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Today's News

  • Take time to care for lawn mower

    As soon as the rain lets up and it’s dry enough to cut grass, the sound of running lawn mowers will fill the air.

    Until that time gets here, why not take advantage of the lull by servicing your mower?

    Most rotary mowers are simple to maintain, according to Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center.

    Just like taking care of an automobile, taking care of a mower by following a regular maintenance schedule keeps it in optimal condition.

    It can also save money by prolonging its lifespan.

  • Man who coached celebrated Titans' team gives motivational speeches here

    KERSHAW – Denzel Washington didn’t stroll in the auditorium at Andrew Jackson High School on May 21, but some students may have thought they got the next best thing.

    Retired football coach Herman Boone – who guided the much-celebrated T.C. Williams High School football team to a Virginia state title years ago – visited AJHS.

    He also visited Lancaster High School, giving motivational speeches to the students at each school.

    He was also the keynote speaker at the district’s Honor Beyond the Field banquet May 21.

  • 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.