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Today's News

  • Civil rights forum Tuesday at USCL

    From release

    USC Lancaster will host a round-table forum with Charles Allen Lingo and Charles Mauldin on the history and ongoing importance of civil rights activism in America.

    The forum is this Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Bundy Auditorium.

    Lingo and Mauldin worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the most well-known period of civil rights activism in American history.

  • Allen Blackmon picked as chair of county GOP

    Staff report

    Lancaster County Republicans picked Allen Blackmon as their new chairman Thursday night, replacing Brandon Newton, who stepped aside after being elected to the state House this week.

    Blackmon, who worked for the state Department of Revenue for 30 years before retiring in 2012, lives in Heath Springs. He ran for county auditor this year but lost a primary runoff with fellow Republican Susan Hunter Wallace. 

  • Twice declared dead in Vietnam, Jacky Bayne lived to tell his story

    Army Spc. Jacky Bayne of Indian Land lost his right leg in a land-mine explosion while on patrol near Chu Lai, Vietnam, in July 1967.

    He was pronounced dead twice, once on the battlefield and again at the hospital.

    Bayne was the guest of honor Friday at Indian Land High School’s Veterans Day ceremony. Who saved his life, and how he met that man more than a decade later, is a fascinating story.

  • East-west split seen in voting on alcohol

    Support for Sunday retail beer and wine sales in Lancaster County broke largely by geography during Tuesday’s election, with voters to the west approving the ballot measure and voters to the east rejecting it.  

    But retailers all over the county are eligible to apply for the retail permits as soon as the S.C. Department of Revenue makes them available.

  • Miracle Bikes are back!

    A week ago on this front page, a dejected Gonzie Mackey delivered sad news – thieves had stolen 30 refurbished bicycles, and there would be no Miracle Bikes for Kids this Christmas.

    You can imagine what happened next.

    Within days, Mackey was swamped with dozens of bikes donated from the community, most of them new, and his annual grassroots giveaway is back on target. 

  • Protest against Blackmon rejected

    Defeated city council incumbent Jackie Harris filed an election protest Thursday, alleging that her opponent Linda Blackmon committed fraud, bribery and coercion in Tuesday’s election.

    At a hastily arranged hearing Friday afternoon, the Lancaster County Election Commission heard the complaint and Blackmon’s flat denial of wrongdoing.

  • Cato glad he returned for Jackets

    Buford High School senior right guard Cannon Cato was hoping for a better record in his final football season, but he’s still glad to be with the Jackets’ squad.
    Cato, who didn’t play last season, is pleased he returned to the maroon and gold fold.
    “I’m glad to be out there and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Cato, who played as a sophomore.
    “This was my last year to play and I wanted to be out there,” he said.
    Cato said he enjoys being with his teammates.

  • Roses win Southern Region

    The Red Roses are blooming good and they have the crowns to show it.
    
The Red Roses, a Lancaster area senior mixed doubles team, captured the 
65-over mixed doubles Southern Region championship Sunday in Little Rock,
 Ark.
    
The Red Roses qualified for the region tournament as the South Carolina 
champion after winning the title for the second time in three years at the 
Florence Tennis Center in Florence where the state tourney was held Sept.
 9-12.

  • Roses win Southern Region

    The Red Roses are blooming good and they have the crowns to show it.
    
The Red Roses, a Lancaster area senior mixed doubles team, captured the 
65-over mixed doubles Southern Region championship Sunday in Little Rock,
 Ark.
    
The Red Roses qualified for the region tournament as the South Carolina 
champion after winning the title for the second time in three years at the 
Florence Tennis Center in Florence where the state tourney was held Sept.
 9-12.

  • Two Carolinas tracks set to hold racing events

    A pair of Carolinas tracks are slated to host racing events this weekend.
    Sumter Speedway will hold championship night Saturday along with a full racing program.
    Sumter Speedway is honoring its division champions.
    Divisions racing Saturday night will be Crate Late Models, Super Street, Street Stock, Stock V8, Stock 4 and Extreme 4.
    Admission prices are $20 for the pits and $10 for the grandstands. Gates open at 5 p.m.
    Sumter Speedway is located on 3150 Wedgefield Road in Sumter.