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Today's News

  • Soccer teams open playoffs

    County soccer teams launch their state title hopes this week as postseason play opens in all classes. The girls begin playoff action Monday, with the boys’ teams slated to open play Tuesday. Andrew Jackson and Indian Land will have girls’ teams involved in the Class AA playoffs. The IL girls host Greenville Tech in the opening round Monday at 6 p.m.

  • Obama's win 'means a lot,' says 105-year-old local man

    Nathaniel Truesdale remembers not being allowed inside certain establishments simply because of the color of his skin.

    The 105-year-old Lancaster County man said he's been called the "N-word" more times than he can count. For a long time, he felt like a second-class citizen.

    While conditions for blacks have improved considerably during his lifetime, Truesdale never thought he'd see the day when a black person was elected president.

  • Mick Mulvaney talks election, issues, his future

    Mick Mulvaney began his journey into politics years ago.

    Long before the discussions about school vouchers or housing developments and before his run two years ago for the S.C. House District 45 seat, Mulvaney was interested in the political process.

    "I worked on Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign. I stuffed envelopes for Reagan in Mecklenburg County," Mulvaney said. "I've been close to politics since I was young."

    Mulvaney, 41, was born in Alexandria, Va., but has lived in the Charlotte area since he was 1.

  • Stand up, be quiet for our veterans

    At one time, the significance of Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – wasn’t lost on anyone.   Of course, World War I ended years before I was born, but Uncle Harry made sure I was well-schooled on what he called the Great War or the War to End All Wars.  There was a bunch of World War I soldiers around, too.  Come to think of it, Mr. Jim Mahaffey (the grandfather of James, Ralph and Doris) lived just up the street from me.  Mr.

  • USCL awards diplomas in ceremony

    Saturday's graduation at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a big step for Jeremy Stroud.

    The 33-year-old history major tried his luck at college several years ago, but says he didn't have the focus to succeed. After going from city to city playing in a small rock band, he realized it was time to go back to school and work toward a career.

    He was awarded an associate's in science degree during the ceremony at USCL's Bundy Auditorium.

    The keynote address from former Gov. Jim Hodges resonated with Stroud.

  • No rain means LMS top night

    For the eighth straight week, clouds loomed over Lancaster Motor Speedway, again looking as if it would bring the dreaded word all race fans hate – rain. But Mother Nature relented and for the second straight week, the track got in a full event between brief showers. First up was the young guns. Starting on the front row were a pair of previous winners, Andrew Blackwood and Austin Baker.

  • Capital projects slashed in county budget

    Cut back.

    That's what Councilman Wayne Kersey suggested the county do when County Administrator Steve Willis gave council the grim news about the 2008-09 county budget.

    Kersey said he didn't want to continue to burden the people of Lancaster County. The budget right now is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year.

  • Man on trial for '06 shooting death

    The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon in the death of Lamont Witherspoon, who suffered a fatal gunshot on a Lancaster street while others stood close by in December 2006.

    Jerry McGriff, 38, of Lancaster, is on trial for the murder.

    The state alleges that McGriff shot Witherspoon after an altercation outside the Taylor Street residence of Barbara Green, who the two men were reportedly romantically involved with.

  • Speaker: Redefine what 'cool' is to motivate boys to achieve

    How can you help black boys reach their potential?

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and inspirational speaker, often ponders that question and recently gave Lancaster County residents a wealth of pointers to find solutions.

    Wynn was one of two keynote speakers at the second State of the African American Male Conference, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, another educator, was the other keynote speaker.

    Set goals for black boys

  • IL's Scott leads state qualifiers

    A trio of Indian Land High  athletes captured firsts at the Class A Upper State track meet at Landrum. IL also claimed three seconds and a fourth. The Warriors have seven athletes set to compete in the Class A state meet on Saturday at Spring Valley. Wes Scott, IL’s ace distance runner, won the 3200-meter run in 11:02 and 1600-meter run in 4:58.8. IL freshman Mariah Williams also placed in two events, finishing first in the 100 meters hurdles in 17.66 and fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 10-inch effort.