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Today's News

  • Blue Devils delivered 1967 Class C state crown

    HEATH SPRINGS – For The 1967 Heath Springs Blue Devils, the third time was the charm – a long-sought state championship football trophy was finally theirs.
    Heath Springs, denied the two previous seasons for the Class C state title, struck gridiron gold with the 1967 state championship.
    The golden anniversary of the Blue Devils’ blue ribbon season, a 10-2 finish with a 14-6 win over Lower State champion St. Stephen, was celebrated Saturday night at Heath Springs Baptist Church fellowship hall.

  • Gamecocks, Lancers team up for Big Thursday golf tourney victory

    The Gamecocks and Lancers had something to crow about late Thursday afternoon.
    The University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina Lancaster backers captured annual bragging rights in the 16th annual Big Thursday Scholarship golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    The Gamecocks and Lancers team prevailed 6-4 in the 10 matches with the rival Clemson teams.

  • Column: This isn’t the tax reform we want or need

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Democrat from Sumter who lost to Republican Ralph Norman in this year’s special election for the 5th District congressional seat. Parnell is running for the office again in 2018. Norman’s views on the GOP tax-reform bill ran in this space Sunday.

    My father used to tell me to believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear. When it comes to what people in Washington or in the media have to say about tax policy, that’s usually pretty good advice.

  • Column: Our community’s joint mission of philanthropy helps all people

    The first recorded use of the word “philanthropy” was in the Greek play “Prometheus Bound,” written about 460 BCE.
    In the play, Prometheus creates mankind out of clay. In the beginning, his creatures have no culture (no knowledge, skills, arts, science, technology), so they live in darkness, in caves, in fear for their lives. Out of his philanthropos tropos, or humanity-loving nature, Prometheus continues to develop his creatures by giving them two gifts: fire, which symbolizes culture, and “blind hope,” representing optimism.

  • Buford cheer team in state field

    The Buford High School cheer squad, a fixture in state finals competition, is going for the gold again Saturday in the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

    The Jackets, led by veteran cheer coach Julie Thompson, are bidding for a fourth straight top five finish in the state field.

    BHS placed fifth in the Class AAA state competition last fall after consecutive top four finishes in the Class AA state competition the previous two seasons. Class AAA includes Class AA and A schools in a combined field.

  • Clippers’ Thornwell to face Hornets Saturday

    Former Lancaster High School basketball star Sindarius Thornwell will return to his hoops roots Saturday when the Los Angeles Clippers face the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte at the Spectrum Center.

    Thornwell, a second round pick in the NBA June draft, is in his rookie season  with the Clippers, who are 5-8 heading into a road clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

    Thornwell, who broke into the Clippers starting lineup last week, is averaging 4.8 points a game and 1.2 rebounds.

  • James commits to Musketeers

    For Dontarius James, it’s Volunteer to Musketeer.

    James, the former Andrew Jackson High School basketball star, has given Xavier University in Cincinnati, a verbal commitment to play with the Musketeers, according to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) coach Jeremy Grubbs.

    James, according to Grubbs, made his oral pledge to Xavier University following a weekend visit to the Big East member.

  • Cherokee Speedway to Host Mike Duvall Memorial Blue Gray 100 this weekend

    Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney will host one of the Carolinas biggest races in dirt track action this weekend.

    The Blue Gray 100 is now being called the Mike Duvall Memorial Blue Gray 100.

    Duvall, regarded as one of the most famous drivers in dirt track racing, lost his battle with an illness earlier this year.

    Duvall made his car, the Flinstone Flyer, famous across the nation.

    Racing fans used to say when Duvall pulled onto a race track, drivers knew they were racing for second.

  • 1967 State Football Championship

    Charles Ussery

    For The Lancaster News


    Editor’s note: These are the thoughts and expressions of the football players who  met November 10, 2017 in Heath Springs, just a few football fields away from where many of the Blue Devils’ special memories are still fresh


    The picture from the Heath Springs High yearbook tells more than the story of the school’s 1967 Class C state tootball championship.

    The special memories include:

  • Catoe, Sistare in tie at the top

    As the 2017 football season winds to its final weeks, those gallant girls of gridiron forecasts are in a deadlock – alive and picking and in a dead heat.

    It’s been close all season and now they’re even.

    Mandy Catoe and Lori Sistare “Bright,” a game apart last week, are tied at the top.

    Sistare, in the mix for top honors since joining the Pigskin Picks, posted a 14-6 effort to Catoe’s 13-7 showing last week.

    When all was said and done, the girls are deadlocked at 187-72.