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Today's News

  • Undercover operations result in 9 arrests

    In three separate undercover operations over the last three weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office drug officers have arrested nine people on 19 charges and have seized almost $60,000 worth of drugs, two pistols and a vehicle.

    In the latest case, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office investigator went undercover posing as a package delivery man and made a controlled delivery of 25 pounds of marijuana to a waiting man Wednesday, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Red Devils face Hawks for crown

    Great Falls battles Blackville-Hilda High School for the Class A Division II state championship on Saturday at S.C. State’s Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. The Red Devils, 11-2, won the Upper State title with a 42-14 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta. Blackville-Hilda rolled to a 27-7 road win over Lake View to take the Lower State crown. Blackville-Hilda, seeded fourth in the Class A Division II Lower State bracket, opened the playoffs with a 34-8 win over Military Magnet and then beat the Lowcountry’s top seed Cross, 27-0.

  • There's no place like home

    It had been simmering for a few days; I hit a stretch where it seems like I couldn't do anything right. It was one mess right after another.

    I was all of 6 years old, with a whole year of grammar school to look back on.

    Shucks, I was doing my best, but my best just didn't seem to be pleasing anybody.

    I came to the conclusion that nobody loved me anymore.

    That had to be it; I was getting jumped on at the supper table on a right regular basis.

    They wouldn't even let me have a piece of white meat chicken and I was tired of drumsticks.

  • Heath Springs accepts $200,000 grant

    HEATH SPRINGS – The money keeps coming in the form of grants for the town of Heath Springs.

    Mayor Ann Taylor accepted a heavy cardboard cutout depicting a $200,000 check from S.C. Department of Transportation Commission Chairman Bobby Jones on Thursday afternoon.

    The grant will be used to extend sidewalks from Heath Springs Elementary School to the planned Heath Springs Industrial Park on the eastern side of U.S. 521, just north of town limits.

  • HOPE says thanks to its volunteers at banquet

    A night that included a banquet and several door prizes was one way that HOPE officials showed their gratitude for their tireless volunteers.

    HOPE, or Helping Other People Effectively, in Lancaster Inc. is a nonprofit agency that helps people who need food, shelter, clothing, utility money or other types of financial assistance.

    The organization has more than 60 volunteers. They were recognized during a dinner Nov. 8 at the First Baptist Church family life center.

  • Lancaster Leathernecks hope to spread joy with Toys for Tots drive

    Organizers hope this year's Toys for Tots campaign will yield more gifts than ever for Lancaster County children.

    The Lancaster County Leathernecks, the county's detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, is sponsoring the toy drive for the fourth year. It began Nov. 2 and continues through Dec. 19.

    People can drop off new, unopened toys to a number of locations in Lancaster County, Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Pageland. The Leathernecks are working with Christian Services and the Department of Social Services to identify families with children in need of toys.

  • Gamecocks prevail in annual tourney

    The University of South Carolina golfers, as has been the norm, celebrated a 19-15 win Thursday in the sixth annual Big Thursday Scholarship golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The news won’t be as good a week from Saturday in the annual USC-Clemson football game, if the norm holds true.

    In the past in the tournament, when the Gamecock golfers win, the Tigers’ football team prevails.

    A year ago in the tournament, Clemson snapped a four-year losing skid to the USC golfers with a 22-18 win in the 18-home match.

  • Kershaw official says town violated its own ordinance

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted Nov. 5 to allow the director of its water department to hire a full-time operator for the town's wastewater treatment plant.

    But does that move violate a town ordinance that calls for the town administrator to make hiring and firing decisions?

    Councilman Wade Hunter, who voted against the measure, argues it does. But the majority on council apparently don't agree with him.

    Hunter, Councilmen Eddie Coates and Harold Williams were outvoted, 4-3, on the matter.

    Town Attorney Bob Davis sides with the majority on council.

  • Changing temps result in vibrant display of colors

    Mother Nature is using all the colors in her palette to create a beautiful landscape in Lancaster County.

    Bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with darker purples and burgundy, have emerged this fall. It may seem like magic, but there's a scientific reason for the color change.

    Chemical changes in the leaves result in color changes. In the fall, nutrients drain into the tree's branches, trunk and roots for winter storage, causing the leaves to stop producing the green pigment chlorophyll.

  • Reunions shouldn't be this difficult

    I've been somewhat amazed by the Lancaster High School Class of 1978.

    There's been some rather noteworthy accomplishments by some of my classmates.

    One, U.S. Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst, has excelled as a military officer and is over a base in California.

    Remember Jimmy Addison, who could smoke all of us in algebra on our best days when he was having one his worst?

    That boy – as Jethro Bodine would say – could "flat cypher" and still can.