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  • Support Relay, help in fight against cancer

    In the spring of 1985, Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Wash., sought to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of his patients.
    For 24 hours, a dedicated Klatt walked around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
    Throughout the night, his friends paid $25 each to walk or run 30 minutes with him.
    He walked about 83 miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

  • Have fun, safe season at ballfield

    The youth ball season is under way around the county.
    As an annual rite of spring, many area youngsters, girls and boys from a variety of ages, will be involved with baseball and softball games from the county Panhandle to southern Lancaster County and all points in between.
    It’s a new season and the optimism is high.
    There will be plenty of games on the diamonds for these youngsters from now to mid-summer to be a part of this season.

  • Rollins shares story to help others survive

    Some seminars might seem like just a way to pass time. But you might have a hard time convincing Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Rollins of that.
    Last fall, while he was on a dinner break with fellow drug task officers at a Lancaster restaurant, someone tried to rob the restaurant. The incident led to shots and Rollins was wounded. He grabbed his side and realized it was serious, but the knowledge he gained from a seminar  by longtime police trainer Dave Smith last year proved vital in his will to survive.

  • Platt was a blessing to many

    Whether it was a foreign country or in his native Palmetto State, John Platt was active in spreading love through the work of God.
    Platt, who served 15 years in Lancaster at the Moriah Baptist Association, gave 52 years of his 78 years to serving God and spreading his word, no matter where he was.
    A cancer victim, Platt died earlier this month.
    The personable Platt had a knack for achieving mission work through his strong leadership and passion for his ministry.

  • USCL Lancers impressive in fourth season of baseball

    The 2012 University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball season has been one of glowing proportions on the diamond.
    The Lancers, who are in their fourth year of play in National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, are having a landmark campaign.
    The Lancers started off strong, winning eight straight games to open the season.
    It was obvious coach Steve Williams’ team was going to be a force to reckon with this season.
    Any doubting Thomases about the prowess of the royal blue and gold soon saw how strong the Lancers were.

  • Big Thursday scholarships make impact on education

    Big Thursday of Lancaster Inc. brings together area University of South Carolina and Clemson supporters.
    When they leave, as strange as it may seem, both groups of backers are likely sporting smiles – toothy grins worth of a good day.
    The Big Thursday Scholarship Committee has produced plenty of big smiles over the last few years.
    The committee works to help county students who attend the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Clemson University.

  • Truesdale true champ in athletics

    It’s been quite a senior year for Indian Land High School star athlete Rondreas Truesdale.
    The record-setting quarterback produced a stellar football season, leading the Warriors to a 7-4 mark and a second straight home berth in the Class AA Upper State playoffs.
    He led the state in rushing 2,210 yards and scored 37 touchdowns this season.
    Truesdale also became the fifth Warriors’ player to earn selection to the annual North-South All-Star football game at Myrtle Beach last December.

  • Coach Wells deserving of Shrine Bowl honor

    Come mid-December, Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells is in for a real gridiron treat.
    Wells, a veteran of 28 years in prep coaching, will experience one of the top benefits of being a high school football coach in the Carolinas as the Whare Shoals native will serve as a coach on the S.C. Shrine Bowl staff.
    The Shrine Bowl is the annual all-star football game, which features the top senior players in the Carolinas.

  • Furr’s legacy continues through scholarships

    To turn a tragic event into something positive can be a catharsis. Sharon Furr knows. April 4, 2009, was a tragic day for Furr and her family.
    Furr’s sister, Cindy Furr, and her 2-year-old niece, McAllister “Mackie” Furr, were on their way to church when one of two vehicles racing on S.C. 49 in the Lake Wylie community crashed into Furr’s car. Furr died on impact and Mackie not long after. Also killed was 13-year-old Hunter Holt, a passenger in the car that crashed into Furr’s vehicle.

  • Oliver deserves to lead patrol

    Lancaster native Mike Oliver knew years ago as a mere teen he wanted to work in law enforcement.
    He just didn’t know his love for enforcing the law would lead him to the top of his profession in the Palmetto State.
    It has, as Oliver is now commander of the S.C. Highway Patrol after being named to the elite post in December by Leroy Smith, director of the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    “I never dreamed that I would one day be the colonel,” Oliver said. “I’m honored. I know it’s a great responsibility.”