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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Jackets host preseason hoops tournament

    The high school hardwood takes center stage tonight for three nights of action as Buford High School hosts its annual preseason basketball tournament in the Jackets gym.

    The Buford Preseason Tournament opens today with varsity play at 5:45 p.m. when Indian Land faces South Pointe of Rock Hill.

    Game two, at 6:50 p.m., has the Governor’s School meeting tournament host Buford.

    The evening finale today has Oceanside Academy of Charleston meeting Lancaster at 7:55.

  • Column: Odd approach to legislative power-sharing

    At a meeting last week, the S.C. House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee was talking about restructuring the state’s Public Utilities Review Committee, which oversees or influences every area of the energy industry, including the failed V.C. Summer nuclear construction project.
    Rep. Nathan Ballantine, a Richland County Republican, brought up the PURC’s legislator-to-citizen ratio.

  • Column: Democrats back policies that help America’s middle class

    Last Saturday at noon, my wife Mary and I rode in the Lancaster Veterans Day parade in the back of Keith Grey’s pickup truck with Tom and Judy Langston. Keith also pulled a trailer with more members of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
    The LCDP trailer was entry number 59 in the parade. Tommy Myers and his family walked behind our trailer as entry number 60. Even though Tommy is a Democrat, he was not in the parade as a Democrat, but as a veteran of the Vietnam War.

  • Brooks new LMS race director

    Chester Brooks is the new race director for Lancaster Motor Speedway, the half-mile dirt track.

    Brooks has worked for numerous tracks and racing series during his racing career.

    He previously worked for Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., and with the 525 Fuel Series, a traveling Late Model Series.

    The track staff of Lancaster Motor Speedway is excited to bring Brooks on board for the 2018 racing season.