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Today's News

  • Vols drawing 'quality' field

    KERSHAW - The ninth head coach in the history of Andrew Jackson High School football will come from a field of 50 applicants.

    "Right now, we have about 50 applicants for the job," said Volunteers' athletic director Dale Reeves, who also doubles as the Lancaster County Class AA school's boys basketball coach.

    "We will continue to accept applications through the first of the year and we may get in a few more, but right now it's in the area of 50."

    Reeves said he's impressed with the quantity and quality of the applications.

  • A child made me ponder

    Earlier this month while attending the 60th annual North-South All-Star football game at Coastal Carolina University, a casual conversation blossomed into a special moment.

    Jackson, my 11-year-old son, and I bumped into a newspaper friend from another town at the game that Saturday.

    He kidded Jackson, now standing 5-6, he ought to be playing for the Lancaster High basketball team. We laughed and I told him Jackson was playing for the IBC this season, Immanuel Baptist Church.

  • The colonel's fruit lasted longer than the tricycle

    Most folks picture Christmas in many ways.

    Families gather around a roaring fire with a glittering Christmas tree shining in the background and brightly colored packages scattered around it.

    I remember a lot of Christmas celebrations just like that.

    But there was a very special one that was as pretty to me as a Norman Rockwell painting, thanks to the generosity of a man on a Christmas Eve long ago.

    During those lean years of the Depression, Christmas was sad for folks who couldn't afford to give the smallest of presents to their children.

  • House move causes headaches

    A house became a headache for many drivers on U.S. 521 early Thursday morning.

    David and Ashley Chiluck bought the Montgomery home on Charlotte Highway a couple of months ago and planned to move the home to Niven Road.

    The first part of the couple's plan went OK. But moving a house is a much more difficult task than David Chiluck imagined.

  • Blackwell Holiday Hoops scores big

    The sixth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Holiday Hoops Classic, featuring 35 teams, capped play Saturday night, as champions were crowned in seven different divisions.

    The week-long tournament involves teams who participate in the Moriah Baptist Association league, from first graders to high school seniors.

    The tournament also includes a college division.

    Games were played during the week at several church gyms with all championship games being played Saturday at Lancaster High School.

  • City, county to study joint trash disposal

    Lancaster City Council will study whether transferring garbage to a landfill for Lancaster County will be beneficial to both the city and county.

    City Council unanimously voted Dec. 11 to pay half the cost of an engineering study to see if it's workable for the city to collect county trash at its Lynwood Drive transfer station and then haul to a Lee County landfill. The county will pay half of the cost of the $15,000 study.

  • McCarter guns Lady Jackets to first win

    The Buford High School Lady Jackets gave BHS coach Michelle Vestal a reason to smile after the BHS girls notched their first win Thursday in the Sonic Classic at Cheraw High School.

    The Lady Jackets ignited in the final period behind Buford High ace Brittany McCarter, who tallied 29 points.

    McCarter netted 21 second-half points to power the Lady Jackets to a 35-26 win over Lamar in the opening day of the holiday tournament.

    McCarter hit 16 of her 21 points in the final eight minutes, with six coming at the foul line.

  • Officers on look out for drunk drivers

    Local law enforcement agencies will be on the hunt for drunk drivers through the New Year's holiday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol kicked off its Sober or Slammer campaign last weekend, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson. The goal of the campaign is to get drunk drivers off the roads.

    Johnson said more than 50 percent of traffic deaths on South Carolina highways are alcohol-related. The state has one of the top rates for alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation.

  • Last of Springs manufacturing workers seek benefits

    It was the Wednesday before Christmas and the last of Springs Global manufacturing workers in South Carolina were signing up for unemployment benefits.

    The 11 employees seemed upbeat and ready to start a new chapter in their lives at the S.C. Employment Commission transition center, located at the nearly vacated Springs Grace Complex, which once employed 2,500.

  • Firemen hope holiday fireworks won't fuel brush fires

    For some, festive holidays and family fun go hand in hand with fireworks. But when the 2007 drought is figured in, local firefighters hope that enjoying fireworks this year won't have brush fires burning out of hand.

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, many reporting stations in the parched Carolinas are experiencing their driest year on record, which dates back to the 1880s. Right now, the Piedmont has experienced an almost 17-inch precipitation deficit for the year.