Today's News

  • Why legislative session should be much shorter

    Editorialists and commentators have chastised the South Carolina Legislature relentlessly for failing to get anything done during the 2015 session. In fact, though, they did plenty of work.

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, and during that time 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, lawmakers passed 131. In addition, 950 resolutions were filed, and all but 64 of those passed.

    The question, of course, is this: How many of these were actually worth legislators spending over half a year in Columbia?

  • We’re all guilty of parsing words

    Lies and deception. We say it’s wrong, so why do we do it? Seth Slater, a professor of creative writing, did a paper on the subject of lying and made some interesting points to answer this question of why.

    He first suggests that we justify lying by saying things like lying gets us out of awkward situations, spares the feelings of others, enhances our social standing, keeps us out of trouble and can even save our lives.

  • Lucas signs to play at NGU

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School baseball standout Gunnar Lucas is taking his game to the next level in the Upstate.
    Lucas, a Volunteers lefty pitcher-first baseman, is headed to North Greenville University in Tigerville to play for the Crusaders.
    “When I went there, it seemed like the place for me,” Lucas said. “I like the school, academics and baseball program, and it’s in a beautiful setting north of Greenville.
    “I had a good feeling about North Greenville.”

  • Speedway slates awards Saturday afternoon

    Lancaster Super Speedway will celebrate its 61st season with the annual LSS awards night Saturday, Nov. 14.
    Recognition and awards will be presented to the top five finishers in each division. The awards presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the pits on victory lane stage.
    The entry is through the pit gate ticket booth area. The grandstands are closed. Admission is free.
    Drivers are invited to bring their car for pictures, if they choose.

  • Adjustment key in IL’s Mackey’s senior play

    INDIAN LAND – Football is about making key adjustments at any time, and no player knows that fact better than Indian Land High School senior receiver Dillon Mackey.
    A year ago, Mackey was the IL quarterback, but in his senior season, the 6-1, 180-pounder was in a battle to again lead the Warriors’ offense.
    During the preseason, Mackey lost the job as the Warriors’ top QB. When he received the news from IL head coach Mike Mayer, Mackey quickly looked for another way to contribute.

  • Buford’s Upstate champ

    Buford High School volleyball coach Taylor Roberts had an early inkling about the Lady Jackets’ Class AA Upper State championship volleyball win over Landrum.
    BHS, 21-2, launched the 3-0 victory – its fourth consecutive playoff court sweep – with a business-like 25-20 victory over the LHS Lady Cardinals, and Roberts was confident what the Buford girls could achieve Tuesday night, Nov. 10.
    “That first set was vital,” Roberts said. “We came in and got up. They proved to themselves they could do it.

  • Man faces molestation charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested this week for the sexual abuse of a child.
    Michael Stephen Mobley, 36, of 1948 Sunny Lane, was arrested Monday, Nov. 9, by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 11, according to the incident report.
    Mobley’s arrest followed an investigation that began Oct. 24 after the victim, whom he knew, told family members about the incident.

  • Nutramax to expand, create 125 new jobs

    Nutramax Laboratories has purchased the former U.S. Textile Corp. women’s hosiery plant off S.C. 903 and intends to move its warehousing operation to the site, a $15 million project that will create 125 new jobs.
    While a formal announcement won’t be made until January, Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax, informed Lancaster City Council about the company’s plans at its Tuesday, Nov. 10, meeting.

  • Emails reveal lawsuit, threat of another

    One day before Lancaster County Council defunded the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., agency President Keith Tunnell accused county leaders and employees of saying he had used his position for improper financial gain.
    In an email to County Administrator Steve Willis and Council Chairman Bob Bundy on Aug. 9, Tunnell expressed concern that they and “others connected with county government” were alleging he had “profited personally” in exchange for promoting incentives for local companies, among them Haile Gold Mine.

  • Amazing Journey performance Sunday

    What do a German, Hungarian and Brazilian have in common? If you said, “a love of music,” you’d be right, but you’d be missing the story behind the answer.
    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, members of the Greenville Symphony Ensemble invite you to join them as they weave a musical journey from Germany, to Brazil, to the United States, and learn some of the real-life stories behind the musical travel.