Today's News

  • Column: 50th-place ranking should jolt us to action

    There is probably no topic that has been the subject of this column more often than education. And the reason is very simple: if we don’t fix education in this state, nothing else really matters.
    The road to a prosperous future for South Carolina runs past the schoolhouse door.
    Unfortunately, in South Carolina this road (like our highways) is full of potholes and in great need of repair after suffering from years of neglect. As a recent US News and World Report ranking showed, overall our state is 50th in education.

  • Riner-Crolley Engagement

    Dean and Wendy Riner announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Riner, all of Lancaster, to Dolan Crolley of Sumter.

    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. July 1 at The Farm at Ridgeway in Ridgeway.

  • Trujillo-Hotham Engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Trujillo announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Trujillo, all of Lancaster, to Ralph Hotham Jr., of Kershaw.

    The wedding is planned for 11 a.m. Dec. 16, 2017, in Lancaster.

    Miss Trujillo is employed with Comporium.

    Mr. Hotham is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hotham Sr., of Kershaw. He is employed with Trinity Industries.

  • Greene-Robinson Engagement

     Kevin and Angela Greene announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Greene, all of Monroe, N.C., to William Robinson of Kershaw.

    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. June 17 in Monroe, N.C.

    Miss Greene is the granddaughter of Earl and Shirley Griffin and Charles and Doris Greene. She is a 2010 graduate of Piedmont High School and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry.

  • Pardue Iron Club duo shines in Europa Games

    HEATH SPRINGS – A pair of female powerlifters out of the Pardue Iron Club in Heath Springs racked up titles in the Europa Games held April 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

    Candice Maness and Priscilla Pardue, in Masters 3 (age 50-54), won their respective weight divisions at the competition.

    Maness, in the 165-pound weight class, won with a total of 677.7 pounds (307.5 kilos).

  • AJ’s Hendrix to play at Erskine

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School ace pitcher Morgan Hendrix is headed to Due West to continue her education and softball career.

    That’s Due West as in Erskine College, a NCAA Division II school and a member of the Conference Carolinas.

  • Gamecock Club’s Spurs Up tour upbeat

    FORT LAWN – The Gamecock Club’s Spurs Up Tour hit a high note Tuesday night during the Lancaster County Gamecocks Club’s annual spring meeting at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    A crowd of 470 Gamecock fans, some who lined up 90 minutes prior to the start of the meeting, packed the seafood restaurant to hear USC head football coach Will Muschamp and Gamecocks’ women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley.

  • Jackets booters blank Tigers, advance

    The Buford High School boys soccer team posted its second straight home playoff win, taking a 1-0 win over Saluda High School in the second round of the Class AA Upper State playoffs at rain-soaked Jackets Stadium on Thursday night.

    Fourth-seeded BHS, the Region IV-AA champion, scored late in the match to edge the fifth-seeded SHS Tigers.

    Buford opened the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Gray Collegiate Academy of Columbia on Tuesday night.

  • Jackets have to battle

    Buford, en route to the Class AA District VII baseball crown, battled back through the loser’s bracket, and it appears the Jackets will have to do the same in the Class AA Lower State championship series.

    Buford, 12-16-1 on the season, opened the double-elimination Class AA Lower State titles series with a tough 2-1 loss to Latta High School on Thursday night.

  • Lancaster woman publishing poetry to inspire others

    Denesha Degraffenreid decided at the end of a four-day trip to Texas that she would drive on to  California and pitch an idea at a book publisher.

    Her dream to write a poetry book was all she thought about as she headed toward Los Angeles in her 2008 Honda. The plan to write a book became a reality after she was inspired by the publisher, who took Degraffenreid, a first-time author, under her wing.
    Degraffenreid, 27, has written poetry since elementary school, so she collected what she’d written through the years and wrote some new pieces.