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Today's News

  • Black window shades, tin-can drives, meals for passing soldiers

    Do you recall school auditoriums where speakers came and told us all kinds of stuff?
    At Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School, we had touring magic shows, the dental show where we all got a new toothbrush and a  tube of Ipana Toothpaste. We had morning chapel, sang “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and closed our eyes for a fast prayer to help get us off the hook for the evil we had done, were doing or maybe were about to do. Seems like the third grade always had a class play filled with silly songs and tap dancing.

  • Airbag killed Kershaw man

    The death of a Kershaw man in a wreck last month has led to the recall of 5 million vehicles for faulty air bags, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said Friday.
    Joel Knight, 52, of 9552 Flat Creek Road, died Dec. 22 after his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow in the roadway on Rocky River Road. First responders pronounced him dead on the scene.

  • Avondale developer puzzled by rejection

    Ed Estridge is puzzled why county officials killed his massive Avondale development in the Panhandle two weeks ago.
    Estridge, president of Sinacori Builders, had spent nine months in meetings with county officials to refine his preliminary plans for the 189-acre neighborhood to be located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads.
    Estridge said his company is still reeling from Lancaster County Council’s Jan. 11 vote to deny the company permission to move ahead.

  • Van Wyck shouts ‘No!’ to inclusion in IL incorporation

    With yells and cheers, stomps and fist pumps, the residents of Van Wyck came together this month with a clear message – leave Van Wyck out of the Indian Land incorporation.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land are gathering signatures from 15 percent of the population, about 3,000 in all, and completing the requirements to get the question on a ballot. The group presented its plan to Van Wyck residents in a town hall meeting at the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • Storm moves away quickly, landing only glancing blow

    The winter storm pummeling Washington and New York this weekend swept past Lancaster on Friday, leaving only a quick coat of ice and sleet.
    Within just a few minutes that morning, Lancaster County roadways iced over, sending a few cars into ditches. No injuries and only a few scattered power outages were reported in our area through midday Saturday.
    While the storm didn’t jolt us as expected, local school officials will determine the status of Monday’s classes later today, said Lancaster County School District Spokesman David Knight.

  • Sweep keeps Bruins unbeaten in region play

    Lancaster was a tough host as the Bruins’ teams stayed undefeated in Region III-AAA play with a home hoops sweep of Union County on Jan. 19.
    The Lady Bruins, in the first of two varsity routs, swatted the Lady Yellow Jackets, 63-28.
    The LHS boys followed suit, shelling Union County, 62-37.
    In the nightcap, the Bruins, 9-5, 4-0, actually trailed 9-7 after one, but Lancaster took control in a pivotal second period to build a 30-17 lead at the half on the way to the 25-point win.

  • Vols top Warriors twice

    INDIAN LAND – Andrew Jackson, in much the same fashion in both games, used clutch play against rival Indian Land to keep the Vols squads unbeaten in region play with a sweep of the Warriors Jan. 19.
    In both games, the Vols held the edge for the most part, and saw their leads sliced to four late in the games, but AJ stayed in control for the wins.
    In the boys game, the host Warriors rallied late and sliced the margin to four, 58-54, on a Mark Morton bucket, but the Vols finished on a 9-4 run to take the 67-58 win.

  • Warriors notch two mat wins

    The Indian Land High School wrestling team improved its record to 13-7, 3-1 in Region IV-AA mat action, with a pair of mat wins in Columbia on Jan. 20.
    The Warriors topped Columbia, 48-12 and posted a 54-18 victory over Brookland-Cayce.  Dyllon McCord and Will Van Hoose each posted two pins in the Warriors’ sweep at Columbia High School.
    The Warriors went 1-2 in the Battery Creek Duals on Jan. 15-16, posting a 39-36 win over Bluffton.
    IL fell to Battery Creek, 57-21 and West Oak, 57-15.

  • My big fib in defense of Lancaster

    Now my mama wouldn’t approve of me sharing this chapter of my life with folks. The reason being that it was a great big fib to begin with.
    She might not mind, though, if she saw all the news stories a few years ago about how down and out Lancaster had become, with Springs gone, high unemployment and such. It was spread all over television and in the papers.

  • Norrell: ‘We’ve been duped’ after 25 years of GOP control

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Democratic Party picked Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell to deliver the party’s televised response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State Address Jan. 20. Here are excerpts of  Norrell’s speech:

    I am Mandy Powers Norrell, and I represent the southern half of Lancaster County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
    Like Gov. Haley, I was also born and raised in rural South Carolina, and educated in our public schools. But while we have similar backgrounds, we see things from different perspectives.