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Today's News

  • Community journalism remains focus

    Several years ago, I participated in a job fair for graduating journalists at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Representatives from media outlets across the nation – newspapers, broadcast, television and public relation firms – also were there.

    We were there interviewing and touting our businesses to the future graduates. I was there representing The Lancaster News and our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. (LCNI.) As the day wore on, folks from the different businesses began to wander around the concourse talking to reps at their booths.

  • A lot of ‘good-hearted people’ in Lancaster

    I would to thank all the wonderful people who live in Lancaster County. We are always hearing about the bad things people do. Well, I want to tell about some good things people do.

    Again this year, the Lancaster County Council on Aging (COA) sponsored the “shoe boxes for seniors,” a project that was started about six years ago.

  • Football officials hall to induct Melton

    The way Lancaster area high school football official Max Melton figures, had he not switched field positions, he might not be in line for the state's highest honor in working prep games.

    Melton, who entered high school football officiating as an umpire before becoming a referee, will be inducted into the S.C. High School Football Officials Association Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

    The induction will be at Seawell's Restaurant in Columbia.

  • Home no more safe haven because of thieves

    My heart was truly warmed this Christmas season as I witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love in and around Lancaster County. Donations of food, toys, money and clothing were overwhelming and renewed my faith in humankind.

  • NWTF Catawba Valley Chapter banquet Feb. 7

    The fourth annual Catawba Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) banquet and auction is Feb. 7 at the Bradley Building on the USC-Lancaster campus.

    Proceeds from the auction, which will feature firearms, hunting gear and outdoor art by top national artists and sculptors, benefit the NWTF's Hunting Heritage program.

    Individual and sponsor tickets may be purchased through committee members, or at Sistare Carpets, Jessie's Paint & Body and Carolina Podiatry Group, according to chapter president Dr. Brandon Percival.

  • Golfers post aces

    In recent play at the Lancaster Golf Club, a couple of aces were posted.

    Frank Neal had a hole-in-one on No. 7. He made the 115-yard shot with a three hybrid iron.

    Neal was playing in a group which included Gene Adams and Carroll Lucas.

    Donald Brouwer had his second hole-in-one on No. 4 using a seven iron on the 135-yard shot.

    Brouwer was playing in a foursome which included Bobby Kennington, John Cauthen and Charles Harrell.

  • Do homework before buying new furniture

    Consumers often furniture shop without any sense of what they like, their long-term goals or even something as basic as the dimensions of the room you are buying furniture for.

    You should do the same amount of preparation when buying furniture that you do when buying a dishwasher, cell phone or computer. After all, a quality dining room table will cost more than those items and lasts longer.

    Before visiting a furniture store, do your homework so that you don't become a victim of a sofa that you don't want.

  • Help support Family Promise of Lancaster County

    Family Promise of Lancaster County started in September 2007. The essential backbone of any organized group is to have committees to collect needed information or recruit volunteer help.

    Family Promise is no different. The committees and their chairmen are: Host Recruitment Committee, the Rev. Dan Batson of First United Methodist Church, chairman: Fundraising Committee, Calvin Miller of Covenant Baptist Church, chairman: Public Relations, Mary Atkinson of St. Catherine Catholic Church, chairwoman and the Day Center with Chad Catledge of First Baptist Church as chairman.

  • Batter up for USC-L Lancers

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is ready to play ball.

    The Lancers, members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, are adding baseball to their athletic program.

    USC-L will play a 20-game schedule in the fall and a 56-game schedule in the spring of 2009.

    The Lancers will be led by coach Mike Prochaska, who has an extensive background in S.C. baseball.

  • Gregory represents county admirably

    It was all in the wording. The original S.C. Constitution outlawed gambling in the Palmetto State. But that changed in 1980s when a legislative loophole allowed payouts – in paper receipts not cash – for video poker. The receipts were then exchanged for cash.

    That act helped spur one of the most profitable businesses in South Carolina – video poker gambling. Video poker had been around since 1975, but it boomed in the 1980s and became a multi-billion dollar industry.