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Today's News

  • Eagles soar in victory over Vols

    PAGELAND, Death. Taxes. Andrew Jackson getting beat by Central of Pageland.

    Central of Pageland sprinted to a 36-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 50-3 shellacking of Andrew Jackson in a Conference IV-AA football tilt Friday night.

    Central defeated the Vols for the 14th consecutive year and has captured 27 out of the past 28 contests with AJ.

    “We were beat by a very good football team,” said AJ coach Elmer Bench. “Central played very traditional football by whipping us in the trenches.”

  • Jackets swarm Warriors

    BUFORD, Friday night was a banner maroon and gold night for the Buford Yellow Jackets.

    Buford battled county rival Indian Land for the second time this season after BHS fell to IL in its opener, 14-7 at the Reservation.

    Buford turned the tables for a 35-21 revenge win over the Warriors, who fell to 3-6, 1-3.

    The game was not only a rivalry match-up, but was also homecoming for Buford. Janay Blackmon won the crown as Buford’s homecoming queen, and Whitney Funderburk won first runner-up honors.

  • Stallions' late run foils Vols’ postseason hopes

    KERSHAW Lee Central foiled Andrew Jackson’s playoff hopes, edging the Volunteers, 26-23 in the final Region IV-AA regular-season football game for both teams Friday night.

    The Stallions’ win forced a three-way tie among Eau Claire, Lee Central and AJ. The Vols needed a win, or a loss of one-point to the Stallions to advance to the playoffs. Eau Claire will be seeded fourth, while AJ and Lee Central remain at home.

  • Haunted forest, junkyard offer loads of spooky Halloween fun

    There’s nothing wrong with a good scare this time of year, especially when it’s for a good cause.

    Halloween is only 16 days away, “witch” means you’re probably looking for  terrifyingly terrific way to get your scare on.

    Beginning tonight, you’ll have that chance.

    The Lancaster County Rescue Squad Haunted Forest opens at sundown in the woods adjacent to the squad equipment building on Great Falls Highway.

  • Worth the wait

    It took more than a quarter of a century for Barbara Bowers to meet Brenda Elam in person, but the wait was worth it.

    What started out as a complaint between two textile-based industries 28 years ago turned into a lifelong friendship that defies age, miles, 28 years of phone calls, cards, letters and gifts.

    That bond was strengthened in September when Elam came to Lancaster to visit Bowers.

    One day in 1981, Bowers, who was a claims manager at Grace Finishing for Springs Industries, fielded a phone call from Elam, who worked for the Haggar Company.

  • Bauknight's well-known Springs photo has a story behind it

    Stories on Col. Elliott White Springs abound.

    “So many people can tell tales about the colonel and the kind of man he was,” said C.D. “Bubber” Gregory.

    But there is one – that few people know – that can be told.

    The “camera-doesn’t-lie” formal photo taken by the late Lavoy Bauknight, is proof.

    But it’s the one photograph of Springs that was almost never taken.

  • Lancaster Chamber Choir makes a comeback

    A renewal of sorts is under way with the Lancaster Chamber Choir. Having seen a drop in both membership and concert attendance the last two years, they are trying to get the “we’re back,” word out.

    When former director Michael Miller left to pursue a doctorate degree out of state, the choir lost its leader. Margaret Walsh, music director at First United Methodist Church, temporarily took over.

  • A jack of all lanterns

     

    A jack of all lanterns

    Versatile artist Jamie Ouzts excels in pumpkin carving 

  • Ex-death row inmate talks about 'Smart' choices

    Ron Smart knows a lot about choices.

    Smart, an ex-death row inmate, had the opportunity to speak to students at Buford Middle, Andrew Jackson High and Buford High schools about that very thing Thursday.

    “I can tell you plenty about making the wrong ones,” Smart said during a telephone interview Wednesday. “I spent 46 of the 50-plus year span from March of 1955 to September of 2005 in prison for the bad choices I made. I would say that makes me an authority on what not to do.”

  • Man behind the mill

    Things were looking up in Lancaster in mid-October of 1959.

    Fifty years ago, the undefeated Lancaster High School Blue Hurricanes had just beaten the Clinton High School Red Devils on a soggy, rain-soaked Presbyterian College field.

    Julian Starr, publisher of The Lancaster News, Dr. J.P. Sims and local attorney D. Glenn “Rock” Yarborough had  been named to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

    Despite an employee’s strike, the Bowater family announced a $30 million expansion at its paper mill along the Catawba River.