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Today's News

  • Officials target underage drinking

    Underage drinking in the region is now under attack.

    That was the message from a meeting of law enforcement and behavioral/health agencies in the 6th Judicial Circuit, who met Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to discuss progress being made by new Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) to enforce the state's tougher underage drinking laws passed last year. The judicial circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • Cream of Wheat ripped me off

    Do you remember Billy Batson? Gosh, a heap of us fellas were envious of his super powers.

    All little Billy had to do was utter one word – "Shazam" – to turn into the action hero, Captain Marvel.

    Captain Marvel was something else; he could do just about everything Superman could do, and he did it in a much flashier outfit.

    It was a big event each month whenever the Marvel and DC Comics "funny books" hit the newsstand racks at the drugstores and at the Greyhound Bus Station.

  • Messer family appreciates support

    The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.

  • Shine on with Palmetto, Gold awards

    Five Lancaster County Schools recently produced shining moments. Three schools - Buford and Indian Land high schools along with Clinton Elementary - received the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award.

    The Discovery School and Erwin Elementary earned the Palmetto Silver Award.

    The prestigious awards are presented for academic excellence, the major purpose in education.

    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee developed the award criteria based on absolute and improvement ratings given to each school on the state's 2007 report cards.

  • Faile will 'get things done' as sheriff

    I'm writing to let the citizens of Lancaster County know that my wife and I know Wilford Faile and his son, Barry Faile. Both men are fine people.

    Barry Faile is an upstanding citizen and member of this community with the knowledge to run our Sheriff's Office.

    He knows the job like the back of his hand and will work hard to the best of his ability.

    He has worked in many divisions while employed with the Sheriff's Office and understands they all have to work as a team to protect the safety and well-being of Lancaster County citizens.

  • Witherspoon’s leaving, but not for good

    Veteran police officer Tim Witherspoon is leaving the Lancaster Police Department, but not some of the duties he’s performed in 25 years of an outstanding career in law enforcement.

    Witherspoon, 45, retired from the Lancaster Police Department earlier this month, but he’s likely to be spotted in his police uniform. Chances are you will find him working at Lancaster High School.

    He is now a resource officer at LHS, the county’s largest high school.

    Having Witherspoon around, no matter what duties he performs, can only be viewed as a plus.

  • Stellar finish keys IL win over Buford

    Indian Land used a strong finish to earn a 46-27 win over county rival Buford in the BHS gym on Wednesday night.The Warriors’ 19-point win gave IL a sweep of the season’s series.A week ago at Indian Land, the Warriors rallied for a 46-30 victory over BHS.With six weight classes to go, IL, 13-6, held a narrow 24-21 edge, but closed with a 22-6 rally to cap the win.“I was proud of our finish,” Indian Land High School coach Mike Kersey said.

  • Sutton earns European Golf Championship tourney bid

    Lancaster area youth golf star Anthony "T" Sutton has received an invitation to play in the European Golf Championship.

    Sutton, a first-grade student at Buford Elementary, earned the invitation following his stellar play at the World Championship and National Championship.

    Sutton placed 13th and 12th in those elite tournaments.

    He shot an 85 (41-44) in the national tournament at Jekyll Island, Ga., and posted a 117 (39-38-40) in the world championship at Pinehurst, N.C.

  • Ending parole makes system accountable

    We should abolish parole for all crimes. This will save lives, save money and add certainty and accountability to our system. We should allow the prison director to award up to 15 percent off as an incentive for good behavior and to provide hope. But everyone must serve at least 85 percent. No more parole hearings, no loopholes, no exceptions.

  • Two Indian Land residents say they will file for County Council seat

    INDIAN LAND – Two Indian Land residents have announced their intentions to run for County Council District 1.

    Longtime Indian Land resident Alan Patterson and Larry McCullough, a newcomer to Sun City Carolina Lakes, told Indian Land Action Council members at their Monday night meeting that they intend to run for the seat. Both intend to run as Republicans.

    Filing for the partisan seats up for election this year will be March 17-31.

    Patterson wants to get off sidelines