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Today's News

  • Saints sign Blackmon

     

       

    BUFORD – Limestone College, which is starting a football program, is the right place for Buford High School senior football player C.J. Blackmon.

  • Clarification on Kershaw Town Council election

    The Kershaw Town Council election is Tuesday, March 19. The wrong date was published on Pages 1A and 2A in the Sunday, March 17, edition of The Lancaster News. Votes will be cast at Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. 

       

  • Altman’s drive took him to top

    Buford High School senior wrestler Dylan Altman has a coveted gold medal to show for his persistence.
    Altman, the Jackets’ 132-pounder, captured an individual state championship as he won the gold medal on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson Civic Center.
    A year prior, Altman fell short in a bid to capture the 120-pound Class AAA state title to end his junior campaign.
    Altman used his miss at the shot of “grabbing the brass ring” to power his run to the state championship this year.

  • Prisoner changes course of American legal history

    “In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, could not be assured a fair trial, unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth.” – Justice Hugo Black, March 18, 1963, in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon vs. Wainwright.
    This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gideon case. This decision set in motion the greatest transformation to the American criminal justice system in history.

  • Memories aren't all good times

    There was a time in my military life when some assignments were better than others. That’s just how it works with Uncle Sam.

    Just about everybody knows the government sends a GI to some awful places. It’s a given there are some duty stations where the likelihood of getting shot ain’t nearly as bad as others. But soldiers don’t set policy, they follow orders. You go where you are sent.

    It had been almost four years since my last overseas assignment.

  • The Kirkleys: 72 years and counting

    With the not-so-happy outcomes of many modern marriages, it’s welcoming news to hear of a marriage that has stood the tests of time.

    George and Lola Kirkley met each other in 1937 in Jefferson when she was 16 and he was 17.

    Lola, who lived in the Angelus community, was greeted by George in front of Long Branch Baptist Church in Jefferson before revival services.

  • House rejects Medicaid expansion

    COLUMBIA – After a day-long budget debate Tuesday, March 11, on a state House Democratic amendment to expand Medicaid in South Carolina, the House Republican majority rejected it and adopted their own plan.

    In a 73-45 vote along party lines, the House tabled the amendment – effectively killing it – then voted 73-41 shortly after to adopt the section of provisos in the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed fiscal 2014 budget that would establish the GOP health-care alternative.

  • DHEC seeking input on SNAP

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is seeking input on possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

    Two out of three adults in South Carolina are overweight or obese and South Carolina now has the eighth highest obesity rate in the nation.

  • Great Falls sells police cars

    The Town of Great Falls collected $3,000 at a public auction on Feb. 20.
    Great Falls Mayor Don Camp said the town held an auction at the police department to sell three police department vehicles, a truck and a tractor.
    Camp said a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car sold for $1,500 and a 1980 Ford tractor with a mower brought in $1,500.
    A second 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car has been sold for $1,500 and a 1999 Ford Expedition used by the police department was sold for $2,500, Camp said Monday.

  • Chester deputies seize video gaming machines

    RICHBURG – Authorities seized two illegal video poker machines from Great Falls Mart (formerly The Home Place) on March 6.

    Chester County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mary Anne Tolbert said the machines were similar to the “old timely” Kino machines.

    The report said deputies spoke to a 58-year-old Fort Lawn woman who told them that she put $40 in a video poker machine and won $880.