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Today's News

  • Obama shunned troops during overseas visit

    Sen. Barack Obama had been planning to go to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany before a flight to Paris on July 25.

    He was told that his campaign staff would not be allowed photo ops and this visit was not to be considered as a campaign stop.

    Since he is a U.S. senator, Obama and other political dignitaries are always welcomed and encouraged to visit wounded soldiers out of respect and appreciation of their service.

  • High school football drills begin today

    Staff Reports

    Preparation and perspiration for the 2008 Lancaster County high school football season begins today at three of four county schools.

    Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster are scheduled to open pre-season drills today in camps around the county.

    Andrew Jackson High School, under new football coach Louis Clyburn, kicks off its preseason drills Monday.

    Teams will work on conditioning before moving into full-contact drills later in the week. The first pre-season scrimmages are scheduled for Aug. 8.

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  • Ponytails stars begin series play

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster Ponytails all-stars launch their World Series hopes Saturday when they play in the opening round of the 12-team girls softball tournament in Pineville, La.

    The Lancaster Ponytails all-stars, who captured the state championship and a bid to the World Series, meet the Tennessee champion Dyersburg/Dyer County in the opening game.

    The Lancaster Ponytails, who left Thursday for the double-elimination tournament, will participate in the opening ceremonies today.

  • Organizers prep for IL library festival

    INDIAN LAND – It's not too early to start thinking about fall, particularly about the Fall Into Fun Festival for the new Indian Land library.

    It's just a few months away and organizers are already gearing up for the Oct. 4 festival.

    "This year's goal is $25,000, which will enable the new library's browsing area to be named for the festival," said Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway. Last year's festival brought in about $18,000. The first festival, in 2006, made about $12,000.

  • Air filter firm invests $1.5M in move to Kershaw building

    KERSHAW – ECN Industries Inc. cut the ribbon to its new 16,000-square-foot facility on Little Dude Avenue in Kershaw on July 23.

    It's the latest in a string of vacant buildings that have been rehabbed and occupied by industrial businesses along the road.

    ECN produces specialized fiber used by manufacturers of heating and air conditioning filters.

    "We basically sell to anybody who sell filters in Home Depot or Lowe's," said Rick Chapman, president and co-owner.

  • Evans family grateful for help after accident

    About 7:45 p.m. on July 13, my husband, our two children and I were on our way home from Chesterfield County after attending a funeral and visiting relatives.

    We were on Pageland Highway and it was raining. My husband was driving his truck and we began to slide like we were on ice.

    He lost total control and we hydroplaned and landed in a small embankment on the side of the road.

    It was the scariest thing I've ever encountered. I immediately began to call on God to protect us and keep us safe.

  • Sciulli's mission: To educate public about ALS

    Hanging on the wall is his black belt certification. Along with his master of science degree in chemistry. Along with his membership in the Catholic choir at service school in Pennsacola. Along with his numerous photography and writing awards, recognition from the National Park Service and certification as a beekeeper from the S.C. Beekepers Association.

    There are more, but these exemplify his depth, versatility and passion for life.

    While they are impressive achievements for anyone – they are even more so for someone confined to a wheelchair.

  • Report: 3 men attempt to rob another man at local car wash

    A Lancaster man was punched in the head Saturday night after he refused to give his attackers his wallet.

    The man and a companion were washing their vehicles at a car wash on Memorial Park Road when three men approached them and demanded money, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report said.

    When the man refused to give up his money, one of the men punched him on the top of his head. The victim and his companion ran into the parking lot of Bugsy's Bar and Grill, the report said. He told deputies he didn't give the attackers any money.

  • Golfers double their luck

    When word spread around Sun City Carolina Lakes’ golf course that a second golfer had made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole June 7, the hole that brought the prize of a new car in a recent member/guest tournament, both hole-in-one winners considered their luck.

    “I felt like, ‘That’s just my luck, my first hole-in-one, on the hole with the car, and I didn’t even win it,’” said the second hole-in-one winner, Bob Newmarker of Hilton Head. “As it was, it all turned out great.”

  • Tax-free weekend almost here

    Ready, set, shop!

    The state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend begins at midnight Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    During the long weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

    Students and parents of students often take advantage of the weekend to buy clothing and school supplies for the coming year.

    South Carolina shoppers typically save about $2.8 million in sales tax during the event, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.