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Today's News

  • 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

  • P-31 juniors seek to continue success

    The 2009 Lancaster Post 31 junior team faces a challenge this season after a record run by the 2008 P-31 team last summer.

    The 2008 team, which finished 16-10, earned a first-ever state tournament bid and placed third in the Lake City field.

    The 2009 team, led by first-year coach Josh Pauling, sports a solid unit, including a host of players who played a year ago when the P-31 junior team qualified for the playoffs as the League V runner-up.

  • Buford snuffs Flashes

    JOHNSONVILLE The Buford High School Lady Jackets’ softball team needs one win to produce a program first.

    The 25-9 BHS girls are a game away from winning their first-ever state softball championship.

    The Lady Jackets, 9-2 in postseason play, took a major step toward the Class A state softball crown with a 4-0 win over Lower State champion Johnsonville at the Lady Flashes’ field on Monday.

  • Vols, Jackets notch first-round soccer wins

    Andrew Jackson and Buford posted first-round home playoff soccer wins on Tuesday night.

    The Vols launched the Class AA Upper State playoffs with a  5-0 win over Mid Carolina, while Buford was blanked Landrum 7-0 in the Class A playoffs.

    AJ senior Jason Faile, a USC-Sumter soccer signee, scored three goals to pace the Vols, who held a 3-0 lead at the half.

    Tyler Stroud and Justin Deese each added a goal for the winners. Tyler Dinkins, Brandon Neal and Paul Harris each had an assist for AJ.

    Senior keeper Justin Sellers notched the shutout.

  • Buford sweeps into state

    INDIAN LAND  Buford’s diamond mission was simple get it done the hard way and the battling Lady Jackets did so in flying colors BHS maroon and gold.

    Buford, needing two wins over county rival Indian Land, swept the Lady Warriors 5-2 and 6-0 to capture its first Class A Upper State softball championship at the IL field on Friday.

    The sweep sends BHS to the best-of-three Class A state title series Monday when the Lady Jackets venture to Lower State champion Johnsonville for the opening game.