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Today's News

  • Mr. Albert a filler, not an emptier

    Features editor Greg Summers recently called the house and asked if I had a column in mind for Father’s Day. I guess Spam can only stretch so far.Last year, I wrote a tribute to my Dad who shared 39 years with me before his death. I told Greg even if I wished for it, I couldn’t add much more to what had written.Leave it to me to speak a little too soon; What in the world was I thinking?Come to think of it, I was blessed with two dads, one was biological.

  • Join in the effort to fight domestic violence

    These numbers – 8 percent; 1 in 5; 40 percent – by themselves may seem insignificant to you when read alone. How would you feel if these numbers reflected crime in your neighborhood? Unfortunately these statistics relate to the crimes that occur in our schools?

  • The world keeps going

    Where were they going? I watched as the cars and trucks hurried north and south on U.S. 521. Drivers would stop and turn into the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. Some parked, walked in and ordered their food. Others made their way through the drive-through line.

    The sounds of patrons’ conversations resembled the humming around a bee hive. I babysat a cup of coffee while talking to my brother sitting across the table from me. I was wearing workout clothes, had no makeup on and my hair was wet.

  • Mother: Mickey was my best friend

    There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss my son, James “Mickey” Funderburk, who died in a motorcycle accident on June 1.

    He was my best friend.

    He came to see me everyday and I would cook for him.

    He was a happy person and liked to make people laugh.

    He has always loved motorcycles. And he died doing what he loved most.

    Mickey had a lot of friends and we appreciate all their visits and kindness.

    We treasure all the little anecdotes they shared with us.

  • Dad's deserving of his day

    Today – the third Sunday in June – we honor our dads in the annual observance of Father’s Day.

    The overriding question for the week around most households is what to get Daddy for his special day.

    Guest what? He just wants to have his family around to celebrate the day.

    Oh, he will gladly take that new shirt, a pair of shorts – summer is coming, some cologne and yes, that tie.

    It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without the giving of a tie.

    That tie is symbolic because dads offer that special bond in our lives.

  • After 2 years, ILHS case still on solicitor's desk

    The local prosecutor said he's had no time to review a case that involved several thousand dollars in allegedly unwarranted wages paid to an Indian Land High School administrative assistant between 2000 and 2004.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he hasn't had time to review the State Law Enforcement Division case involving the former employee, who was fired from Lancaster County School District in 2006 due to absenteeism. He is expected to determine whether or not to press charges in the case, once he's reviewed it.

  • Good family entertainment has a price tag

    I praised the Palmetto Thunder Air Show in my “Remember when” column because it was excellent, well staffed and  fans were on their best behavior.

    My son invited me to attend and  assist at the recycling booth. We both paid the $15 admission fee as we entered the gates. I can understand free tickets for law enforcement and emergency operating teams. I seriously doubt if their free admission was responsible for the shortfall.

  • LC Sharks open with home victory

    The Lancaster County swim team Sharks opened their season in impressive fashion, taking a 360-33 win over Kershaw on Tuesday at home.Gracie Scott, Jory Pettit, Cody Brown and Emily Durant each had three wins to lead the Sharks in the meet which was shortened due to lightning and thunder.Coulter Jackson, Anna Scott, Jonah Faile, Elizabeth Catoe, Noah Phillips, Catherine Abbott, Pagan Glenn, Sarah DeVenny, Ashley Abbott and Logan Phillips each had two firsts.Luke Faulkenberry led Kershaw with three first and Luke Sowell had two wins.The LST hos

  • Recording of 911 call Father of boy who shot self faces charges

    The father of a boy who shot himself Tuesday morning now faces multiple drug charges.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say Jaron Tinsley's 5-year-old son shot himself in the shoulder while playing with his father's rifle inside their home on Winston Drive on Tuesday.

    After the shooting, Tinsley, 25, took his son to a neighbor's house, where a woman called 911.

    Here's an excerpt from that call:

    Caller: "The little boy next door got shot in the arm."

    Dispatch: "What did he get shot with?"

    Caller: "A gun."

    Dispatch: "What kind of gun, ma'am?"

  • AA all-stars to launch Lancaster Dixie Baseball postseason tournament play

    The 2008 Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star tournaments open with the annual AA city championship playoffs for the ages 7-8 league.The playoffs open Saturday with games at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Wylie Park’s field five. Play continues Monday with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.If needed, games will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.