 

  • IL campaign grows testier as vote nears

    With the vote on Indian Land incorporation coming March 27, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up efforts to sway the voting public – and it isn’t always pretty.
    Both sides are reaching out to voters with door-to-door appeals, town hall meetings and campaign signs.
    Keeping track of the combatants isn’t easy. On the pro-town side, it’s one organization: Voters for a Town of Indian Land, which has spearheaded the effort for two years. It’s usually called VTIL, but sometimes people call it TOIL, for Town of Indian Land.

  • Soft-spoken trailblazer Eddie Moore

    “I don’t want to be the first black mayor. I want to be the first black mayor who does well and helps grow the town.”
    – Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore

    HEATH SPRINGS – When some politicians enter a room, all eyes turn to them, and conversations pause so the speech can begin.
    Eddie Moore isn’t one of those.

  • Column: ‘My Black Is...,’ a prelude to Black History Month

    More than 550 people attended “My Black Is…,” a production of original skits, monologues and choreographed dance routines that enlightened the audience on the contributions of African Americans to history.

    Held at the Lancaster High School auditorium last Saturday, it served as the prelude to events the Lancaster community will host in observance of Black History Month. 

  • S.C. flu deaths doubling by the week

    The flu continues to clobber South Carolina, with another 30 people dying from it last week, nearly twice as many as the week before, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
    Were any of those fatalities in Lancaster County? That’s not easy to figure out.
    Springs Memorial Hospital will not say. It must report any flu deaths to DHEC, but the hospital will not release the information to the public.

  • Norman, wife uninjured in Va. Amtrak accident

    Rep. Ralph Norman and his wife escaped injury Wednesday when an Amtrak train carrying GOP members of Congress to a conference hit a trash truck on the track in Virginia, killing one person.
    Norman, the 5th District congressman from Rock Hill, was traveling with other U.S. House members and their families to a retreat in West Virginia when the train collided with the truck outside Crozet, Va., about 11:20 a.m., killing the driver.

  • ‘Rabid’ fan favorites

    Each year, Forbes Magazine ranks each NFL team to determine which has the most rabid fan base.
    The Forbes pecking order is based on five criteria:
    ◆ Hometown crowd reach – This is determined by the percentage of metropolitan area hometown fans who attended an NFL game, or watched a broadcast on television or listened to their team on the radio.
    ◆ Three years of Nielsen television ratings.
    ◆ Three years of stadium attendance based on seating capacity.
    ◆ Three years of merchandise sales from NFLShop.com.

  • Duke workers battle terrain to restore Puerto Rico power

    Elizabeth Leland
    Duke Energy Illumination

    The devastation in Puerto Rico is beyond anything Craig Mustard imagined before arriving on the island with other Duke Energy linemen.
    Houses are in tatters, and tangles of electrical lines and utility poles still lie where Hurricane Maria tossed them in September.