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Today's News

  • Americans should be working together for a change

    Under the guise of stating facts about our new president, Rob Emory in his Nov. 7 column, “Let’s hope America hasn’t been fooled,” lists no facts about our new president.

    Rather he re-circulates the myths and distortions that surfaced in the effort to smear our new president during a negative campaign that reached a historic low.

  • Offense key in LHS hopes

    Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins’ offense will play a “critical” role in LHS’s hopes Friday night in the Class AAAA state semifinals.

    The 10-3 Bruins visit Northwestern of Rock Hill to battle the No. 1 seeded Trojans for the chance to play for the Class AAAA Division II state football championship on Dec. 5 in Clemson.

  • Meet our ambassadors of good will

    Years ago I wrote a feature package entitled “Angels unawares.” It was based on Scripture found in Hebrews 13:2, basically saying that sometimes strangers can be “angels unawares.”

    The package featured several Lancaster County folks who shared their experiences of being helped by a stranger. Almost all of them described these helpful strangers as angels.

    I, also, have encountered similar strangers. And I am eternally grateful to them.

  • Warrior logo should not be put on tower

    Some people in Indian Land are circulating a petition that asks the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District to put Warriors, the Indian Land schools’ mascot on a new water tower between Indian Land Middle and Elementary schools. While we appreciate that some Indian Land residents are taking pride in their local schools and want to promote them, we don’t think this is a good idea.

  • County to use old Springs store for court

    A once-popular store where residents bought sheets, towels and other home products will be converted into a temporary hall of justice for Lancaster County.

    Court cases will be held in the old Springs Global’s Wamsutta store on S.C. 9, across from the textile company’s Grace Complex and Customer Service Center. The store closed in January.

    Lancaster County bought the 27,100-square-foot building for $825,000 from money officials reserved for temporary court expenses a few months ago, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • IL students show team spirit through food drive

    INDIAN LAND – No matter the outcome of the Carolina-Clemson football game on Saturday, Carolina was the winner at Indian Land Elementary School.

    Students were challenged to do a canned food drive to benefit HOPE in Lancaster on Nov. 17. To take the excitement up a notch, the students were told to bring in cans for their favorite team, either the University of South Carolina or Clemson University. The two rivals face off at noon Saturday at Clemson’s Death Valley.

    Team spirit

  • Parent confused about spanking rights for children

    I am a mother of two elementary school students. I was just informed that spanking is allowed in school and parents don’t have to be notified. I find that odd. Department of Social Services will tell you that you cannot spank your children with an object and you can never leave a mark or it is considered child abuse.

    A paddle at school will assuredly leave a mark, and it is an object. I do not understand what gives the school the right to strike my child, yet I don’t have that right for myself.

  • Junior Ranger program promotes nature

    A way to get outside and take in some of nature’s beauty is one reason behind the Junior Ranger program featured at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    AJ State Park is located north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.

    “Children are not getting in nature like in generations past,” said Laura Ledford, the AJ State Park interpretive ranger. “Parents and communities need to find ways to get kids outside.”

    AJ State Park is one of 16 statewide sites chosen to host the program that seeks to involve children exploring nature.

  • Culinary arts class creates perfect holiday dessert

    Sometimes, the best recipes go through a lot of hands before making it to the table.

    This version of Pumpkin Mousse is a good example of that.

    Kimberly Gulledge of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life sent me a Thanksgiving card that included the recipe.

    Suddenly, the light bulb above my head went off.

    It seems that Wal-Mart had donated some leftover pumpkins to the culinary arts class at Lancaster High School.

  • Prize categories encourage parade entries to get creative

    Residents participating in this year’s Lancaster Christmas parade will have a chance to win a variety of awards.

    Carrie Miller, event coordinator for See Lancaster, said the parade’s organizing committee has announced four categories for this year’s parade, scheduled for Dec. 13. The categories are: best use of lighting, best overall entry, most entertaining walking group and best float.

    A team of three judges will select the winners. The winners will each win an engraved plaque, a certificate and $50.