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Today's News

  • Long looking for NDRA title

    Matt Long will enter Lancaster Speedway as one of the favorites to carry home the $2,500 first place payday in the inaugural running of the NDRA Finals Saturday night, but Long has bigger plans.

    The personable Ohio transplant sits just 42 points out of the championship lead and that carries a $10,000 check.

    “Lancaster is going to be fun,” said Long. “My goal is a top three in the final points. We would need a lot of luck to win the points, but anything is possible this weekend.”

  • Duo facing elite foes

    Lancaster and Buford face major challenges in prep football playoff action Friday night.

    Lancaster, in the Class AAAA Div. I playoffs for the second straight season, venture to Goose Creek to face the highly-regarded Gators.

    Buford, also on the road, has a shorter bus ride, but an equally tough test as the Jackets face Chesterfield.

    Both games are set for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.

    The Bruins’ clash with the Gators, 8-3, is only the second football meeting between the two schools, but the last meeting is quite fresh on the GCHS’s mind.

  • Mangum is focusing on NDRA race at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday night

    When it was announced the National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) would hold its inaugural NDRA Finals at Lancaster Speedway one local driver was “licking his chops.”

    Lancaster driver Timbo Mangum will enter the Saturday event only 20 points out of the lead. Mangum cut his racing teeth at the lightning-fast, half-mile track and has extensive knowledge of the legendary oval.

  • Kersey to lead A-AA South

    For the second time in his wrestling coaching career, Indian Land High School coach Mike Kersey has been selected to coach in the annual North-South Wrestling tournament.

    Kersey, the Warriors’ coach for nine seasons, will serve as the Class A-AA South head coach.

    “Coach Kersey is in his second stint as a North-South coach and that is quite an honor,” said Tommy Bell, the wrestling coach at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville. “Coach Kersey has been an active member of our wrestling coaches association.

  • Penegar has solid run in Class AAAA cross country meet

    Wylie Penegar finished 37th overall out of 135 runners with a time of 17:10 in the Class AAAA state cross country meet at the Sandhills Research Park course in Columbia on Saturday.

    Penegar’s effort beat his state meet time from the previous season, and is a strong  starting point to build from for his senior season next fall.

    He ran a 5:08 in the first mile and was at 10:45 for the second mile.

  • The tie that binds

    The late Hobert Skaggs always had a hidden reason behind everything he did.

    The mandolin that 5-year-old Ricky Skaggs found in his bed one Saturday morning some 50 years ago, and the G, C and D chords that Hobert taught his son weren’t just learning tools and a musical instrument.

    It was Hobert’s connection to his Eastern Kentucky childhood that was lost when his brother was killed in World War II.

  • Lantern tour lights up history

    Andrew Jackson State Park will have a different aura Saturday night when stories are woven around burning campfires and shadows cast by flickering candles.

    However, these won’t be ghost stories or tall tales.

    It’s the annual Life in the Waxhaws lantern tour at the park which bears the name of a president. 

    The lantern tour offers a historical look at 18th century life in the Waxhaws during the 1780s when Jackson was a lad.

  • What is The Tribe?

    INDIAN LAND – What started as a simple homework assignment has blossomed into a full-fledged school spirit club at Indian Land High School.

    As part of an assignment in her advanced-placement English class last year, then-junior Taylor Altier was asked to write a proposal about what she would change at her school. Altier, 17, already had an idea about what could be improved.

  • Author mentors young writers

    INDIAN LAND – A few young aspiring writers recently got the chance to receive one-on-one mentorship from a nationally known author.

    Caroline B. Cooney, who has written dozens of books for teenagers, worked with a select group of students at Indian Land Middle and Indian Land High schools on two separate days earlier this month.

    Cooney, now a Sun City Carolina Lakes resident, saw the high school students Nov. 3 and the middle school students Tuesday. The workshop sessions were held at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

  • I have a hard time spelling plagiarism

    Someone recently asked if all of my “Remember When” ideas come from the Internet. 

    The answer is no. Since the first column in 2003, the stuff I write every Sunday is solely based on my memories of growing up along Chesterfield Avenue in downtown Lancaster.

    I catch a fit trying to spell plagiarism, let alone trying to do it.

    Now, if by chance, you see more than one reference to the washing of my dog, Tiger, well, bless your heart. That means you’re keeping up. After all, I gave my favorite all-time dog more than one bath.