Today's News

  • Literacy needs, deserves our community support

    The news that literacy providers have served more than 15,000 people and made an impact of more than $48 million over six years should be welcome to Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn. Our area has many challenges, improving literacy a primary one among them.

    The urgency of improving literacy has been well-documented, but a few statistics bear repeating. Nearly 40 million adults have very low literacy skills, millions of others’ are only marginally higher.

  • Trying terrorist in N.Y. has all the makings of a hung jury

    “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at government expense.”

  • Buck’s story reminds us to control litter

    The Nov. 15 article, “Keeping track of Buck,” is a great story.

    Thanks to The Lancaster News for publishing the story.

    Many thanks to Bill Price for educating us about our wonderful fishers, the Osprey.

     It behooves all of us to be mindful of our trash and how we take care of it so that all of our spectacular wild life does not ingest it. 

    Sandra Danforth


  • Plenty to cheer about at Buford

    There’s been plenty to cheer about at Buford High School this fall.

    The Jackets’ football team finished as the Conference III-A runner-up to eventual state champion Chesterfield.

    The Jackets advanced to the second round before falling to the Rams, who captured their third state crown.

    The Jackets’ cheerleaders, who lead the spirit on game night, also did the maroon and gold proud.

    The Jackets, coached by Julie Thompson, returned to the state championship competition this fall and placed in the top 10.

  • Matt Blackwell Holiday Hoops this weekend

    The eighth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Holiday Hoops Classic, featuring 20 teams, will crown youth basketball champions in four different age divisions this weekend.

    The tournament involves teams who participate in the Moriah Baptist Association League, from first graders to high school seniors.

    Play opened Tuesday night at various church sites and continued Thursday.

    The action continues tonight at the North Elementary School gym and the Lancaster High School gym.

  • Students have right to celebrate Christmas

    At this time of year, educators, administrators, parents and students are concerned about celebrating Christmas at school. I read an article in Home Life magazine that answers questions about specific Christmas activities.

    Can we include religious music in our school assemblies and programs? Yes, Christmas carols are still legal. In Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984, the Supreme Court noted “Christmas hymns and carols in public schools” are one of the legitimate forms of taking official note of Christmas and of our religious heritage.

  • Buford jayvees jolt Junior Vols

    The Buford High junior varsity team built a 23-13 halftime lead and stayed in control to post a 47-33 basketball  win over the Andrew Jackson Junior Vols on Thursday.

    Josh Roach, who hit 24 points, tallied 16 in the first half to pace the Junior Jackets. Roach, in his second double-double of the season, also grabbed 11 rebounds in the Junior Jackets’ 14-point win.

    “We played a complete game,” Buford coach Neil Couch said. “I was real proud of our effort in the win.”

  • We owe so much to 'The Greatest Generation'

    The recent article in The Lancaster News about World War II veterans going to Washington to visit the World War II Monument caused me to remember these great men that I have known.

    Tom Brokaw called these men and women “The Greatest Generation.” Great indeed.

  • Saturday event benefits pets

    It is the season for tinsel and holly, Christmas trees and the presents underneath it and the celebration of the birth of Christ.

    It is also the season of giving just so you can see the delight in the eyes of the gift receiver.

    Let’s not forget warm fuzzy puppies and kittens, who snuggle in your arms and give you kisses enough for a lifetime.

  • Guardian grateful to Honor Flight supporters

    I’m writing this letter in great appreciation to the Honor Flight Kershaw team members, the Rev. Bryant Fersner and Amy Pierce of First Baptist Church of Kershaw, Al Poston, David Williams, John Portman, Ernest Stroud, Ginny Hendrix, Giulia Stellato with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, all guardians who accompanied the veterans and especially Bill Dukes of Columbia, chairman of the board of directors for Honor Flights South Carolina, who made a commitment that as many World War II veterans as possible would get to see their memorial.