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Today's News

  • Vols, Jackets advance to AA state meet

    Two Andrew Jackson High School track athletes have qualified to the Class AA state track meet.
    Sophomore sprinter LaKyle McIlwain and Oksana Lathan, a sophomore, are headed to the state meet.
    McIlwain ran a 15.56 to win the Class AA Upper State 110 high hurdles at the Upstate meet at Keenan High School in Columbia. McIlwain has the fastest time in Class AA 110 high hurdles, according to AJ coach Corey McIlwain.
    Lathan, in the 100 meters, ran a 12.95 to place eighth in the event and advance to the state meet.

  • Jackets eliminate IL in Upstate title series

    INDIAN LAND – Union County returned to Indian Land High School, but this time the Lady Yellow Jackets were on the attack on the way to a 15-5 win over the Lady Warriors.
    UCHS’s 10-run win eliminated the host Lady Warriors in the Class AAA Upper State softball championship series Wednesday night at ILHS.
    The Lady Warriors, in their series opener, pounded the Lady Yellow Jackets, 10-3 on Friday night, but UCHS turned the tables Wednesday night in the elimination game rematch.

  • Buford golfers earn bid to Class AA state field

    Buford High School senior “T” Sutton captured the Region IV-AA medalist with a 139 to help the Jackets earn a bid to the Class AA state tournament May 13-14.
    Sutton’s effort – 71-68 – helped the Jackets to a second-place finish in the six-team region field.
    Two teams from the region advance to the state tournament.
    Central won the Region IV-AA golf tournament with a 646 – 327-319, with David Oliver, the runner-up medalist, leading the Eagles with a 140, 72-68.
    Buford was second with a 664 – 340-324.

  • Belk leads LHS in Class AAAA meet

    Lancaster High School has several qualifiers for the Class AAAA state meet, including Tierra Belk in two events.
    The Class AAAA state qualifying meet, hosted by Dreher High School in Columbia, was held at Columbia International University.
    Belk was fourth in the triple jump with a 35-06 effort. She placed seventh in the girls’ 200-meter dash in 25.63.
    Belk placed 10th in the 100-meter dash.
    The girls 4 x 100 relay was eighth, including Belk, Ya’dynasty Douglas, Mahongany Perry and Rekia Polk in a time of 49.84.

  • Cards rebound, eliminate AJ in AA Upstate title series

    Landrum High School, forced to a do-or-die game by scrappy Andrew Jackson, bounced back in a big way for an 8-1 win over the Volunteers to win the Class AA Upper State baseball championship Wednesday night at the Cardinals’ field.
    AJ, needing two wins to advance to the Class AA state title series, opened with a resounding 13-7 victory to force the second game.
    In the nightcap, Landrum struck for three first-inning runs and added two runs in the third inning to build a 5-0 lead after two frames.

  • Warriors earn state title berth

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School boys soccer team earned a bid to the Class AAA state title match, and in doing so, made Warriors soccer history.
    ILHS, a five-time participant in the Class AA state soccer finals, earned its first-ever berth to the Class AAA state championship match Tuesday night when the Warriors pounded Pendleton High School, 6-2 to win the Class AAA Upper State crown at Warrior Stadium.
    The Warriors were led by freshman John Fosu who scored three goals – a hat trick – to pace ILHS to the solid win.

  • Paws on Parade brings art to our public spaces

    Fiberglass dog sculptures will be popping up across Lancaster County through early June.
    Paws on Parade, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 dog sculptures designed and painted by local artists.
    Arts council Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the project was mostly funded through a Lancaster County accommodations tax grant to promote tourism.

  • Column: Community newspapers nationwide are adapting to survive

    There was a tough but mostly accurate headline on a recent Associated Press story: “Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold.”
    But as usual, the headline didn’t tell the whole story.
    The story had a strong central basis, the research of Penny Abernathy and her colleagues at the University of North Carolina. She reported in October that about 1,400 U.S. cities and towns lost newspapers from 2004 through 2015.

  • Column: Norman: Disabled 1st responders deserve lifetime tax-exempt status

    There are people among us who make sacrifices. People who pay the ultimate price not for prestige, power or glory – but for strangers in need.
    Sometimes, these men and women are found abroad or on our military bases keeping us safe. Often, they are found right next door. These are our first responders, our neighborhood heroes who go to work every day with the full knowledge that they might not return home.
    Nationwide in the second half of 2018 alone, nearly 700 first responders were permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty.

  • Editor's Column: Memories of a textile fortress that couldn’t withstand attack

    I walked the site of the demolished Lancaster Plant on Thursday, searching for the spot where the county historical society found Leroy Springs’ tomb last month.
    It saddened me so. The World’s Largest Cotton Mill, reduced to piles of bricks and concrete slabs. Soil stained dark, weeds head-high. Only a few houses still stand in the mill village, and most of those are boarded up. The vacant lots are overgrown and trashy.
    I stood there in the sun and the breeze and closed my eyes, remembering the place in its prime.