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Today's News

  • Vols, Jackets register solid region victories

    Andrew Jackson and Buford capped regular-season Conference VIII-AA basketball play with impressive wins on Wednesday night.The Jackets, on BHS Senior Night, wrapped up their season with a second win over playoff-bound Lee Central, the two-time defending Class AA state champion.AJ, on a road trip to Cheraw, registered a 58-48 win over the Braves.BHS’s 53-45 win coupled AJ’s victory put the Vols in a three-way tie for second place with Lee Central and Cheraw.LC, for the Class AA Lower State playoffs, took the second seed since the S

  • Former Gov. Hodges 'man of the people, giant among men'

    Former Gov. Jim Hodges is one of South Carolina's greatest citizens. He is the type of leader who puts right ideas and right actions ahead of his own political well being.

    During his term as governor of South Carolina he wisely removed the Confederate flag from the state capital dome, signed the bill that recognized Martin Luther King's birthday as an official holiday and ended the legalization of the video poker industry which had plagued the weak and poor of his state even though he knew this would create political and economic ammunition for his powerful rivals.

  • Conversations, tidbits and FYI

    They may not make headline stories all the time, but they make interesting conversations - those calls from our readers. The calls run the gamut - from sharing stories, sounding off, been done wrong, asking for favors and occasionally, praise.

    We value these conversations and encourage readers to keep in touch.

    The conversations reveal a glimpse of the newspaper life. We'd like to share a few with you.

    Sometimes, you just can't win

  • Fletcher's Wingate-bound to play football

    Lancaster High School football standout Robert Fletcher, with the stroke of a pen to sign his name, made Bruins’ football history Wednesday afternoon.Fletcher, a four-year member of the Bruins’ football team, signed scholarship papers in the LHS conference room to continue his football career at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.Fletcher’s signing marks the first LHS football signing under second-year Bruins’ coach Bennie McMurray.“It’s an honor,” Fletcher said. “This is a great opportunity.

  • Lady Warriors rally for 59-50 win

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s playoff-bound Lady Warriors solidified their Class A Upper State postseason basketball bid with a 59-50 basketball win over North Central in their Conference III-A regular-season finale.The Lady Warriors’ win gave IL a split after the North Central boys took a 57-43 win over the Warriors in the nightcap.In the opener, the IL girls finished fast for the nine-point win over the Lady Knights.The contest was deadlocked at 20-all after one period and the IL girls held a 31-29 edge at the half.The Lady

  • From here on, I'll camp on the porch

    Last February, I turned 12 years old and as a result, I joined the Boy Scouts.

    I was growing up and I was lucky in more ways than one. Talk about a dream come true –Momma just about cleaned out the "Official Boy Scout Headquarters" equipment section inside Robinson-Cloud's clothing store on Main Street to get me the latest in Scout accoutrements.

    I was really amazed by all that stuff.

    I had been hankering for Boy Scout gear ever since I was a Cub Scout in Mrs. Ellie Pipkin's Cub Scout Pack, where she was our den mother.

  • Mulvaney highlights immigration bill

    In what can accurately be described as the first big piece of legislation of the 2008 session, the S.C. House passed its version of immigration reform last week.

    The bill was a monster in scope, with at least 16 different sections. I will do my best to hit the highlights, recognizing that a thorough analysis would take many pages:

    Government contracts

  • Sutton deserving of elite bid

    Scotland is a world away from the eastern Lancaster County community of Buford, but that's about how far Anthony "T" Sutton has come in his budding youth golf career over a short period of time.

    A first-grade student at Buford Elementary School, Sutton, 7, took up the game as a toddler after receiving some toy clubs. From there, he's fashioned a stellar career as a young golfer.

    How good?

  • Officials warn about fake GED services

    COLUMBIA – The national organization responsible for administering the General Educational Development tests is advising people that the GED credential cannot be earned on the Internet or through correspondence programs.

    State GED administrators nationwide have reported increasing numbers of complaints from individuals who paid steep fees to take what they thought were official GED tests, and upon passing, thought they had earned the highly recognized GED credential issued by their respective state GED testing agency.

  • Proposed ordinance on naming buildings gets cold reception

    Lancaster County resident John Baker cautioned County Council on Monday night against naming public facilities after living people.

    Baker presented an ordinance he wrote that would prohibit naming a government building, for example, after a person who is still alive. He pointed to former Lt. Gov. Earle Morris Jr., who has public facilities named after him in Columbia. The former Carolina Investors chairman was later found guilty and is now serving time for securities fraud in the downfall of Carolina Investors.