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Today's News

  • I like wearing bathrobe to church

    I guess I was just too young to understand or didn’t know better.

    Having a manger scene in front of the courthouse or in your front yard was an accepted norm.

    Now, as one of the brightest (and best, I dare say) young men on the rolls at First Baptist Church, I didn’t bat an eye when Mama started getting her “boys” ready for the annual telling of the Christmas story out in the church sanctuary.

    She was more than my mom; she taught my Sunday school class, too. 

  • Poetry Out Loud

    Michaela DeBruhl uses poetry to bring joy to others while taking them to a place they’ve never been before.

    The Andrew Jackson High School freshman brought that joy center stage Dec. 16 when she captured first place in the Lancaster County School District’s second annual Poetry Out Loud contest.

    The competition requires students to memorize 19th or 20th century poems and recite them in front of judges at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Holiday Hoops crowns four champs

    The eighth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Holiday Hoops Classic, featuring 20 teams, capped play Saturday night when champions were crowned in four different divisions.

    The week-long tournament involved teams who participate in the Moriah Baptist Association League, from first graders to high school seniors.

    Games were played during the week at area church gyms (Hyde Park Baptist and First Baptist of Kershaw), with weekend games played at North Elementary School and Lancaster High School.

    All championship games were played at Lancaster High.

  • Lady Bruins earn third

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins used a strong finish to capture third place in the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic at Rock Hill High School on Tuesday.

    The Lancaster girls, who evened their mark at 4-4, rolled to a 54-42 win over the host Lady Bearcats.

    The Lady Bruins, in a roller coaster game, used a 22-15 flurry to close the game to notch the 12-point win.

    Lancaster held a 15-12 lead after one period before turning up the pressure with a 14-2 run to gain a 29-14 halftime spread.

  • Open the door of opportunity

    Since his days as a firefighter for the city of Lancaster, local businessman Gonzie Mackey has been in the middle of bicycle sprockets, handle bars and kickstands this time of year.

    Mackey and the brothers of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church repair and recondition used bicycles to give to children as Christmas gifts.

    But this year, it’s been a little different. Mackey said There aren’t enough bicycles to go around.

    “Last year, we had bikes lined up as far as you could see,” Mackey said.

  • Landrie leads Warriors' effort in Lugoff-Elgin tournament

    Indian Land High School senior wrestler Dakota Landrie highlighted the Warriors’ effort in the Demon Classic at Lugoff-Elgin over the weekend with a runner-up finish in the 189-pound class.

    Landrie was 5-1 for the tournament which opened Friday and concluded Saturday.

    “Dakota had a solid tournament for the weekend and I was proud of his effort,” Indian Land coach Mike Kersey said. “He wrestled hard and gave it his best, but he lost to a better wrestler in the final round.”

  • Avoid the Christmas party rush

    The season to spend a little leisure time with family, friends and co-workers is now in full swing.

    But that also means the time to do so is at a premium. Here are a few tips and recipes to help you spend a little more time enjoying the social components of the holidays and less time preparing for it.

  • Swain was a work of Art

    Saturday morning the Lancaster Bassmasters were busy with their annual Christmas project of reaching out to the community. The Lancaster sportfishing club each yule season provides toys, food and needed supplies for those less fortunate. Ironically, the same time  the Bassmasters were busy spreading cheer, a memorial service was held for one of the club’s charter members, Art Swain.

  • Derrick Stogner an expert salesman

    Derrick Stogner is only 14 years old.

    But when it comes to Fraser firs, he already knows more than I ever will.

    Derrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 180 and a freshman at Buford High School, knew exactly what Ronny Faile and I were looking for when we stopped by the troop’s Christmas tree lot Tuesday evening.

    That live tree is now decked and visible from the window of Lakewood Christian Church on Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Kershaw raises its garbage rates

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will see an increase in their garbage rates in the new year.

    During its first meeting at its new town hall on Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of an amendment to the town’s budget.