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Today's News

  • Granata maps it out for county

    Kevin Granata, geographic information systems director for Lancaster County, has a large flat-screen TV on his desk.

    It's not for entertainment, but to keep track of the maps Granata works on as part of his job. These maps are important for tax purposes, land sales and voter registration.

    In fact, it was county election official Cassie Stump who nominated Granata, 31, for county Employee of the Quarter.

    "He's very helpful, very accommodating, friendly and always in a good mood," Stump said. "He's also very knowledgeable about computers and helps me out a lot."

  • Homeless man continues his cross-country journey

    Roy Gleiter said if he can complete his journey, then so can resolute Americans make the economic and political systems speak for them.

    As cars passed by Gleiter's camp site just outside Buford on S.C. 9 last week, they honked. Gleiter is a homeless man who's traveling by foot with his mother, Debra Cowden, and their dog, Pofer. Their destination is the state of Washington.

    Gleiter, 49, not only has a long trip ahead, but a heavy load to carry. He's pulling a nearly 5,000-pound wagon, full of possessions. His mother and their dog are following him.

  • Jackets notch state tourney bid

    The Buford High School golf team finished fourth in the Class AA Lower State tournament at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell on Monday to earn a bid to the Class AA state tournament.The Jackets shot a 335 team total to finish behind Waccamaw, Bishop England and Central of Pageland.Waccamaw shot a 307, while Bishop England had a 313. Central, the Conference VIII-AA champion, finished with a 326. BHS, the VIII-AA runner-up, followed the Eagles.Buford was led by Trevor Banks’ 77 (36-41) and Taylor Banks’ 79 (39-40).

  • Riverchase will destroy habitat for local wildlife

    The Catawba River has just been placed at the very top of the most endangered rivers list. The Catawba is a lifeline for this state as it is for other states. From wildlife to businesses this river is most essential. We are talking about our environment, we only get one Earth.

  • Hold IL graduation in school's new gym

    This year’s Indian Land High School graduation ceremony has become one big headache for everyone involved – the Class of 2008, their parents and school administrators.

    The school planned to hold the event at Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, as it has done for the last several years. But this year, Byrnes is undergoing renovations, so it isn’t available. But there was some miscommunication and the high school didn’t realize it didn’t have a graduation venue until March.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cupcakes make a comeback

    By now, some of you are still running around trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Finding something that’s fresh, foolproof and made with love may be closer than you think.

    It’s not in the shopping mall; it’s cupcakes made fresh from the kitchen cabinet.

    We’re talking flour, sugar, baking soda and butter, blended with the love that every mother appreciates.

  • AJ, IL battling to survive

    Indian Land and Andrew Jackson are battling through the losers’ brackets in their respective softball playoff runs.

  • Spurrier: Gamecocks going to keep fighting

    FORT LAWN – The University of South Carolina football team’s slide to cap the 2007 season hasn’t diminished coach Steve Spurrier’s hopes for the Gamecock football program.