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Today's News

  • Oprah inspires girl to grow hair and then get it cut off

    Just wanting to help out other kids was the goal of 9-year-old Gabriella Plyler.

    Gabriella decided to participate in Locks of Love, where you grow your hair, then get it cut to make a wig for a child in need.

    "I want to help out the people that don't have any hair," Gabriella said.

    Gabriella learned about Locks of Love on an episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and decided that it was something that she wanted to do. It took her a year to grow her hair to the minimum six-inch ponytail that is required for making the wigs.

  • Murphy enjoys helping county residents

    A Lancaster County employee who has spent all of her career working in government was recently recognized as the county's employee of the quarter.

    Assessor's office employee Suzette Murphy received a plaque from County Council in November.

    Murphy has been working for the county for 18 years. Before that, she worked as assistant clerk for the town of Kershaw.

    It's helping residents that Murphy likes best about working in county government.

  • Warriors solid in first gym sweep

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land, in impressive fashion, added to its recent Warriors’ hoops history Friday night.Two days after posting the first win in the Lancaster County Class A school’s new gym, IL notched its first hardwood sweep taking two from Class AA county rival Buford.The Lady Warriors registered their first win in the new facility with a 50-34 win over the Lady Jackets in the varsity opener.The IL boys, who defeated Nation Ford of Fort Mill 50-45 for the school’s first win in the new gym on Wednesday, completed the hoops b

  • Volunteers drop tough road losses to North Central High

    BOONETOWN – Andrew Jackson’s first road trip of the 2007-08 basketball season resulted in a pair of tough losses at North Central on Friday night.

    The Lady Volunteers went cold in the final period and dropped a 38-36 loss to the NCHS girls. In the nightcap, the Vols dug an early hole and couldn’t quite recover in dropping the 67-63 setback.

    North Central, in the boys' game, held an 8-5 first-period lead and opened a 32-18 edge at the break.

    The Vols, 0-2, made a hard charge in the third period and sliced the Knights' lead to 45-44.

  • Home for the holidays

    If you're looking for a few holiday decorating ideas, the Lancaster Garden Club's 21st annual Christmas Tour of Homes may be just the place to find them.

    Family, friends gather at Bailey home

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS - Features Editor

    For Bobby and Thelathia "Thea" Bailey, Christmas means family and their Somerset Drive home has become the holiday gathering place for the Barneses, Baileys and their extended family, too.

  • Warriors earn first gym win

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land rallied late and held on to produce some Warriors’ basketball history Wednesday night.

    Indian Land used an 18-12 fourth-quarter surge to take a 50-45 comeback win over Nation Ford High School of Fort Mill for the Warriors’ first win in their new gym.

    Indian Land had lost to Class AAAA foe York on Tuesday in the IL gym opener, but Wednesday was a different story.

    The Falcons held a 33-32 lead going into the final period, but the Warriors, behind Karl Watson, charged for the victory.

  • BHS hoops have familiar, new look

    The 2007-08 Buford High School basketball teams feature a blend of the old and new.The familiar face in the Jackets’ hoops program is veteran girls coach Michelle Vestal, while the BHS boys have a new look in coach Jeff Moyer.Vestal, in her eighth season at Buford, is hoping the Lady Jackets can improve on a 1-21 mark.Buford returns its top scorer in sophomore performer Brittany McCarter, an all-region and all-county pick who averaged 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last season.McCarter will be joined by senior guards Amanda Truesda

  • Oh baby, Ern wins Picks title

    Back 15 weeks ago when the 2007 Pigskin Picks kicked off the season, big news came out about veteran panelist Ernie "Big E" Rowell.

    Well, it didn’t have a thing to do with picking football games. It was more about "all in the family."

    Ern and his wife, Debbie, a Lancaster High School teacher and an avid football fan, had just learned their team was growing by one.

    Their son Brady was gaining a sibling.

    That's right a baby is on the way. The word is it's a girl.

  • AJ Vols have new look with Reeves

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson boys’ basketball coach Dale Reeves will not be the only newcomer to the Volunteers’ hardwood this season as only one starter returns for the 2007-08 hoops season.Senior post player Jonathan Belk returns as the lone starter for the inexperienced Vols.“We are really lacking experience in virtually every position except the post,” said Reeves.

  • English professor's poetry focuses on everyday things

    There's no complex formula to her poetry. It's all about observing the world and taking note of the small things around you.

    Dr. Lisa Hammond, an English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, recently had a book of her poetry, "Moving Houses," published.

    She has written poetry most of her life, but this is the first time she's had a collection of her work published.