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Today's News

  • James Neely, 83, takes plunge of faith

    When it comes to baptism, age is never an issue.Neither is a medical condition. Just ask 83-year-old James Neely.Neely, who is confined to a wheelchair, was baptized Sept. 24 at Crestview Baptist Church.James’ health might not be the best and he might be hard of hearing, but he realized it was time to make peace with the Lord at a recent singing at New Hope Baptist Church in Heath Springs, said his wife, Jackie Neely.The Neelys have been married for 60 years.

  • Deborah Long has qualities to represent us in statehouse

    In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to hear Deborah Long and Fred Thomas, candidates for the S.C. District 45 seat, speak. These two individuals present themselves well and come across as intelligent and concerned persons.

    However, Deborah Long impresses me as the more qualified individual for this House seat.

  • Repeat performers: Flemings mix, reuse potted plants each growing season

    On a late afternoon, Ray and Barbara Fleming relax by soaking in the view from the front porch swing at their home at 317 Bailey Road.Hanging baskets filled with potato vines and ferns surround them while, just ahead, the front door is flanked by towers of ivy that winds and climbs along pointed wire forms.Rocking chairs welcome guests to join them to sit and enjoy the day, too.The view extends to the front yard where a blend of low-maintenance shrubs with colorful foliage are complemented by perennial and annual blooms.

  • Mulvaney understands value of public education

    Education has been a hot topic in local political races. As the current chairman of the State Board of Education, the parent of three public school students and a local businessman, I am encouraged that candidates are engaging on this critical issue.

  • Mulvaney actually keeps campaign promises

    I have now received two mailers in the S.C. Senate District 16 race accusing Mick Mulvaney of wanting to raise our gasoline taxes. They both “quote” (to use the term loosely) the same Lancaster News article from January 2007.

    I know Mr. Mulvaney, and know how conservative he is. I also know he was recently awarded a Taxpayer Champion Award and was recognized as the second most fiscally conservative person in the entire House of Representatives. He’s got a long record of voting against tax increases, including the gas tax.

  • Breaking News Football games moved to Thursday night

    Lancaster County School District officials have moved all varsity football games scheduled for Friday to Thursday. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

    The move was made with the forecast of heavy rain in the area for Friday night.

    "All the forecasters say that rain will be heavy Friday night," said Lancaster County School District superintendent Gene Moore. "We wanted to avoid asking players and spectators to be out in this kind of weather."

    Games rescheduled are:

    Lancaster at Rock Hill

    Central at Andrew Jackson

    Buford at Indian Land

  • Destiny transforms machine shop into house of worship

    In March 2003, the 15 members of Destiny Bible Church were worshiping in the Stephen and Stacie Braswell’s Kershaw home.

  • Chairman clears up accusations against county

    It has come to my attention that there is a mailer circulating in the S.C. Senate 16 race that states that taxpayers are on the hook or otherwise responsible for $30 million worth of bonds on the Edenmoor subdivision in Indian Land (formerly St. Katherine.)

    This is not true. Last week The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway News accurately reported that county taxpayers are not liable for any of the bonds sold related to Edenmoor. County Administrator Steve Willis accurately said, “The county’s not backing the bonds.”

  • A.R. Rucker testing single-gender option for first time

    You can see a sharp contrast between Shree Crawford and Cassie Thurman's sixth-grade science classes at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    In Crawford's class, the students sit quietly and work on assignments at their desk, while Thurman has her students moving around the room and talking aloud.

    It's the same school. The same grade. The same class and the same curriculum. So you may ask: Why are the classes so different?

    The answer lies in the gender.

  • Boy, 10, fractures leg after being hit by car on S.C. 9

    FORT LAWN – A 10-year-old boy from Fort Lawn darted out in front of a car on S.C. 9 on Monday night and was injured.

    The boy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was treated for a fractured leg, according to Fort Lawn Police Chief Richard Smith.

    The accident happened around 6:15 p.m., Smith said.

    "It was pitch black," he said.

    The boy had been out with friends, crossing S.C. 9 in front of his house. He was headed back home at the time of the accident and just "darted out" suddenly.