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Today's News

  • Judge gives 27-year sentence in carjacking, kidnapping case

    Phillip Sims told Judge Brooks Goldsmith that he has been addicted to drugs all of his adult life and he wasn’t in his right mind when he carjacked a van with two young children inside last year.

    On Friday, Goldsmith sentenced Sims, 31, to 27 years in prison on carjacking, kidnapping, possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

  • Griffins publishes first mystery

    If a couple of the characters in Dr. John Griffin’s latest book, “Murder in the Low Country” seem familiar, that’s OK.

    Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said they’re supposed to.

    Griffin will be signing copies of the book at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gallery, 201 W. Gay St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Griffin sees Bronson sheriff and narrator Catlette “Cat” Wolfe every time he looks in a mirror.

  • Gardening was meant to be simple

    One recent morning – as four or five snowflakes cast a film over the sidewalk – I relaxed with sips of hot coffee after reading the newspaper,  and pondered plans to wish my son, Blake, a happy birthday.

    You know, our second-born isn’t a little fella who romps through the house in muddy shoes on days like this any more.

    The years have flown by, or so it seems. Soon, I’ll be 76.

    Thank goodness, I happened across this newspaper article about folks growing vegetables in small plots.

  • AJ salutes ace Volunteers

    KERSHAW Fall’s finest and winter wonders drew the “Big Orange Country” spotlight at the annual Andrew Jackson High School fall-winter sports banquet Thursday night.

    A host of athletes earned recognition for their play in five varsity sports at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    Record-setting senior quarterback Daniel Pardue drew his share of accolades during the night.

    Pardue, a first-team all-region and all-county pick, was named the AJ football Most Valuable Player.

  • Pope earns award for service

    From Release

    Mike Pope, former Indian Land High School football coach, was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the S.C. Football Coaches Association on Feb. 13 in Myrtle Beach.

    Pope has coached for 34 years at nine schools in South Carolina. He began his career at his alma mater, Piedmont High, in 1974.

    He later coached at Lancaster, Sumter, Blackville-Hilda, Indian Land, Goose Creek, Seneca, Hillcrest, Lakewood and Walhalla high schools.

    His record as head coach was 38-6 at Blackville-Hilda and 27-58 at Indian Land.

  • Time has come to spring forward

    It’s time to “Spring forward.”

    Sunday at 2 a.m. signals the start of daylight-saving time, when Americans set their clocks ahead by an hour to create another hour of sunlight each evening.

    Here are a few interesting facts about the time change you may not be aware of:

    – It’s officially called daylight-saving time, not daylight-savings time.

  • 4-H Fun Day set for Saturday

    About 300 people showed up for last year’s inaugural 4-H Fun Day.

    Given this weekend’s weather forecast, Ashley Hinson is looking for a heavy turnout for the second annual event, which raises community awareness of the 4-H programs for youth in Lancaster.

    4-H Fun Day is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ace Hardware and Garden Center, 714 S. Market St. Forecasters are calling for clear skies, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, which is a contrast to weather on the last two weekends.

  • Teamwork key in South girls' 14-0 season

    Teamwork will take a team a long way.

    South Middle School basketball coach Amanda Mings said the Lady Mustangs’ ability to play together was the key element in the SMS girls’ run to a second unbeaten season in the last three seasons.

    The Lady Mustangs recently capped a banner season with a 14-0 hardwood record.

    Two seasons ago, the South girls fashioned a 13-0 mark and followed with an 11-3 record last winter.

    The Lady Mustangs’ 2008-09 team featured four returnees, including two starters.

  • KLS Run for Ryan set April 25

    The pace has been picked up for the area Kleine-Levin Syndrome event to raise funds and awareness for KLS.

    In the past two years, Walk for Ryan events were held at the Lancaster High School track.

    The 2009 event, known as Run for Ryan, features a county track meet at the LHS track on April 25. The meet draws girls and boys teams from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and  Lancaster.

  • Green helps children, families cope with behavior problems

    How many people can say that their favorite part of work is getting hugs?

    Not too many, but for Christine Green, a doctor at Morphis Pediatric Group Child and Adolescent Behavior Services, this is a regular part of her day.

    Green believes that there was a definite need for a practice such as this in Lancaster. She sees patients from all over the county and surrounding areas.

    The practice opened in October.