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Today's News

  • GOP hopefuls speak at meeting

    The Lancaster County Republican Party offered a chance for the public to meet GOP candidates for local and state office on Tuesday night and, perhaps, give supporters a confidence boost.

    "Our worst candidate will still be better than the Democrats' best candidate," said Winston Smith, chairman of the GOP in Lancaster County, during the meeting, held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    County Council candidates speak

  • Sexual assault impacts community

    Sexual assault is a social problem that affects every community in our nation. It affects children, women and men. It does not matter the age, religion, socioeconomic status. Rape is the most under -reported crime in America.

    Rape requires more than pointing out the problem. Rape requires a communitywide partnership and focusing on the victims.

  • Mrs. Hughes a true blessing in a full life

    When I visit Clemson for a football game, guess who comes to mind?

    Frank Howard? Danny Ford? Nope, not even close. It’s Kate Hughes and her family. I mention Mrs. Hughes because she died earlier this week after an illness. My friendship with the Hughes family provided my first link to Clemson and Tiger football. Her youngest son, David, and I have been friends since elementary school. He’s now a Clemson professor.

  • Lady Vols win region

    The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols, down two games in the standings a couple of weeks back, completed a championship comeback, taking a 7-0 win over Cheraw to post the Conference VIII-AA softball championship.

    The Lady Vols’ 10th straight league crown gives it a home game in the Class AA Lower State playoffs which open Thursday.

    AJ, 15-8, 6-2, rode the solid pitching of sophomore hurler Chelsea Vincent to the shutout win. Vincent allowed two hits and no walks. She aided her cause with two hits and a pair of RBIs.

  • Grumble or learn to live with it

    Years ago when I was a youngster, I heard older folks grumbling about all kinds of stuff. Seems like back then our politicians took time to listen and some wrongs were corrected or made a little easier for us.

  • Parents who want best for kids not ‘elitists’

    I am writing in response to David Cook’s column, “Vouchers take money away from public schools,” in the April 11 edition of The Lancaster News.

    How selfish must you be to block financial aid to parents who wish to send their kids to a conducive place to learn. Last time I checked, there were parents who had to transfer their kids from public to private schools because of disciplinary problems. And there are parents who want a clean Christian education, sheltered from the ungodliness in our local schools.

  • Lady Vols rally, top BHS

    The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 6-2 comeback softball win over Buford on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Vols’ four-run win kept them in contention for the Conference VIII-AA title.

    AJ faces Cheraw on Thursday at the CHS field where the title will be decided.

    Chelsea Vincent hurled a four-hitter and fanned seven for the AJ girls, who improved to 14-8, 5-2.

    Jena Hallman took the loss, allowing nine hits and five walks. She fanned six for Buford.

  • Couple wants teeth added to leash laws

    When Lois Zarrelli calls her little lambs, they come running as a herd with a pitter patter of tiny hooves down the hallway on the tile floor.

    Hallway? Tile floor?

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Lois and Neal Zarrelli have taken to keeping their lambs indoors.

    The Zarrellis have spent the last two Sundays not in church, but dealing with dead sheep. The Buford residents say a neighborhood dog has decimated their sheep herd, which has gone from 23 to six in the past three months.

  • Steppers competition coming to Heath Springs on Saturday

    Wanda McKinney says her step team is ready to take on all challengers at a local competition this weekend in Heath Springs.

    McKinney, who coaches the Buford Middle School step team, has her squad practicing every day after school in hopes of producing a top showing during the first ever Carolinas Steppers step-off competition, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Heath Springs Elementary School.

    The Buford Middle step team, known as Next Faze, is one of six teams that have registered thus far for the competition, which will benefit the Military Spousal Support Center.

  • Forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway are teaming up to give voters a chance to question political candidates before the June 10 primaries.

    The candidate forum begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Indian Land Middle School gym. Organizers said the forum will be held to 90 minutes. Each candidate will have three to five minutes to introduce themselves before the question and answer session starts, said Indian Land Action Council Secretary Karen Smith.