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Today's News

  • Happy 40th, Andrew Jackson High School

    A  big birthday cake, complete with orange and white icing along with royal blue trim, is due Andrew Jackson High School this weekend.

    AJ, as the school located in southern Lancaster County is known, is celebrating its 40th birthday.

    The Class AA high school has a proud tradition of producing leaders from its students and alumni ranks as well as being a vital part of the community.

  • Donate blood and become a lifesaver

    The gift of life. Larry Estridge is quite familiar with that gift. In 2007, Estridge was given 100 units of blood after a surgery that went awry. Without that lifesaving gift, Estridge would not be here today.

    The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent plea for blood donations because of a shortage of blood supply in the Southeast. Blood shortages often occur in the summer because donations and the number of organizations that are able to sponsor blood drives decrease, according to the agency.

  • McGriff will represent you with honor, integrity

    There is a special primary election scheduled for Sept. 15. This is a very important and critical election for District 2. I’m asking residents of District 2 to vote for my mother, Charlene McGriff.  I’m very proud to say that she is my role model. Usually you will hear parents talk about how proud they are of their children, but I must say I am overjoyed and honored to see the accomplishments that my mother has made throughout the years.

  • A great start

    Right after the light switch gets cut on each school morning, the frenzy begins.

    Getting kids up and ready for school is hectic. Depending on their age, getting them to eat a balanced breakfast is almost impossible.

    And whatever their early morning mood – in a rush to get them out the door on time when the clock is ticking – one of the first things to get neglected is a healthy breakfast.

    If you can get them to sit still long enough for a couple of bites of something they won’t turn their noses up at, consider yourself lucky.

  • Newberry's Blackmon is on kicker's watch list

    NEWBERRY Most place-kickers prefer flying under the radar.

    It’s the nature of what they do. Nobody notices them until they trot out onto the field when a game hangs in the balance.

    But shunning the limelight will be a little harder for Newberry College’s Britt Blackmon this upcoming football season.

    The Kershaw native and Andrew Jackson High School graduate is one of 18 Division II and III kickers named to the 2009 Fred Mitchell Award watch list.

  • Fender-to-fender racing spices LMS

    Race night again at Lancaster Speedway brought the eager fans back to see some fender-to-fender action and they were not disappointed. The Lancaster Motor Speedway drivers delivered another great night of racing.

  • IL center offers tutoring, other educational services

    INDIAN LAND – Students of all ages have a new place to turn for help.

    One on One Learning Center in Southend Plaza in Indian Land offers tutoring, workshops and other educational services to children and adults.

    Fulfilling a longtime dream, owners Bobby and Becky Matthews started the center in July to offer K-12 language arts, math, science and social studies tutoring, as well as adult educational services, such as career guidance, GED preparation and continuing education.

  • Wells like field coach

    BUFORD Britt Wells will be leading the Buford Yellow Jackets into the 2009 football campaign, and the BHS coaches feel there couldn’t be a better player for the job.

    “It’s like having another coach on the field,” BHS defensive coach Jimmy Clyburn said. “On defense, Britt is basically an extension of me out there.”

    Wells, a captain, is a seasoned veteran on the defensive side of the ball starting at linebacker.

    “I expect him to be in the top three at least in tackles and interceptions this season,” said Clyburn.

  • Boosters pleased with new format for meet the Bruins

    The annual meet the Bruins featured a different format this season, but Lancaster Bruins booster club officials felt the change was for the better.

    The event, held Thursday at Lancaster Memorial Stadium, featured a spotlight on the LHS fall sports teams.

    “That’s the purpose to put our fall sports athletes in the center of attention,” LHS booster club president Shane Caroway said. “We felt real good about the event because we felt we had our best overall turnout in four years.”

  • 1969 scrimmage led to annual rivalry clash

    For the 40th time county rivals Andrew Jackson and Lancaster are set to battle tonight at AJ’s Volunteer Stadium.

    The annual rivalry game, which more times than not has kicked off the season, coincides with Andrew Jackson High’s 40th anniversary celebration today and Saturday.

    For the record, the series has Lancaster holding a 28-11 edge. Since this is my 32nd year at The News, I’ve covered the majority of the games. Most of the others I saw unless I was away at college.