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Today's News

  • Boost to weight program

    KERSHAW - The Andrew Jackson High School Athletic Booster Club has made a strong commitment to the Volunteers' athletic program.

    The AJ Boosters have purchased $60,000 of weight equipment which will be used to help the Lancaster County Class AA school's athletes.

    "Our booster club is a group of tireless workers and their goal is to help in any way possible," AJ athletic director Dale Reeves said. "They felt this was where we needed help the most at this point."

    Reeves said the old equipment, in the neighborhood of 20 years old, needed replacing.

  • Drivers should not ignore traffic lights

    In the April 4 issue of The Lancaster News, the story about an 18-wheeler hit a car at the intersection of S.C. Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road brought back scary, scary moments for me.

    Two weeks ago my 5-year-old granddaughter and I were only seconds from being hit by a loaded pulpwood truck.

    I was stopped at the stoplight coming from Camp Creek. While I was waiting for the light to turn green for my way, two loaded pulpwood trucks went by really fast.

  • Proposed dog ordinance not yet ready to be unleashed

    A second vote on a new animal control ordinance that applies mainly to dogs and cats was postponed Monday night, but the issue still raged on before County Council.

    A handful of residents showed up to express their opinions about the proposed ordinance, which reflects the majority recommendation of a committee selected by council to study the issues.

  • Old-fashioned cast-iron cooking still has place in modern kitchen

    There's a shiny, new cast-iron skillet above the refrigerator in our kitchen. But that's about to change; I'm ready to knock that sheen off by seasoning it and putting it to good use.

    To me, the pride of every southern kitchen is still a cast-iron skillet.

    In a day when stainless, copper-coated cookware is the rage, that old dark skillet has lost its appeal to many.

    Why?

    I'm not really sure, considering that it can be used for a wide array of roasting, frying, sauteing and baking.

  • Trueheart solid in all-star play

    Miteka Trueheart’s final high school basketball game was much like her final prep hoops season at Lancaster High School.

    Trueheart, making LHS girls basketball history, used a workmanlike effort to help the South Carolina all-stars to an 81-66 win over the N.C. stars in the Carolinas All-Star Classic at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Saturday.

    The S.C. stars’ 15-point win was the first victory over the N.C. stars’ since the 2005 game.

  • Make changes to avoid another school scare

    Our schools need to invest in protecting our students. It's as if Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois were not a clear indication.

    Lancaster County School District and Superintendent Gene Moore need to take action to prevent another scare like what happened at Lancaster High on April 4.

  • Improve education for all kids

    I would like to respond to Wynette Birchfield's column "Vouchers make education equal" in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News. To have a genuine discussion regarding vouchers is worthwhile, but to use this subject as a platform to dismiss Mandy Powers Norrell as "haughty" is backhanded and snide.

    Most parents want the very best education for their own children, but it is a sign of maturity when we recognize that educating all children benefits our entire society. We do not live in isolation. We depend on each other to make our community successful.

  • Man charged in shooting death

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested a man in the city’s first murder of 2008.

    Bildrick Lamont Green, 24, of Harris Street, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Derrick Damond Davis, 21, of 806 Pardue St.

    Davis died after suffering two gunshot wounds – one to the chest and one to the right arm, at Pardue Street Apartments early Monday morning. Green was charged less than 24 hours after the shooting.

  • Evelyn and Jones Faulkenberry still attentive to each other's needs

    Not many couples celebrate their 70th anniversary.

    But Jones and Evelyn Faulkenberry of Elgin, 89, and 86, respectively, have defied the odds. They seemed happy Saturday as they basked in the adulation of friends and three generations of family, who joined them at their daughter Dixie Robert’s home on Old Camden Road to celebrate their seven decades of marriage.

    Adults talked and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and children ran through the large front yard. The couple has five children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Applebee's manager is tops

    The employees of Applebee’s restaurant in Lancaster have much to celebrate after winning several awards at an annual company-wide contest.

    Out of the 33 restaurants in its South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia district, the restaurant was named the best of 2007 and its general manager, Tereasa Richardson, won the Best General Manager of the Year award. The restaurant also bested other restaurants in no employee accidents, best employee surveys and over $2 million in sales.

    The awards were given at the Apple-J’s annual banquet in Greenville in February.