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Today's News

  • Jackets claim region golf title

    The Buford Yellow Jackets golf team shot a 339 to win the 18-hole Region IV-AA golf tournament at the Green River Golf Club in Chesterfield on Wednesday.

    The 10-2 Jackets, who went unbeaten in region play, were led by tournament medalist Caleb Henson, who shot a 76.

    The Jackets’ “T” Sutton, an all-region pick with medalist Henson, posted a 79.

    Cannon Cato had an 86 and Chandler King posted a 98 to boost the Jackets’ links effort.

  • Column: As Senate debated gas tax, reason flew out the window

    The state Senate passed its version of the gas-tax hike late Wednesday night, after two days of debate. This version of the bill raises the tax by 12 cents a gallon gradually over six years. The House version was a 10-cent hike.
    Whenever large groups of politicians talk for long periods of time, you hear some real gems. Here are a few of this week’s Capitol highlights.
    ◆ House Speaker Jay Lucas: “A responsible plan does not raid the general fund to pay for roads.”

  • Column: Imagine Jesus as a candidate in 5th District GOP contest

    Hearing the comments from some 5th District candidates and others already in Congress makes me wonder what a 21st century Jesus might say if he were espousing the same policies.
    “I would like to thank all of you for being here today,” Jesus would tell his followers. “After spending time feeding, sheltering and healing the less fortunate in Africa, seeking peace in the Mideast, trying to placate the Russians and addressing other world crises, it is good to be back in the greatest country on the planet.

  • Lady Vols win region track crown

    The Andrew Jackson High School girls compiled 111 points, highlighted by three firsts, to win the Region IV-AA girls track title at Buford High School on Tuesday.

    The Lady Vols were followed by host BHS with 95 points.

    Paris Clyburn, who won the discus crown for the third straight season, aided the AJ cause along with Niyana Jones, who won the long jump and placed second in the high jump.

  • Bruins capture region title

    The Lancaster High golf team was a little off its game, but had what it needed to capture the Region III-AAAA golf title for the second straight season at the Lancaster Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon.

    The match was originally set for Monday, but reset due to heavy rain in the area earlier in the week.

  • SECA Crate Late Models bonus race Saturday

    The SECA Crate Late Models will headline action with the SECA Crate Late Model bonus race paying $2,000 to win Saturday night at Lancaster Super Speedway.

    To date, the SECA Crate Late Models have raced at Lancaster Super Speedway twice, with Gary Puckett taking the win in a highly competitive race with Hank Taylor and Travis Steele.

    Timbo Mangum won the most recent SECA Crate Late Models race, Mangum battled  longtime rival, “The Gambler,” Brandy Baker for the win.

  • Fore the Kids tourney has record entry

    The winning team for the seventh annual Fore The Kids golf tournament held at Edgewater Golf Club included George Ardery, Ted Kennedy and Arrien Dadney.

    The second-place team was Fred, Nick, Cadi Mangano and George Beaver.

    The third-place team was Jerry Byrum, Rob Noland, Andy Sharrai and Don Martin.

  • Blue Ridge tops Bruins

    Fourth-ranked Blue Ridge foiled Lancaster in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State baseball playoffs, taking a 5-2 win over the Bruins on Tuesday night.

    Elijah Henderson led the Tigers with three hits. Zach Waddell had two hits and two RBIs.

    Waddell went 5.2 innings and posted six strikeouts for the win. Jackson Morris went 1.1 innings to cap the BRHS win.

  • Candidate Profile: Tommy Pope

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 54.
    Residence: York.
    Family: Wife, Kim. Four children, one grandchild.
    Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1980 and the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1983. Received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and a USC law degree in 1987.
    Employment: Attorney, Elrod Pope Law Firm. Former SLED agent and 16th Circuit solicitor. Prosecuted Susan Smith for murder in 1995 for the drowning death of her two children.

  • Candidate Profile: Archie Parnell

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 66.
    Residence: Sumter.
    Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
    Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
    Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
    Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
    Political experience: None.
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