Today's News

  • Pie lovers, unite

    If any American food deserves its own celebration, it’s pie. The American Pie Council has declared Jan. 23 as National Pie Day.

    While Americans didn’t create the first pie (it’s believed the Egyptians did about 2000 B.C. before passing it on to the Greeks who spread it throughout the Roman Empire), it somehow evolved into our national dessert.

    That’s strange considering that early pies were predominantly made from inedible rye crusts, goat cheese and honey.

    But as the popularity of pie increased, so did the combinations.

  • KERSHAW On a night when Andrew Jackson honored its hoops heritage, the Volunteers capped the evening with a stirring win.

    AJ boys coach Dale Reeves called his team’s 57-55 comeback win the team’s “best game of the season.”

    “We want to make the playoffs and what you do in region play determines that,” Reeves said. “We knew we had to go out and win here tonight.

    “We were coming off a tough loss at Central, but we maintained our intensity and focus,” Reeves said.

  • Lancers sign Hammond

    Lancaster High School senior pitcher Trevor Hammond will continue to play at LHS’s Doomsday Corner, but with a different team.

    Hammond, after he caps his LHS baseball career this spring, will have two more seasons at the Bruins’ field.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which plays its home games at the LHS park, has signed Hammond to play for the Lancers.

    “I’m really excited about playing at USCL,” Hammond said. “I feel the Lancers’ program is on the rise and I want to be a part of that.

  • Jackets wrestlers roll in mat sweep at CMA

    No. 4 Buford High School rolled to a pair of impressive wrestling wins, downing Camden Military, 60-24 and Class AAAA Hartsivlle, 72-12 at CMA on Tuesday night.

    In routing the HHS Red Foxes, BHS had an easy time with six forfeits in posting the 60-point victory. Buford bolted to a 30-0 lead and cruised to the win.

    Jackets’ pin winners with two each in the tri-match included Rashad Cunningham, James Shehane, Zack Wright and Johntrell Caudle.

    Buford, in topping CMS, surged to a 36-6 spread on the way to the 36-point win.

  • Wing King takes off

    It’s a risk to open a new small business, even during good economic times.

    But despite the current downturn in the economy, the owners of Wing King Cafe in Lancaster have been pleasantly overwhelmed at the response to its newest restaurant.

    Wing King Cafe, 426 S.C. 9 Bypass East, opened Dec. 14, and the restaurant has been busy since Day 1, say owners Kim and Bobby Jones and Lori and Brad Hartley.

    “Busy is a good thing,” Lori Hartley said.

  • A reward for top readers

    The suspense came to an all-time high for a group of students at Clinton Elementary School just days after returning to school after the winter break.

    Several fourth-graders in Kristal Salyer’s class had met and exceeded their reading challenge – each reading more than 6,700 minutes worth of books.

    For their effort, Salyer would reward them in a big way.

    But just how?

    It would be a surprise, and they’d have to wait until Jan. 7 to get it.

  • Linking parents to opportunities

    Chris Jacobs didn’t foresee the day when he’d be looking for a job at this stage of his life.

    The Lancaster native had worked in circulation at The State newspaper in Columbia for 13 years before being laid off in March because of company downsizing.

    Jacobs still hasn’t found another job and is now looking for assistance to improve his chances of getting hired.

    He said Erwin Elementary School is lending a helping hand.

  • Bluegrass on steroids

    Music has a way of lifting your spirits.

    Just ask Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes.

    In 1999, their oldest daughter, Shelly, 20, died in her sleep from respiratory failure.

    To cope with the loss, Jere, a carpenter for the Los Angeles County school system and Sandy, who was homeschooling their children, Cia, B.J., Skip and Molly Kate, took the family to a nearby bluegrass festival.

    There – while listening to Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys – the Cherryholmes found healing.

    They also found inspiration and a new calling on their lives.

  • Use it or lose it

    These days, fitness means more than a walk on the treadmill for those at Prime Time for Seniors Center.

    A group there is learning how to exercise their minds through Breakfast for your Brain.

    Based on Dr. Marge Engleman’s “Aerobics of the Mind,” the weekly course teaches seniors to take mental fitness seriously.

    Until about 25 years ago, most researchers believed that memory loss was a part of the natural aging process.

  • I'll let the old folks do the worrying

    Make-believe gives a growing boy the chance to take a magical trip where his imagination rules the roost.

    There are no illegal substances involved, and even better, there are no folks judging or finding fault with your choices.

    That’s the beauty of being a youngster.

    But no matter how hard we try, reality eventually sets in and we have to face the task of returning to the present.

    Try as we might, we just can’t click our heels together and wish change into being. It takes hard work and willpower to get things done.