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Today's News

  • National Symphony's brass ensemble engages students

    Angela Hilton had a guest spot in the National Symphony Orchestra's brass ensemble on Tuesday.

    Hilton, an eighth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, is normally a flute player. But she got a chance to try the tuba, playing the pivotal moment in "Pop Goes the Weasel" with the rest of the ensemble.

  • Death penalty trial set to begin in July

    PAGELAND - Gary Miles is expected to go on trial for his life in July. He's accused in the drowning death of a hitchhiker whose body was found in Lancaster County in 2006.

    Judge Steven John has reserved the weeks of July 7 or July 14 as potential dates for a Chesterfield County jury to hear the case.

    Miles is charged with murder of Mike Dennis Clanton, 43. He was reportedly beaten after being offered a ride and drowned in a pond off S.C. 207. His body was dumped near Heath Springs.

  • Vols seek to stop high-scoring Wildcats

    KERSHAW - Andrew Jackson launches its Class AA Lower State postseason hoops hopes, seeking to stop one of the state's top guns.

    AJ meets Conference VII-AA runner-up Dillon, which sports guard Lashay Page, who is averaging 27 points per game.

    "Page is one of the top offensive players in the state," said AJ coach Dale Reeves. "He's a streaky shooter.

    "The key for us is to limit Page's touches," Reeves said. "We will try to double him. We saw a tape on him in a game with Cheraw and he scored 22 points in the first quarter."

  • Gala raises funds for arts council

    Men wore their best gangster gear and women turned out in their fringed dresses for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' fundraising gala on Saturday night.

    Those attending packed the Multipurpose Room at University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Building and seemed to enjoy the theme - Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun.

    They dined on heavy hors d'oeuvres and enjoyed "artinis" from one of two bars, including a "speakeasy," in honor of the night's theme.

  • Overwhelming support for Saylors benefit

    Overwhelming support for Saylors benefit

    The family and friends of Amy Saylors would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the "Save Amy" barbecue benefit held on Jan. 26.

    The tremendous amount of time and energy provided by all of the volunteers was nothing short of phenomenal.

    We did not expect such an overwhelming response to this event.

    Simply put, the people of this wonderful community proved once again how willing they are to reach out and help someone in need.

  • It's the heart that really matters

    Sitting in the musty smelling living room, I looked around at the aging duct tape and hardened carpenter's glue that I used over the years to hold together this fragile, cement-block, 1930-something house.

    It's a small, two-bedroom, 600-square feet abode that my grandmother, Brennie Love, having lived there since 1939, insisted that she would remain in until she dies.

  • Love at first bite; Impress sweetheart with home-cooked meal

    It's less than 24 hours to V-Day and the pressure is on.

    If you're tired of standing in a last-minute line to fight for picked-over flower bouquets, cards, syrupy stuffed animals and boxes of candy, take heart.

    Nothing goes further than a homecooked meal for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

    Men, the findings of a recent Cosmopolitan magazine survey should pique your curiosity.

    That survey showed that 70 percent of women prefer a dinner cooked by a man than one from a five-star restaurant.

  • Kershaw OKs funds for fire station improvements

    KERSHAW - The Kershaw Fire Department building will get an improvement that's been on its wish list for five years.

    Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved an extra $30,000 for a construction project the volunteer fire department devised in 2002 to make its bay floor safer and the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Bass quartet enjoys Breakfast with the Arts

    Neal Zarrelli didn't know whose idea it was to bring the National Symphony Orchestra's double bass quartet to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Gallery for a Breakfast with the Arts performance, but they got it right.

    After hearing musicians Richard Barber, Paul DeNola, Ira Gold and Jeffrey Weisner play a chamber music concert Tuesday morning, Zarrelli's stance on the effectiveness of the nation's capitol has changed somewhat.

  • Students meet the soldier they've sent care packages

    There appeared to be a strong connection between U.S. Army Spc. Gene Welch and the group of students he visited last Wednesday.

    As the Buford native spoke with a first-grade class at Clinton Elementary School, they listened intently.

    For them, it was good to finally see the person they had helped when he was a half a world away.

    Months ago, the class collected supplies to send to Welch, who served near Baghdad from last September to January. He was part of a platoon that cleared land and buildings, making sure they were safe for other soldiers to occupy.