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Today's News

  • Red Devils gear up for spring practice

    When the Great Falls football team takes the field for spring practice starting on May 12, there will be some new faces and new rules.

    Head coach Kenneth Schofield announced recently that the defensive coordinator spot left open when Brett Blackmon accepted a job in Lancaster will be filled by Torri Barber. Barber played under Schofield and joined the coaching staff last year as linebackers coach.

  • A pair of one run games for Lady Lions

    After a pair of nail-biters, the Lewisville softball team remains alive in the A playoffs.

    On Thursday, the Lady Lions made the long road trip to Fox Creek (which is near North Augusta) and upset the top-seeded Predators by a score of 1-0. Lewisville's Kimber Hudson recorded her first no-hitter of the season in the contest.

    "We had good pitching and good defense," Lewisville coach Mary Hall said.

    The Lady Lions scored the game's only run in the fifth. Chasity McCrorey reached base with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an errant throw to first.

  • Lions win one, lose one to open playoffs

    Saturday's contest between Lewisville and Dixie didn't seem much like a baseball game to Lions coach Billy Keels.

    "It reminded me of a slow pitch softball game," Keels said. "Lots of hitting, but not much pitching or defense from either team."

    Dixie, a number one seed, emerged with a 15-14 victory.

    Lewisville started off with a bang, scoring three first inning runs. The Lions put six more runs on the board in the third to take a 9-3 lead.

  • Lady Cycs pound Camden, forfeit Daniel win

    On the field, the Chester softball team has yet to lose a playoff game, but the team is still trying to fight its way back from the losers bracket.

    Not long after a 3-2 win over Daniel Thursday, Lady Cyclones coach Tommy Bailey learned that one of his players had not been at school that day. The player had been suspended. "There was a miscommunication between myself and the school," said Bailey, who does not work at the school.

    Bailey contacted Daniel and forfeited the game.

  • SHOOTINGS UPDATE Gang fight at armory, starts busy night for deputies, city police

    Several people were hospitalized and at least three arrests have been made in several weekend incidents, including three shootings, a fight at the armory and a fight at a club. One incident involved a gang.

    The shootings and a fight at the armory and a later fight at a club kept Chester County deputies and city police officers busy early Sunday morning, on the east side of Chester, mostly outside city limits.

    Deputies also made two drug charges, one involving a juvenile offender, as a result.

  • BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: Chester beats Camden, forfeits Daniel win

    The Chester softball team recorded a 10-0 win Camden in playoff action Saturday afternoon. The game ended in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule.

    The Lady Cyclones had to forfeit Thursday's 3-2 win over Daniel because a player who had been suspended participated in the contest. Coach Tommy Bailey said the incident happened because of miscommunication, and Chester self-reported what had happened to the High School League.

    The forfeit means that pitcher Taylor Roof did not reach the 500 strikeout milestone Thursday, though she did early in Saturday's game.

  • WHAT'D SHE SAY? Clothes: I know what I'm wearing

    Growing up we had three sets of clothes, Sunday clothes, school clothes, and play clothes.

    Sunday clothes were those fancy, best clothes that were only wore to church, a funeral, fancy party or wedding. School clothes were those clothes only wore to school, five days a week. And play clothes were the ones we put on after church and after school, just to play around in and get dirty.

    The dress code in our home was pretty firm. Mama didn't take any crap from my sister or I. You knew if you didn't change your clothes and messed up something good you'd get a whippin'.

  • UPDATE: Candidate who filed dual office complaint jailed on drug charge

    An unsuccessful candidates for Great Falls Town Council who filed an election protest against the top vote-getter was arrested on a drug charge Thursday.

    Randy Beckham, 47, of 48 Circle St., Great Falls, was released Friday from the Chester County jail on a $5,000 bond.

    Deputy Scott Thompson of the county's Drug Enforcement Unit said the DEU got some complaints and set up a sting, in which an undercover operative bought about 19 prescription pain pills from Beckham.

    The pills, Thompson said, were Lortab and Xanax.

  • Darby Road water project moves ahead

    A possible grant to help extend water lines to residents in and on Darby Road east of Chester is moving ahead.

    Chester County Council-woman Mary Guy said the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, which is handling the application for the county, has received income surveys from most of the residents on the road and the application for a Community Development Block Grant can proceed. The surveys were received April 11.

  • Stabbing at bar, 1 charged

    A Chester man was arrested early Saturday morning after a stabbing at a local club.

    At about 1:20 Saturday morning, police responded to The Cattlemen's Club on Saluda Road in reference to a stabbing.

    When officers arrived, they were advised that the subject, Travis Leigh Smith, 27, of Mercengill Drive in Chester, had fled into the woods. Officers went into the woods in an attempt to locate Smith. While they didn't locate Smith they did find a blue-striped shirt with a large blood stain on it.