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Today's News

  • I'm not wild about boats

    I never thought the day would come when a boat (not made from a refrigerator box) would be parked in my backyard.

    Don’t worry; it’s not mine; I don’t have any use for a fishing boat.

    I’ve always been a creek-bank fisherman.

    I don’t swim and certainly don’t walk on water.

    When I just about drowned at the old Lancaster Pool on Gay Street many years ago, that cured any fascination I had with water.

  • Fort Lawn to adopt budget Tuesday

    FORT LAWN – The town of Fort Lawn will give final approval to a budget that keeps the same level of taxes as the past year.

    Mayor Clif Ferguson said the public can weigh in on the budget at a public hearing at 7     .m. Tuesday, June 2.

    The budget and the town’s two major projects are moving along.

    The town is finishing the legal paperwork to join a regional sewer system with the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

  • Mirror Image

    Like many homes built in the late 1970s and early '80s, azaleas once surrounded the foundation of Carolyn Plyler’s home at 505 Gillsbrook Road.

    While the blooms were beautiful in the spring time, Plyler opted to transplant them to other areas of the yard and replace them with a larger variety of shrubs. 

  • There's a reason it takes 21 steps

    Mr. Evans is away in Maryland this week, so I figured I’d take a stab at this in his absence.

    But technically, he’s here; he’s the one who shared this story with me. So, here goes.

    Mr. Bill said this was a recent question on a round of Final Jeopardy.

    “It’s the number of steps each sentinel takes during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns.”

    “All three of em’ (contestants) missed it,” Evans said.

    If you don’t know the answer, don’t feel bad. At the time, I didn’t know.

  • Memorial Day 2009: Lancaster remembers

    There are 1,080 American flags on the grave markers at Lancaster’s Memorial Park. By this time next year, there will be more.

    Despite overcast skies, about 250 came out to Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon to honor the military dead during the county’s 18th annual Memorial Day service.   

    The flags placed there are a visible reminder that freedom is not free, said Korean War veteran Ernest Stroud, who serves as legislative chairman for the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and S.C. American Legion. 

  • Still in the fight

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Before Tim Williams was a pastor and a parole and probation agent for the state of South Carolina, he was a Marine.

    Now some 37 years after he left Erwin Farm in a pale yellow Ford Mustang for Parris Island, he is a full-time Marine again.

    And for this father of three and grandfather of one who now calls Pageland home, what happened from 1972 to now has put U.S. Navy  Cmdr. Tim Williams in the unique position to answer God’s calling for his life. He was called back to active duty from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in November 2008.

  • Blackmon upbeat about Post 31 hopes

    New Lancaster Legion Post 31 coach Brett Blackmon will be looking to blend a group of veteran players with a solid nucleus of young players in hopes of earning a playoff bid this summer.

    Blackmon sports a group of players who have Legion baseball experience as well as a cast of young players poised to move into senior team roles and contribute.

    “We have to mesh up our younger guys with some of these veteran players and get them working as a unit.” said Blackmon. “I view us as a young team which will improve as the season moves on.”

  • Newberry honors former county prep stars McIlwain, Walters

    Two former Lancaster County high school football standouts were recently honored at the Newberry College football banquet.

    Kamaal McIlwain, a former Indian Land High School football star, received a pair of honors.

    McIlwain, a sophomore, was presented the Most Valuable Defensive Back and Most Valuable Special Teams player.

  • Lady Jackets win, face IL

    County softball rivals Buford and Indian Land have battled three times this spring and they will tangle again today with high stakes on the line in the Class A Upper State championship.

    BHS, which defeated IL in two of the meetings, visits the Lady Warriors’ field today to decide which team advances to the Class A state championship series next week.

  • Lady Jackets in title series lead

    The Buford High girls host game two today at 6 p.m., needing a win to clinch their first-ever state softball championship.

    Buford, the Class A Upper State champion, opened the best-of-three Class A state title series with a 4-0 win over Class A Lower State champion Johnsonville.

    Should Johnsonville win today, a decisive third game is scheduled for Friday at a neutral site.

    Family backing for BHS hurler