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Today's News

  • Initial opinion of Mulvaney wrong

    I was disappointed when Mick Mulvaney won S.C. House District 45 in 2006. Today, I feel that it is necessary that I salute Mulvaney because he has proven my initial judgment wrong.

    All too often, we voters are left in the dark while lawmakers make decisions that affect us. We may get a newspaper article or a news segment to keep us informed. Yet, voters are usually left to wonder "what are those lawmakers thinking?"

    Mick, thank you for providing your constituents with an explanation of your voting record.

    Heather Mullins-Teasley

    Lancaster

  • Jackets' Morris signs with Newberry

    BUFORD – Buford High School’s JoJo Morris has kicked his way to college.Morris, whose strong leg has had a major impact on Jackets’ football and soccer, will continue to do the same at Newberry College.Morris has signed a scholarship with the Indians to battle for the kicking chores at the South Atlantic Conference school.A three-sport standout at BHS, Morris has had plenty of opportunity to showcase his kicking prowess.

  • Strip mall gets a face lift

    A local real estate company is investing $200,000 to $250,000 in the renovations of a strip mall on South Wylie Street in Lancaster.

    Izco bought the building, which formerly held Perry's Pharmacy, from a private owner last fall. In December, renovations started on the interior and exterior of the building, said Izco managing partner Phillip Scott.

    When the renovations are complete, the results will be a contemporary commercial building, Scott said.

    "We will make it look real nice," he said.

  • VA office wants volunteer drivers

    If you can drive a van and enjoy spending time around veterans, you may be of service to the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs office.

    The office needs van drivers to take veterans to medical appointments at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia and the Rock Hill VA Clinic. The van goes to the Columbia center Monday through Thursday, and to the Rock Hill clinic on Fridays. Drivers work on a volunteer basis.

    "It's strictly volunteer," said Veterans Affairs Officer Linda Blackmon. "There's no money involved."

  • Fort Lawn council honors soldier killed in wreck

    FORT LAWN - Fort Lawn Town Council unanimously agreed Feb. 4 to honor one of its own, the late Army Spc. Charles Messer, for his service to his hometown and nation.

    Council adopted a resolution presented by Police Chief Richard Smith that will honor Messer and express sorrow and sympathy to his family and friends.

    Messer, 20, was serving in Iraq when he injured his arm when an improvised explosive device hit the Humvee in which he was riding. He was in rehabilitation in Texas for the injury.

  • Lady Bruins fall short in bid

    Lancaster battled Spartanburg to the wire, but the host Lady Vikings held on for a 46-42 win over the Lady Bruins in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State girls basketball playoffs on Tuesday night.

    Lancaster, the No. 4 seed out of Region III-AAAA, challenged the Lady Vikings, champions of Region II-AAAA, to the final horn.

    "Our girls showed a lot of heart and I'm proud of them," Lancaster High School coach Ronnie Robinson said.

  • Focus is on healthy hearts

    In case you didn't know, tomorrow is Valentine's Day. The day set aside to recognize those who hold a special place in your heart.

    It is also a good time to check the health status of your own heart. After all, February is American Heart Month. And appropriately so. What better time to focus on the most vital human organ than during the month of love?

    The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

  • National Symphony's brass ensemble engages students

    Angela Hilton had a guest spot in the National Symphony Orchestra's brass ensemble on Tuesday.

    Hilton, an eighth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, is normally a flute player. But she got a chance to try the tuba, playing the pivotal moment in "Pop Goes the Weasel" with the rest of the ensemble.

  • Death penalty trial set to begin in July

    PAGELAND - Gary Miles is expected to go on trial for his life in July. He's accused in the drowning death of a hitchhiker whose body was found in Lancaster County in 2006.

    Judge Steven John has reserved the weeks of July 7 or July 14 as potential dates for a Chesterfield County jury to hear the case.

    Miles is charged with murder of Mike Dennis Clanton, 43. He was reportedly beaten after being offered a ride and drowned in a pond off S.C. 207. His body was dumped near Heath Springs.

  • Vols seek to stop high-scoring Wildcats

    KERSHAW - Andrew Jackson launches its Class AA Lower State postseason hoops hopes, seeking to stop one of the state's top guns.

    AJ meets Conference VII-AA runner-up Dillon, which sports guard Lashay Page, who is averaging 27 points per game.

    "Page is one of the top offensive players in the state," said AJ coach Dale Reeves. "He's a streaky shooter.

    "The key for us is to limit Page's touches," Reeves said. "We will try to double him. We saw a tape on him in a game with Cheraw and he scored 22 points in the first quarter."