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Today's News

  • Spratt ‘in it to win it’

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, acknowledged that he’s facing a tough opponent in Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    Spratt made brief remarks at a barbecue held the historic Craig House on Friday night. Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, is now serving as a state senator in District 16.

    Lindsay Pettus, a local historian, gave a brief introduction for Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982.

    “Of all the congressmen in the country, you deserve to go back to Washington,” Pettus said.

  • Band of Oz to open See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series

    The Band of Oz will kick up plenty of shaggin’ sand at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the opening act for the 2010-11 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    One of the biggest acts in beach music history, the Band of Oz was formed in1967 by friends who played together in the Rose High School Stage Band (Greenville, N.C.).

    At the time, their only goal was to make a little money as a part-time band playing frat parties and high school proms.

    However, their non-stop, fan-friendly stage shows and tight, horn section sound soon drew the attention of record labels.

  • Moore: ‘It is inexcusable’

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said Lancaster County School District officials will not tolerate the type of assault made last week against Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar.

    Farrar was punched multiple times in the face Monday during an open house at the school. The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44 – has been charged with assault and battery in the incident.

  • Remembering fallen Lions

    Prior to the start of the seventh annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a moment of silence was held in memory of two Lewisville High School athletes who died earlier this month.

    Those remembered were Lions’ football player Brian Colvin and cheerleader Catherine Elizabeth Fowler.

    Colvin, a standout Lions’ football player, died after collapsing on the field in the Chester County Jamboree last week in Chester. His funeral was earlier in the week. Fowler was killed in an auto accident two weeks ago.

  • County trio triumphs

    A trio of county teams – Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster – posted wins to help the home side prevail in the seventh annual Founders Kickoff Classic on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

    Andrew Jackson  rallied for an exciting 19-14 win over McBee High School,  while the Jackets and Bruins each posted shutout victories.

    Buford blanked Class AAA Fort Mill 6-0 and Lancaster downed county foe Indian Land 14-0.

    The lone visiting team to win was Central of Pageland which rolled to a 20-8 victory over Great Falls.

    Vols rally by Panthers

  • Sutton, Evans lead juniors’ play in annual all-star state tournament

    Lancaster junior golfers “T” Sutton and Baylee Evans captured state titles during play in the 20th annual Thomas D. Todd all-stars championship.

    The tournament is sponsored by the S.C. Junior Golf Association and was held at the Pickens Country Club in Pickens on Aug. 14-15.

    Sutton, a Buford Elementary School fourth grade student, blitzed the boys 8-9 field, shooting a 69 (36-33) over 18 holes to post an 11-shot win.

  • School Tools drive winds down

    Despite a slow economy, Communities is Schools’ annual School Tools supply drive was able to collect hundreds of school supplies that will benefit area school children in need.

    The campaign, which collects pencils, notebooks and other items, began Aug. 1 and will end Tuesday.

    This year, locals have been able to donate supplies at one of the BB&T locations in the county – on Main Street in Lancaster and off Charlotte Highway in Indian Land.

    BB&T served as the lone drop-off location for the Communities in Schools (CIS) drive this year.

  • Police reports - Aug. 29, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Sammie Terrell Catoe, 26, of 1648 Billings Drive, was charged Aug. 11 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat belt violation.

    • Joshua William Deaton, 23, of Great Falls, was charged Aug. 12 with simple possession of marijuana, operating an uninsured vehicle and violation of open container violation.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Several storage units at H&H Chevrolet in Kershaw were broken into between Aug. 20 and 23.

  • Gilliam has good reason to be proud

    If you see coach Roosevelt “Sandy” Gilliam these days, he’s likely beaming.

    Coach Gilliam has every right to be.

    The 2010  College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies included a  couple of his former players, Emerson Boozer and Willie Jefferies, who were enshrined during ceremonies in South Bend, Ind., just over a month ago.

  • The Big Four

    It happens on Saturday mornings from April through late October.

    A gung-ho, do-it-yourselfer steps outside, breathes deeply and heads to the shed to get out the mower.

    He checks the fluids, adjusts the throttle and either pulls the crank cord or turns the ignition switch.

    Nothing happens.

    Then, he wastes half the day trying to get the mower started. And if it doesn’t, he loads up the mower to take it to a repair shop on Monday.