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Today's News

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • Siren switch puts me in a bind

    On a very cold afternoon, I stood by the old North Bridge in Concord, Mass., trying to get a good handle on what happened on this patch of land more than 200 years ago.

    It was here, on April 19, 1775, where about 500 militia fought and defeated three companies of the King George’s troops.

    Romanticized in hundreds of history books, the “shots were heard around the world” signaled the start of the American Revolution.

    It kind of reminds me of the two shots America fired 65 years ago this week to end the war of all wars.

  • Standing the test of time

    Growing up, Jeff Whisnant always figured he’d drive an 18-wheeler for a living.

    But sometimes childhood plans don’t quite work out. Only part of that one did.

    “I just drive a bus, instead,” he said.

    When that bus crosses the state line into Lancaster County today, he will be behind the wheel. His wife, Susan, and their sons, Austin, 16, and Ethan, 13, will be on it, along with Aaron Hise and Eric Ollis.

    That bus has become a way of life for the Whisnants, one of the leading trios in Southern gospel music.

  • Eastside Baptist to host women's conference

    The women of Eastside Baptist Church are taking a leap of faith. 

    For the first time ever, they will be hosting a women’s conference, presented by New Desire Christian Ministries, on Friday and Saturday.

    New Desire Christian Ministries is a nondenominational ministry founded on the truths taught in God’s Word. It is led by Brenda Robinson and her evangelist husband, Dan.

  • Prep coaches note strides

    Lancaster County high school football coaches noted bright spots and areas of attention after opening scrimmages Friday afternoon.

    Teams continue work this week in preparation for the opening of the 2010 jamboree schedule.

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    Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins’ scrimmage with host Chesterfield and Class AAAA South Florence High School was a mixed bag Friday night.

  • Good News Trio to host benefit for Jerry Scott

     

    Want to help?

    WHAT: A benefit Southern gospel music singing for Jerry Scott, featuring the Good News Trio and King’s Cause

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 14

    WHERE: Kershaw Second Baptist Church, 7737 Kershaw Camden Highway

    HOW MUCH: Free, with 100 percent of a love offering going to defray Scott’s medical expenses

  • In the swim

    Madelyn Rainey, an outstanding youth swimmer from Tampa, Fla., doesn’t miss a chance to do something she enjoys.

    Rainey, the granddaughter of Jay and Libby Rainey, was returning from a Tennessee family vacation earlier this week and made a stop in Lancaster.

    During the vacation in the Tennessee mountains, Rainey, on a hike, suffered a broken bone in her left forearm after a fall.

    Still, the injury couldn’t halt the yearn of a pool return.

  • IL Walmart to open Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The new Indian Land Walmart store will be overstaffed when it opens Wednesday.

    “I want it overstaffed so we make sure we have everything the customer needs,” store manager John Clevenger said Thursday. “And this way we can have every register open for its first five days.”

    Walmart aimed to fill about 350 positions, but have already hired about 370 employees for the store, Clevenger said.

  • Surprise candidate files for mayor

    Mary Helen Yarborough compares herself to a rookie baseball pitcher who can bring new energy to a team. And she likens incumbent Mayor Joe Shaw to a seasoned player who’s weary from many years of service.

    Yarborough said the need for a new face and fresh ideas is the reason she wants to be the city of Lancaster’s next mayor. She filed to run Tuesday afternoon at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • His eye is on the spaniel, too

    On July 25-31, the members of Second Baptist Church put their faith in action through The Way, an initiative that focuses on the needs of others.

    There was an array of mission-themed activities to choose from, ranging from washing cars to health care and reaching out to bikers.

    “We go out to mow a lawn, but that’s not the ultimate goal,” said Larry Helm, who oversees pastoral care at Second Baptist Church. “The purpose of The Way is sharing God’s love.”