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Today's News

  • Belk, Priester reap boys' laurels

    First-year Andrew Jackson High School basketball coach Dale Reeves didn't have a great deal of returning experience this season, but his top returnee did all he could to boost the Volunteers.

    AJ Vols' center Jonathan Belk, the team's lone returning starter, produced a solid senior campaign in helping the Vols to a tie for second-place in the regular-season Region VIII-AA race and a Class AA Lower State playoff berth.

    Belk, for his steady play this season, was named The Lancaster News' Player of the Year for boys basketball.

  • Three face charges of printing money

    A Lancaster man was arrested Friday after police said he used fake $20 bills at several area restaurants.

    The Lancaster Police Department charged David Rickie Knight Jr., 33, of 2438 Camp Creek Road, with manufacturing and distributing counterfeit money.

    Police responded to several calls about a man driving a burgundy Chevrolet pickup who tried to buy food at the drive-through windows of local restaurants with counterfeit $20 bills.

    An officer later saw Knight, the driver of the truck, give a clerk at Chick-Fil-A a $20 bill for food.

  • Williams goes out a winner

    Ask retiring Lancaster High baseball coach Steve Williams about his record and you will likely get an "I don't know" shrug of his shoulders.

    He's likely to have a better idea these days since it's been printed a couple of times this spring, his final with the LHS program where he's been a player, assistant and head coach.

    Still, wins and losses don't, as Williams often says, "float his boat."

    Don't get him wrong, he likes to win. He just doesn't keep track.

  • Community effort needed for USCL strategic plan

    I read with interest your article of last week concerning Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and his great plans for enhancing that institution's collegiate atmosphere, something we've needed for half a century now.

    And if anyone can do it, John can. He and I were office mates (of sorts) for some 20 years before my retirement. Believe me, over a period of 20 years, you get to know someone very well. Believe me, John was always far too lively to be the "teacher's pet." The trips he made to the office were not to receive awards.

  • Patient need should be focus of new cancer center

    In a perfect world there would be no need for a cancer radiation treatment center. But this is not a perfect world. And there are many Lancaster County residents who need radiation treatment. To get that treatment, they have to travel to Rock Hill, Charlotte or Columbia.

    If you or someone you love has gone through radiation treatment, you know it drains your energy. Driving out of town to get this treatment adds to an already stressful situation. Some people have chosen not to take the treatment because of the drive.

  • Capt. Lowe was ahead of his time

    I recently ran into this fella wearing a baseball cap with “USAF” boldly emblazoned on it.

    Being a veteran of that proud branch of the U.S. military, I gave him an immediate “howdy.”

    He recognized me and although I didn’t know him, the airman posed a somewhat interesting question.

    “Did you really know Capt. Lowe?” he asked.

    Gosh, I thought, my old Air Force mentor is still fondly remembered.

  • Together we can bring new jobs, opportunities

    I'll never forget the long, hot summers I spent working in Grace Bleachery to help pay my way through college.

    I'll never forget the smell of the dye that was pumped into the big blue barrels, the 120-degree temperatures between the new Zimmer machine and the cinder block wall, the sounds of clacking and whirring as the cloth was printed and processed, and the bright yellow earplugs we wore around our necks that showed that we were all a part of the same team.

  • Council needs to trust, share information

    In the past we praised Fort Lawn Town Council for doing an excellent job presenting public information to to the public.

    If you attend a meeting, waiting for you is an agenda, a financial report and minutes of the meeting immediately prior to the one you are attending.

    It's something all governmental bodies should take as an example.

    Freedom of Information is as much a habit and a state of mind as anything else. Doing it right can be learned, but it can take time.

    Last week, we saw a great example of this, again at a Fort Lawn Town Council meeting.

  • Senate race about best candidate

    I am a Republican living in Indian Land and former County Council member representing District 1. I support Many Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate.

  • Cathy Hendrick to speak at Douglas

    There aren’t many people around whose lives haven’t been touched in one way or another by cancer. It is no respecter of person, race, creed or income.Take Cathy Hendrick for instance. She could be the “Job” of our generation. Her life was changed forever on Oct.