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Today's News

  • Plans for new Kershaw town hall unveiled

    KERSHAW - Plans are now complete for the new Kershaw Town Hall, a project that has been on the town's wish list for some time.

    While interior decorating details haven't been determined yet, the bulk of the 6,400-square-foot building has been.

    "It's very basic, but very nice" said the building's architect Ed Bowers.

    Bowers is an architect with Millennium 3 Architects of Charlotte.

    The building will include space for administration, law enforcement and court officials.

  • Simpson to chair state board

    A Lancaster resident will be chairman of the S.C. Board of Education in 2008.

    Al Simpson has served on the board since 2006 and was elected as the 2008 chairman later that year.

    The state board chooses its chairman a year in advance.

    "I appreciate the confidence my colleagues on the board have put in me," said Simpson, the representative for the state's 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties. "I'm somewhat humbled by it."

  • Vols roll to take two from Knights

    KERSHAW - The Andrew Jackson basketball teams tipped off 2008 in top form Friday night at home.

    The Volunteers, facing Kershaw County Class A rival North Central, downed the Knights twice for the non-region sweep.

    The two wins served as the final tune-up before the Vols launch league play and they were impressive in both wins.

    The Lady Vols opened play with a 44-32 triumph and the boys followed with a 79-67 victory.

  • Two Iraq War veterans in the family

    HEATH SPRINGS - Patriotism runs deep in the Martin family of Heath Springs, and it shows in the military commitments of one man and his stepson.

    Howard Martin Jr., 37, is a sergeant in the Palmetto Thunder unit of the Army National Guard and his stepson, Tracy Denkins Jr., 20, is a specialist in the U.S. Army. Both have served in Iraq, and both men are proud to continue the family's military legacy.

  • A.R. Rucker teams prep for state contest

    Some local students have been using Lego building blocks to learn more about technology and their environment.

    A.R. Rucker Middle School has fielded two teams that are participating in this year's South Carolina FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge.

    FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

    Each team had to build and program a robot that can complete various tasks in pit areas that tie into energy use. This year's theme is Power Puzzle.

    A.R. Rucker Middle's two teams are called the Hot Robots and the Yellow Jackets.

  • City, county may buy property together

    City and county officials are working together to buy land that could possibly be home to several local functions.

    County Council will vote on a resolution Monday night to commit to buy land where Perry's Texaco and Mullis Brothers Real Estate are on Main Street.

    Eventually, the city and county would like to see a welcome center that would house the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and See Lancaster.

  • Don't make too many New Year's revelations

    Resolutions always come about from revelations. You know, it never fails.

    Whenever a new year dawns and we get to studying about ourselves, trying to figure whether lifestyle changes are needed, that's a revelation.

    All those plans and promises to do better are just resolutions. Revelations don't come into play until you resolve to do better.

    Take "Little Bill," for instance.

    Every year, when Christmas was over and school started back, I resolved to study more, mainly because teachers had six weeks worth of tests lined up.

  • Property changes require zoning approval

    In a letter published in both The Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News, D.J. Carter comments that zoning notice practices have changed and he feels that this is an attempt to hide the facts in bureaucratic red tape.

    Being a relatively new county employee, I inquired from staff regarding this allegation. Lancaster County has only had zoning in place for about 15 years so there haven’t been too many years of “past times” to review.

  • Lady Jackets fall short in late rally

    Buford’s girls opened the new year with their final non-league hoops tune-up and dropped a 51-43 home loss to Class A foe Lewisville on Thursday night.The difference was the second period when the Lady Lions used a 22-2 surge to take a 30-9 halftime edge. Lewisville held an 8-7 lead at the end of one period, but Lady Jackets’ ace Brittany McCarter, who scored a game-high 31 points, got in early foul trouble. McCarter sat out the second period and the Lewisville girls took advantage to post a 21-point lead at the break.

  • Tommy Dorsey swung America's 'Greatest Generation'

    When he reformed his own dance band in the late 1940s, Tommy Dorsey said that it was about time that somebody got "things" going again.

    "You ca't expect to have any real interest in dance bands if the bands don't go round the country and play for the kids," said Dorsey, who was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing."

    Now, almost 60 years later, the band that bears his name will bring the music that influenced "America's Greatest Generation" to Lancaster. Its goal has changed little as it reaches out to attract a new generation of listeners.