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Today's News

  • Lancaster Leathernecks hope to spread joy with Toys for Tots drive

    Organizers hope this year's Toys for Tots campaign will yield more gifts than ever for Lancaster County children.

    The Lancaster County Leathernecks, the county's detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, is sponsoring the toy drive for the fourth year. It began Nov. 2 and continues through Dec. 19.

    People can drop off new, unopened toys to a number of locations in Lancaster County, Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Pageland. The Leathernecks are working with Christian Services and the Department of Social Services to identify families with children in need of toys.

  • Gamecocks prevail in annual tourney

    The University of South Carolina golfers, as has been the norm, celebrated a 19-15 win Thursday in the sixth annual Big Thursday Scholarship golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The news won’t be as good a week from Saturday in the annual USC-Clemson football game, if the norm holds true.

    In the past in the tournament, when the Gamecock golfers win, the Tigers’ football team prevails.

    A year ago in the tournament, Clemson snapped a four-year losing skid to the USC golfers with a 22-18 win in the 18-home match.

  • Kershaw official says town violated its own ordinance

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted Nov. 5 to allow the director of its water department to hire a full-time operator for the town's wastewater treatment plant.

    But does that move violate a town ordinance that calls for the town administrator to make hiring and firing decisions?

    Councilman Wade Hunter, who voted against the measure, argues it does. But the majority on council apparently don't agree with him.

    Hunter, Councilmen Eddie Coates and Harold Williams were outvoted, 4-3, on the matter.

    Town Attorney Bob Davis sides with the majority on council.

  • Changing temps result in vibrant display of colors

    Mother Nature is using all the colors in her palette to create a beautiful landscape in Lancaster County.

    Bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with darker purples and burgundy, have emerged this fall. It may seem like magic, but there's a scientific reason for the color change.

    Chemical changes in the leaves result in color changes. In the fall, nutrients drain into the tree's branches, trunk and roots for winter storage, causing the leaves to stop producing the green pigment chlorophyll.

  • Reunions shouldn't be this difficult

    I've been somewhat amazed by the Lancaster High School Class of 1978.

    There's been some rather noteworthy accomplishments by some of my classmates.

    One, U.S. Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst, has excelled as a military officer and is over a base in California.

    Remember Jimmy Addison, who could smoke all of us in algebra on our best days when he was having one his worst?

    That boy – as Jethro Bodine would say – could "flat cypher" and still can.

  • Owner explains change from game room to Chad’s place

    I understand Pastor Andy Hart’s confusion concerning the article, “Pastor questions motive of game room owners,” in the Nov. 7 edition of The Lancaster News about Chad’s Game Room.

  • Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths

    INDIAN LAND – The driver involved in a bicycle accident last month on U.S. 521 in Indian Land has been charged in the deaths of two cyclists.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Sharon Snipes King, 35, of Greensboro, N.C., Thursday with two counts of reckless homicide.

    The patrol says she was driving the Chrysler Pacifica that struck Thomas Hoskins and Lee Anne Barry from behind on Oct. 20 as they were traveling on the northbound side of the road.

    The accident happened just south of the Niven Road intersection.

  • Janet Huckabee campaigns for husband in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Janet Huckabee told a crowd in Indian Land that if her husband is elected president, he will serve the country with the same loyalty and commitment that has made their marriage strong more than 30 years.

    Janet, wife of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, is touring South Carolina in support of her husband, who's seeking the Republican nomination for president.

    She kicked off the three-day First Ladies Bus Tour on Wednesday morning at the Sun City Carolina Lakes retirement community.

  • Devils gun for Upstate title

    When his team takes on Great Falls tonight in the Upper State title game, Ride Spring-Monetta coach Mark Rodgers doesn’t want to play football as much as he’d like to play keep-away.

    That tactic worked to perfection when the two teams met last year. The Trojans scored on the game’s opening drive and ate up the entire first quarter clock in the process. At game’s end they had a huge edge in time of possession and a narrow 12-8 win.

  • County all-star football squads set for district title clashes Monday

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Blue all-stars earned a bid to the Central District title game Monday night in Rock Hill.

    Lancaster County Blue downed Rock Hill 6-0 on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium to stay alive for the title.

    In the opening half, Keendarius Truesdale scored on a 55-yard run for the game’s lone score.

    The Blue held on and notched the shutout win, its second straight, as Tyquanday Myers recovered a fumble to stop a Rock Hill drive.