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Today's News

  • Column: 3 things to fix in S.C. education

    Today I bring you some thoughts from Jon Butzon, who has spent years working to improve and reform education in South Carolina. He believes that not only should we have great schools but we can have great schools for every child in South Carolina. Here is what he thinks we should do.
    There is no waltzing around it. K-12 public education in South Carolina is not working.

  • USCL Lancers win weekend series, but drop first setback

    The University of South Carolina Lancers took two of three games from visiting Brunswick Community College, N.C., over the weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field.
    The Lancers won the first two games, but fell in the Sunday finale, 6-0.
    USCL won 12-3, 7-6 on Saturday, but the visiting BCC Dolphins snapped the Lancers’ win streak at nine games with the shutout win.
    USCL swept Catawba College Community College, 4-0 to open the season Jan. 28-29 in Hickory, N.C.

  • Lady Vols region champs

    BUFORD – Andrew Jackson High girls basketball coach Sha’Ron Robertson flashed a victory grin, as bright as Lady Volunteers orange, Friday night.
    As it turned out, there were plenty of smiles to go around among the Vols faithful Friday night in the packed BHS gym.
    AJ, on a visit to county rival Buford, came away with a tough win over the scrappy Lady Jackets to complete regular-season play.
    The fourth-ranked Lady Vols, with their 46-34 win, captured the Region IV-AA championship.

  • Lady Bruins win, look to postseason

    Lancaster High School girls basketball coach Ronnie Robinson said the Lady Bruins created a little momentum for the Class AAAA Upstate playoffs with a tough win over region rival South Pointe in Rock Hill on Friday night.
    The Lady Bruins, 7-11, 4-6, notched a 49-42 win over the Lady Stallions to earn a split with SPHS.
    The Stallions, in the nightcap, edged the Bruins, 62-56.

  • SEC honors Thornwell for play

    South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell is the SEC Player of the Week after averaging 36 points, 12.5 rebounds and three assists per game last week versus Alabama and at Mississippi State.
    The weekly honor is the third Player of the Week award of his career, and the second this season.Thornwell was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times during his rookie campaign of 2013-14.

  • Lady Warriors finish strong for playoff win

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Lady Warriors finished strong to advance to round two in the Class AAA Upper State basketball playoffs with a 54-38 win over Mid-Carolina of Prosperity on Monday night in the Lady Warriors’ gym.
    The IL girls, co-champions of Region IV-AAA, closed out the win over the Lady Rebels with a key 18-9 final period run to seal the 16-point win.
    Indian Land, 11-8, was sparked by all-region selection Tianah Miller, who scored nine of her 13 points in the final period.

  • Volunteers defense delivers victory over Jackets

    BUFORD – Andrew Jackson High boys basketball coach Danny Wright expected a tough night, and got it and also got a win.
    The seventh-ranked Volunteers, with their share of tough defense, proved too strong in taking a 53-42 win over the scrappy Buford Yellow Jackets on Friday night.
    “I was happy to get this rivalry win,” Wright said. “I was proud of my guys for playing hard because we knew that is what it would take.”

  • Column: More money alone won’t solve state’s road problem

    Two weeks ago, the S.C. Senate passed a bill that would lay the groundwork for the governor to appoint the state superintendent of education — making the Department of Education a cabinet agency and fully accountable to the governor. The bill has yet to pass the House, but a similar bill passed the House last session.

  • Column: My work is done on VW plan

    Last winter, the Committee to Incorporate Van Wyck, which I chaired, began advocating for the incorporation of Van Wyck as a defense against the involuntary annexation of Van Wyck by the proposed Town of Indian Land.

  • Column: Peculiar thing called ‘the South Carolina mind’

    In 1929, Gaffney native W.J. Cash wrote his seminal book “The Mind of the South.”
    Every subsequent attempt to understand the mind (and soul) of the South necessarily starts with this book. It has been so since it was written and will probably continue to be so for generations to come. It is that good.
    The premise of Cash’s book is that there is a distinctive Southern mind, and I believe there is also a “sub-species” native to the Palmetto State that we could call the South Carolina mind.