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Today's News

  • Punishment unjust for animal fighting

    This is the last time I am responding about my support of cockfighting unless I am summoned to speak in Columbia. Quite frankly I am tired of repeating myself. I am coughing on all the smoke being used to cloud the true issue.

  • Local singer/songwriter on his way

    INDIAN LAND - Singer, songwriter and recording artist Derek McFarland, who recently released his second contemporary country CD, "I'll Show You Where," performed for neighbors and friends in his BridgeMill community recently, and is ready to share his talents with South Carolina and the rest of the country.

  • Woman fights off assailants

    A woman said she fought back against two men who invaded her Old Blackmon Lane home about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    The woman, who was home alone, is friends with one of the men and knows of the other man.

    They were at the house then left for about 15 minutes before returning.

    When they returned, one asked to use her phone. While he was on the phone, the other man entered the house with a shotgun.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, both men yelled at the woman, asking her, "What you got?"

  • Storm causes some damage

    It has been reported that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County during Tuesday's severe storms.

    The National Weather Service reported that a weak tornado briefly touched down in the county four miles east-northeast of Great Falls in Lancaster County. The tornado, which was on the ground for about a mile and was about 40 yards wide, downed some trees, according to the storm report.

    Lancaster County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

  • Atlanta Rhythm Section rekindles bond to USCL

    Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboardist Dean Daughtry is a lot older than he used to be.

    That's OK. I am, too.

    Times sure have changed – but here I am – as Daughtry and fellow ARS members Andy Anderson, David Anderson, Jim Keeling, Justin Senker and Steve Stone turn back the clock for me and a group of friends.

    I'm sitting here in Bundy Auditorium with Jimmy Addison, Ken Henry, Terry Marshall Povey, Tom Moore, Mark "Green Horn" Starnes and Jono Rabley, who attended the University of South Carolina at Lancaster from 1978-80.

  • Students benefit from collaboration

    Often when Tigers and Gamecocks meet, somebody's departing in a down mode. Such wasn't the case at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus last month.

    When those who bleed garnet and those who have orange in their veins met that day, their smiles were akin to those worn when one state rival downs another.

    The happy event was the check presentations following the sixth annual Big Thursday golf tournament.

  • Cruelty has no place in the world

    I have another comment on how cruelty is not right. It could be to a child who has no one to care about him or her or their feelings, whether it be from an arrogant bully at school or an insensitive gossip at work or elsewhere. It could be an elderly person who can't help himself or herself and are at the mercy of someone who has power over them. It could also be to any living being.

    The point seems to be that there are those who love this power over those who can't help themselves.

  • Louis needs to stand up for his beliefs

    I would like to thank Jensan Louis, "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights" in the Feb. 17 edition of The Lancaster News, for bringing up some good points and pointing out how God still had a place 200 years ago. God has a place right here and now and creatures of all kinds belong to him. It is our place to make sure they are cared for. That is exactly what I intend to keep doing.

  • Letters mailed to residents of mussel overlay district

    INDIAN LAND - If you live in the Six Mile Creek basin, you'll probably get a letter from Lancaster County concerning the Carolina heelsplitter this week.

    The Lancaster County Planning Department is sending out about 3,000 letters to residents and property owners in the Six Mile Creek basin, which is east of U.S. 521 in the Panhandle. County Council is working on measures to protect the heelsplitter, an endangered mussel, which lives in Six Mile Creek in Indian Land.

  • Local sailor completes icy mission

    ANTARCTICA - The temperature hovers around zero degrees all day. You're surrounded by ice, and depending on how strong the wind is, the temperature can drop to nearly 50 degrees below zero.

    Quincy Champion says that Antarctica is so cold, you have to wear special clothing to prevent freezing to death.

    Despite the conditions, he's glad to have gone there three times.

    "It's a beautiful place," he said.