Today's News

  • Home for the holidays

    If you're looking for a few holiday decorating ideas, the Lancaster Garden Club's 21st annual Christmas Tour of Homes may be just the place to find them.

    Family, friends gather at Bailey home

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS - Features Editor

    For Bobby and Thelathia "Thea" Bailey, Christmas means family and their Somerset Drive home has become the holiday gathering place for the Barneses, Baileys and their extended family, too.

  • Warriors earn first gym win

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land rallied late and held on to produce some Warriors’ basketball history Wednesday night.

    Indian Land used an 18-12 fourth-quarter surge to take a 50-45 comeback win over Nation Ford High School of Fort Mill for the Warriors’ first win in their new gym.

    Indian Land had lost to Class AAAA foe York on Tuesday in the IL gym opener, but Wednesday was a different story.

    The Falcons held a 33-32 lead going into the final period, but the Warriors, behind Karl Watson, charged for the victory.

  • BHS hoops have familiar, new look

    The 2007-08 Buford High School basketball teams feature a blend of the old and new.The familiar face in the Jackets’ hoops program is veteran girls coach Michelle Vestal, while the BHS boys have a new look in coach Jeff Moyer.Vestal, in her eighth season at Buford, is hoping the Lady Jackets can improve on a 1-21 mark.Buford returns its top scorer in sophomore performer Brittany McCarter, an all-region and all-county pick who averaged 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last season.McCarter will be joined by senior guards Amanda Truesda

  • Oh baby, Ern wins Picks title

    Back 15 weeks ago when the 2007 Pigskin Picks kicked off the season, big news came out about veteran panelist Ernie "Big E" Rowell.

    Well, it didn’t have a thing to do with picking football games. It was more about "all in the family."

    Ern and his wife, Debbie, a Lancaster High School teacher and an avid football fan, had just learned their team was growing by one.

    Their son Brady was gaining a sibling.

    That's right a baby is on the way. The word is it's a girl.

  • AJ Vols have new look with Reeves

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson boys’ basketball coach Dale Reeves will not be the only newcomer to the Volunteers’ hardwood this season as only one starter returns for the 2007-08 hoops season.Senior post player Jonathan Belk returns as the lone starter for the inexperienced Vols.“We are really lacking experience in virtually every position except the post,” said Reeves.

  • English professor's poetry focuses on everyday things

    There's no complex formula to her poetry. It's all about observing the world and taking note of the small things around you.

    Dr. Lisa Hammond, an English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, recently had a book of her poetry, "Moving Houses," published.

    She has written poetry most of her life, but this is the first time she's had a collection of her work published.

  • Our doorbell is getting a workout

    An early Christmas gift arrived at our house last week, just a couple of days before Thanksgiving Day.

    I have been blessed with a great-grandson who weighed in at 6 pounds, plus some small change.

    It's been almost 30 years since a newborn has been under our roof.

    I must admit that this blessed event has been an eye-opening experience for me.

    I never realized all the stuff it takes to support a tiny little person.

  • 12-year-old boy impresses Heath Springs officials

    HEATH SPRINGS – It's not all the time you find a 12-year-old boy who would rather work instead of play video games and ride bikes, but Anthony Ledford is different.

    He's a boy who does a lot of volunteer work in Heath Springs.

    Ledford, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, was recognized by Heath Springs Town Council on Nov. 19 for his work, mainly at the town fire department. He received a plaque for his volunteer work.

  • Carol Parker was an inspiration to many

    I would like to send my condolences to the Carol W. Parker family. I was out of town when Mrs. Parker went to be with the Lord and did not know it until I returned.

    She was my chorus teacher 38 years ago at South Junior High School. She was a great inspiration to everyone who knew her. I was blessed to have her touch my life.

    Not only did Mrs. Parker teach us to sing our best and blend our voices together, she also taught all of her students to respect each other, strive to be the best they could be.

  • Costs too great for animal shelter

    Bob Hunter, Krista Moore and B.J. Mishoe must be rich or foolish to start a separate shelter for unwanted animals. Have they considered the cost of a building, feed, medication, spay and neuter fees and employees to take care of 5,146 or more animals a year if the animals are not spayed or neutered?

    To spay or neuter an animal costs between $60 and $100.

    Do they plan to keep the animals in pens their entire life if not adopted?