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Today's News

  • Sandhill cranes make rare pit stop in county

    A long-legged bird made a rare stop in Lancaster County last week.

    West Doc Garris Road resident Cricket Harper said he saw a group of six strange birds eating in his open fields on Jan. 2. Harper's son, Tim, saw the birds during a deer hunting expedition on Dec. 29.

    At first, Harper thought the birds were turkeys.

    "Then I thought, 'A turkey is not gray,'" Harper said. "We were just so excited to see those birds."

  • Obama lacking experience to be president

    I would not vote for Barack Obama for president of our United States. He does not have enough experience. He could not be effective in foreign affairs or the job of commander in chief of our military.

    Clyde E. Powers

    Heath Springs

  • New county courthouse priority

    A year ago, several members of Lancaster County Council said a new county courthouse was a top priority.

    The process takes time, but some steps were taken to move forward on the issue over the last year.

    The next step in the process is hiring an architect.

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter said the council committee working on hiring an architect is in the final stages of the selection process, but an announcement on the architect won't be made until a cost for the courthouse is determined. The goal to determine that figure is early spring.

  • Lady Bruins roll by FM for split

    The Lancaster High Lady Bruins stretched their basketball win streak to six games, rolling to a 46-26 win over Fort Mill in Region III-AAAA. LHS, up 14-7 after one quarter, broke open the issue in the second period when the Lady Bruins used a 14-3 charge to gain a 28-10 lead at the break.“We came out and did what we needed to do to get the win,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We played with intensity throughout the game.”Lancaster held a 39-21 lead after three periods and coasted to the 20-point win.

  • Elon University's Clyburn tapped to lead AJ football program

    KERSHAW - Andrew Jackson High School has tapped the college football ranks for the Volunteers' new head football coach.

    Louis Clyburn, 35, is the Vols' ninth football coach. He was selected from a field of more than 55 applicants.

    Clyburn, who comes to AJ from Elon University in Elon, N.C., replaces Ernie Hughes. Hughes resigned Nov. 29 at the Class AA school after leading the Vols for five seasons and going 20-35 with four postseason bids.

    "We feel great about coach Clyburn," said AJ athletic director Dale Reeves. "We can't wait to get him here and get him started.

  • Don

    I find it interesting that in the Dec. 30 edition of The Lancaster News is an article that informs the public about the taping of a show on Congress' accomplishments in 2007 by U.S. Rep. David Price of North Carolina and U.S. Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina and then another article by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson telling the reader not to trust Congress on solving the nation's energy woes.

  • Truesdale, Harris place in Bearcat tournament

    Lancaster High School wrestler Casey Truesdale and Indian Land High wrestler Thomas Harris each placed in the 26th annual Bearcat Classic at Rock Hill High School on Saturday.

    Truesdale, the LHS heavyweight, was the runner-up in his weight class, while Harris finished third in his weight class.

    "Casey has shown a lot of progress and this tournament reflects that," Lancaster High School coach Sam Robinson said. "He did well in the tournament. You can count on Casey and he responded with a big day.

    "I'm proud of him," Robinson said.

  • Kanawha CEO retires

    Stan Johnson has bid farewell to the company where he spent half of his career in the insurance industry.

    Johnson, 64, stepped down at the end of 2007 as chief executive officer and president of Kanawha Insurance after 22 years.

    "It has been an interesting career," he said from his nearly empty office in downtown Lancaster, where Kanawha has been headquartered since 1958.

    "My significant accomplishment is that the company continues, has grown and is still in downtown Lancaster," Johnson said. "We also have a good future with Humana."

  • Readers can access Gateway online

    The Carolina Gateway is online at www.thelancasternews.com in a temporary form until the Gateway's new Web site is completed this year.

    Carolina Gateway readers will be able to download an Adobe PDF file or view the site in Acrobat Reader.

    Users of The Lancaster News' Web site may now use an archive search on the site. An application is on the site as a beta test.

    Readers will be able to search the archives for any story published after Oct 17, 2007. A more extensive archive of stories and obituaries from The Lancaster News is planned for later.

  • Eagles soar by Vols in sweep

    KERSHAW - Central of Pageland used fourth-period charges to notch a sweep of Andrew Jackson in the Volunteers' Conference VIII-AA basketball opener on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Eagles scored the game's final five points to notch a 51-48 win. In the boys' game, Central finished strong to take a 56-42 victory over the Vols.

    CHS took a 38-28 lead into the final period and outscored the Vols 18-14 for the 56-42 win.

    "We didn't play well on offense and missed a lot of easy shots," AJ coach Dale Reeves said. "Central's defense had something to do with that.