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Today's News

  • Brecht - Jackson Engagement

    Lynn and Vickie Brecht announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Annette Brecht, all of Lancaster, to James Robert Jackson of Waxhaw, N.C.
    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Oct. 1, 2016, at HomePlace Bed and Breakfast.
    Miss Brecht is the granddaughter of Dianne and the late Roy Charles Catoe, Susan Boyd, Nada Funderburk, all of Lancaster, and the late Lynn Brecht Sr. of Charlotte. She is a graduate of South Pointe Christian School in Pageland, and a graduate of Newberry College. She is a client accountant at American Forestry Management.

  • West - Smith Engagement

    Dean and Betty West of Lancaster announce the engagement of their daughter, Cynthia Jane West, to Dionis A. Smith, both of Charlotte.
    The beach wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Sept. 17, 2016, in Charleston.
    Miss West is a graduate of Charles D’Amico High School in Albion, N.Y., and earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from SUNY Herkimer in New York. She is a practice assistant/paralegal for McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte.

  • Column: S.C. must start expecting more of itself

    Recently, I was talking with a Columbia woman who works with government contracting on the local, state and national level. She has built a multimillion-dollar business, and she runs it with honesty and integrity.
    In talking about her work with S.C. state government, she said something that stopped me dead in my tracks. “State government has become so corrupt on every level,” she said, “and it’s been that way for so long that people just accept it as business as usual – just the way it is.”

  • Remember When: A yard full of trees, an apple pie in the window

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away in July, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    The telephone note on my desk was asking for an immediate reply.
    Talk about a quick response – I made it! No, the house wasn’t on fire. Mr. Hagins down at Railway Express had called, and our fruit trees had arrived.

  • 'Nothing better than a homegrown tomato'

    For the past seven years, farming has been a passion for Rachel Hovis. Her work and dedication to farming led her to receive the 2016 American FFA Degree, along with 18 others in the state.
    “It’s the highest honor an FFA member can get,” Hovis said.
    The Future Farmers of America Degree is awarded to students based on their leadership abilities, their participation in at least 50 hours of community service with three different organizations, their supervised agricultural experience and their time and cost investments.

  • LHS looks to continue pool success

    The Lancaster High School swim team, which has had its share of pool success in the past, looks to continue its wave of wins this fall.
    The Bruins, who feature student-athletes from across the Lancaster County school district, are coming off region title seasons in 2015.
    The Lancaster girls were 15-0 and the boys went 13-1.
    The LHS swimmers have their share of experience coming back off those title teams.

  • Blythewood edges LHS swimmers

    Lancaster opened its 2016 swim season, dropping a close 175-164 loss to Blythewood on Tuesday at the Bengals’ pool.
    LHS, which defeated York on Thursday, will face White Knoll on Thursday.
    In the York meet, the Bruins downed the Cougars, 287-37. The LHS boys prevailed, 147-15 and the Lady Bruins won, 140-22.
    LHS vs. Blythewood results:
    200 medley relay – 1. Lancaster (Mills, Houghtaling, Spencer, Henry); 2. Lancaster (Page, Rogers, Cuella, Cunningham), 3. Lancaster (Wright, J. Caravaca, Reid, Bravo

  • Vols cruise in road win over Aynor

    AYNOR – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers got on track, rolling to a solid 25-8 road win over Aynor High School on Friday night.
    AJ, 1-1, was sparked by senior standout Heath Gandy, who led the Vols’ 17-point win over the AHS Blue Jackets.
    The Volunteers, coming off a home loss to Lewisville, rebounded to spoil the AHS Blue Jackets’ 2016 home opener.

  • Warriors top Jackets, 41-35

    INDIAN LAND – Rivalry games can often take strange turns, given the major stakes and bragging rights. Friday night, when Buford battled old rival Indian Land, was a perfect example.
    Indian Land seemingly had control of the game, ended up blowing a 22-point lead and allowed the never-say-die Yellow Jackets to come all the way back, before IL scored on its first play of overtime in an emotional 41-35 win.

  • Albino’s clutch catch snags IL win

    INDIAN LAND – Call it the catch, which snagged a sweet Warriors’ win.
    For all the 76 points scored in Indian Land’s 41-35 overtime win over old rival Buford, the tight game came down to one play.
    A play that wasn’t even supposed to be run.
    Host Indian Land, which held a 35-13 lead at one point, found itself at regulation’s end in a 35-all stalemate with the late-surging Jackets.