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Today's News

  • We should spend money on hungry people, not sidewalks

    I am writing in response to Nov. 18 article “State ranked among top 5 states for hunger” in The Lancaster News. I have lived in Lancaster County for 18 years and I just recently saw in the same paper that Heath Springs got $200,000 for a new sidewalk. Kershaw and Lancaster both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each on redoing their sidewalks and trying to improve the looks of downtown. How much do we spend on feeding hungry children and old folks? Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things we want doesn’t seem right when there are people hungry.

  • HOPE fills critical need in county

    It’s hard to fathom that here in the United States – the land of plenty – that anyone could go hungry. But they do. And a recent federal study shows that South Carolina ranks in the top five states for hunger.

    An average of 15 percent of South Carolinians endured a “food insecurity” between 2004-06, according to the study. That includes people in Lancaster County.

  • Buford cheer squad places third in state meet

    The Buford High School cheer squad capped its stunning season with one final sweet surprise for coach Julie Thompson.

    The Class A-AA Lower State champion Jackets entered the state competition with a goal of a top-five finish.

    The BHS team responded in impressive fashion, placing a best-ever third in the state on Saturday at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

    “I’ve said all season these girls just keep surprising me with one outstanding effort after another,” Thompson said. “They went out and did it one more time. Our team was impressive.”

  • County stalling on concrete plants

    I cannot believe that it has taken almost a year of unheeded citizens’ complaints, negative media coverage and governmental bureaucracy to accomplish nothing.

    Lancaster County Council listened to and then took absolutely no action concerning the continuing noise, air and light pollution caused by the redi-mix cement plants in the Perimeter 521 Industrial Park for the residents adjacent to these facilities.

  • Indian Land hoops in new era

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Warriors open a new era of basketball with their new gym this season.

    The Warriors’ teams will have contrasting styles on the hardwood for the 2007-08 season. Second-year boys’ coach Nate Smith has his share of experienced players, while veteran IL girls coach Tamara Jacobus is working with an inexperienced, but talented unit.

    Smith, who was selected boys basketball coach of the year by The Lancaster News last winter, is optimistic about his Warriors’ squad.

  • Devils seek state crown

    By Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    Blackville-Hilda is in for a surprise today.

    The Fighting Hawks knew they would be battling 40 or so players dressed in red and black, but they probably had no idea they’d have to take on an entire town.

    As the Great Falls Red Devils prepare for their first shot at a state title in 16 years, the level of excitement around the already football-crazy town has been ratcheted up. Red Devils supporters aren’t just lending their vocal support though, they’re pitching in.

  • Mr. Bethea top-notch country guy

    Few Thanksgivings pass without a thought of a past family tradition dating back to my childhood. On Thanksgiving night, we would pack into the family car and head out to, as some folks say, “the country.”

    When we moved from Normandy Road to Sherwood Circle when I was in the fourth grade, we thought we were moving to “the country,” but amid pines, oaks and dogwoods, we were still in the city limits.

    When we motored out S.C. 903 on those Thanksgiving nights years ago, we were in “the country,” the home of Mr. Willis Bethea.

  • Picks’ crown, frown at stake this weekend

    It all comes down to this weekend.

    The 2007 Pigskin Picks crown and frown will be decided over the next few days.

    The new champion will be decided as Picks leader Ernie “Big E” Rowell takes a two-game edge into the last picks for 2007.

    He’s in a battle for the Picks title with Robert “How We Luv The Little Rascals” and “Cotton Jenny” Hartley.

  • Woman wants stolen purse with important IDs returned

    On Nov. 16, my pocketbook was stolen from me in K-Beauty Hair Product Store. I had all my identification in there. I also had my mother, brother and deceased grandmother’s identification in there. I had cash and a camera which contained pictures of my grandmother lying in her casket at the funeral home.

    To the thief or thieves, God will intervene with you. There is a saying that goes “you will reap what you sow.”

    While I’m mourning the death of my grandmother, you took something of sentimental value from me.

  • County to combine polling places

    The state's early primaries are causing problems for the Lancaster County Voter Registration office.

    The office is having to combine several precincts because not enough funding came from the state to run the primaries locally, and there are also issues with programming the voting machines for two primaries in one week.

    The Republican primary will be held Jan. 19, with the Democratic primary a week later on Jan. 26. Both are Saturdays.