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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When a Lynchburg resident tells someone where they’re from, it can raise some eyebrows, and the resident may then say something like, “That’s not what it’s named after.”The mental connection between Lynchburg and lynching is nothing new. It inspired movements as recently as last year to change the name.“John Lynch was a man who in the 1750s, he started a ferry service across what was then the Fluvana River and is now James River,” said Dr. Lindsay Wood Mich...
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When a Lynchburg resident tells someone where they’re from, it can raise some eyebrows, and the resident may then say something like, “That’s not what it’s named after.”
The mental connection between Lynchburg and lynching is nothing new. It inspired movements as recently as last year to change the name.
“John Lynch was a man who in the 1750s, he started a ferry service across what was then the Fluvana River and is now James River,” said Dr. Lindsay Wood Michie, Co-Chair of the Africana Studies department at the University of Lynchburg.
A bridge now bears his name over the James River, a nod to the service that inspired the original name, Lynch’s Ferry.
“Lynch’s Ferry then became Lynchburg,” said Michie, “and so that’s the origin of the actual name of Lynchburg.”
She says Lynch was a Quaker who freed his slaves before his death. He had a brother, Charles — a judge who set up a court to punish British loyalists during the Revolutionary War.
“They didn’t get due process, and that’s sort of the origins of the idea of lynch laws, of someone being punished without due process.”
According to Michie, lynching eventually took on the meaning we know today: the extrajudicial targeting and killing of Black people.
“It gets changed to this more especially tragic meaning of targeting Black people and killing them without due process, and of course accusing them often of things they hadn’t done.”
So while the City of Lynchburg and lynching aren’t named after each other, the two share origins from the same family.
Michie thinks it’s worth it to revisit the word and consider a change.
“Words change over time. Symbols change over time historically, and I think we have to be very aware of that.”
James Madison University documented and mapped out known cases of lynchings in Virginia from the Civil War to the early 1930s.
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ORANGEBURG, SC-South Carolina State will play an 11-game football schedule during the 2023 campaign, the University announced Friday (Jan. 27th). The slate includes six road games and five home contests at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field.Five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchups are on the schedule, in which SC State renews its rivalry with The Citadel and will meet three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents – Charlotte and Georgia Tech on the road and Tennessee Tech at home. Both Charlotte and Tennessee ...
ORANGEBURG, SC-South Carolina State will play an 11-game football schedule during the 2023 campaign, the University announced Friday (Jan. 27th). The slate includes six road games and five home contests at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field.
Five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchups are on the schedule, in which SC State renews its rivalry with The Citadel and will meet three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents – Charlotte and Georgia Tech on the road and Tennessee Tech at home. Both Charlotte and Tennessee Tech are first-time opponents for SC State.
SC State opens the 2023 campaign against Jackson State (Aug. 26) in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at Atlanta, GA. The Bulldogs will then hit the road for contests at Charlotte (Sept. 2) and Georgia Tech (Sept. 9).
Following the first (Sept. 16) of two bye weeks during the campaign, the Bulldogs will host Southern Conference foe The Citadel (Sept. 23) in their home opener. It will mark the first time in three seasons that SC State would have played a home game in September.
After a second open date (Sept. 30), SC State will host Virginia Lynchburg (Oct. 07) for a second consecutive season.
Other home contests are Tennessee Tech (Oct. 14), Howard (Nov. 4, Homecoming) and Morgan State (Nov. 11). Additional road games include Delaware State (Oct. 21), North Carolina Central (Oct. 28) and Norfolk State (Nov. 18).
The Bulldogs will close out the 2023 schedule with five straight MEAC games, beginning with Delaware State and ending with Norfolk State.
Online season ticket sales will launch Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Additional information will be forthcoming.
The entire 2023 slate is listed below (Times will be announced later)
2023 SC State Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Aug. 26 vs Jackson State Atlanta, GA TBD
Sept. 02 @Charlotte Charlotte, NC TBD
09 @Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA TBD
23 The Citadel Orangeburg, SC TBD
(SCSU Faculty& Staff/Educators/Agriculture & Land Grant/Garnet Day)
Oct. 07 Virginia Lynchburg Orangeburg, SC TBD
(Youth/ROTC/Business & Industry Day)
14 Tennessee Tech Orangeburg, SC TBD
(Family/Community/Breast Cancer Awareness Day)
21 @Delaware State* Dover, DE TBD
28 @North Carolina Central* Durham, NC TBD
Nov. 04 Howard* Orangeburg, SC TBD
11 Morgan State* Orangeburg, SC TBD
(Senior/Greek/Military Appreciation Day)
18 @Norfolk State Norfolk, VA TBD
Home Games in Bold *MEAC Contest
(Location and times subject to change)
Copyright 2023 WCSC. All rights reserved.
Virginia-Lynchburg is the guest for three homecoming games this season, and the second of its three trips involves SC State, which is trying to erase the pain of a tough loss last week and be as inhospitable as possible.“This is kind of a preseason game going into the conference. And we need to make sure that we find some sort of semblance of an attack that we can depend on, that we can consistently go out and...
Virginia-Lynchburg is the guest for three homecoming games this season, and the second of its three trips involves SC State, which is trying to erase the pain of a tough loss last week and be as inhospitable as possible.
“This is kind of a preseason game going into the conference. And we need to make sure that we find some sort of semblance of an attack that we can depend on, that we can consistently go out and kind of use as a foundation for the rest of the year that way,” SC State Coach Buddy Pough says. “So you know, Virginia-Lynchburg is exactly what we need at this point.
“Now, whether or not they can be more of a tussle than … we probably need at this point, that’s a possibility,” he says.
The winless Dragons (0-6) have had their share of blowouts so far this season, but they have competed for at least 30 minutes in some of those losses. VUL stymied Delaware State in the second half in a 35-14 loss. They actually led 6-0 and trailed 14-9 at the end of the first quarter before the Hornets scored twice in the second quarter to put it away. In the previous week, they scored first against Presbyterian before falling 21-13.
Blowout losses to Morgan State and NC Central preceded last week’s game against Savannah State, in which VUL was tied 7-7 at halftime but gave up a pair of third-quarter scores and lost 28-14. Now comes the Bulldogs, and Coach Tim Newman is welcoming the opportunity to pay homage to what he considers the heart of HBCU football.
“We’re just fortunate to go in there and play. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Newman says. “You know, we’re going to get better from the game.
“South Carolina State is the mecca, the defending national champions of Black college football. To get a chance to go in and play somebody like that, it’s a dream come true for us.”
Being the homecoming opponent, which normally translates into the team your host expects to beat, doesn’t bother Newman at all. His team was the homecoming opponent for Savannah State and will be the same for Southern.
“In order to build our program and get like a program like South Carolina State, we’ve got to go through things like this,” he says.
VUL will have to get through Saturday, and the rest of the season, without starting quarterback C.J. Brooks, who was lost to a torn ACL in the NC Central game. Replacing him is true freshman Fanelle Andrew, who threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the Savannah State loss.
Pough doesn’t hide the notion that he expects his team to take the fire out of the Dragons, but he’s a little realistic about the possibility of what would be considered an upset.
“I’ve told you guys that we can win the rest off our games, we can win out,” Pough said during the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coaches call this week. “But, now, we can lose out to all of the teams that we’ll play. Even Lynchburg was up on Savannah State this past weekend, and (they’ve) shown signs of becoming a much better football program. Everybody that comes on here each week to talk about playing them talk about how much improved they are.”
The game also serves as a prelude to the Bulldogs entering MEAC play where there’s still hope to pull off a conference title and play for a Celebration Bowl trophy for the second straight year. SC State was 1-4 last year before making its championship run.
“You got to take advantage of those deals to give yourself a chance to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he says. “Inside there, you got to make sure that you make them aware that you know we’ve been this way before. So, hopefully it’ll come back to fruition a little bit, but I’m concerned we’re not playing quite as good as I think we ought to be able to play at this point.”
South Carolina State snapped a three-game losing streak with a 36-0 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg Saturday in Orangeburg.The homecoming crowd was treated to a dominant display by the SC State defense as they held the Dragons to 22 yards of total offense and four first downs."Everybody played their part today," SC State defensive lineman Jeblonski Green Jr. said. "Our objective was to dominate, and I think we did that on all three levels."Green finished with four tackles, a sack and three t...
South Carolina State snapped a three-game losing streak with a 36-0 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg Saturday in Orangeburg.
The homecoming crowd was treated to a dominant display by the SC State defense as they held the Dragons to 22 yards of total offense and four first downs.
"Everybody played their part today," SC State defensive lineman Jeblonski Green Jr. said. "Our objective was to dominate, and I think we did that on all three levels."
Green finished with four tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss. Aaron Smith led the Bulldogs with six tackles and a sack.
"The gratifying part (of today) was getting the shutout," SC State head football coach Buddy Pough said. "Our defense played pretty well, and gave us some confidence that we can go out and play dominating defense."
VUL starting quarterback Fanelle Andrus was sacked five times in the first half, and eventually left the game after an injury. The Bulldogs finished the game with seven sacks.
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Offensively, SC State was able to score touchdowns on their first three possessions, opening up a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
"You saw some good and some bad (on offense)," Pough said. "We're still struggling to run the football; we have to learn to get better fast. I don't think our defense can hold up having to throw so many times a game."
Quarterback Corey Fields Jr. completed 17-of-36 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Fields said the offense had some momentum after scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns last week against Florida A&M.
"We were able to build on some things we did last week," Fields Jr. said. "It helped to go out and get a touchdown on that first drive."
Fields Jr. found Rakim White on a 27-yard pass to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead. On their next possession Fields Jr. found White again on a short hitch route. White was able to break three tackles and go 40 yards to the end zone.
"We wanted to get off to a good start," White said. "After that first touchdown, we wanted to keep our foot on the gas and not let up."
White finished with four catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Shaquan Davis caught a 22-yard touchdown pass with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter. Gavyn Zimmerman converted two field goals before Tyrece Nick connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Hezekiah Massey early in the fourth quarter.
SC State finished with 173 yards rushing led by Kendrell Flowers who rushed for 72 yards. The Bulldogs averaged 4.1 yards per carry, but still lacked that explosive play that Pough has been hoping to see.
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South Carolina State (2-4) will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play next week at home against North Carolina Central. The Eagles are currently 5-1 after routing Morgan State 59-20 Thursday night.
"Right now, I don't know if we're good enough to play with (North Carolina) Central," Pough said. "I'm still concerned that we're trying to figure out where to go (on offense)."
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — At their March 14 meeting, members of Lee County Council gave second reading of an ordinance to allow for the purchase of property where a volunteer fire station will be constructed.“This is a capital penny sales tax project off our 2018 referendum,” county administrator Alan Watkins explained during a public hearing on the project held before the start of council’s regular meeting. “We’ve gone through a process determining the best locations to put fire stations to impact the mo...
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — At their March 14 meeting, members of Lee County Council gave second reading of an ordinance to allow for the purchase of property where a volunteer fire station will be constructed.
“This is a capital penny sales tax project off our 2018 referendum,” county administrator Alan Watkins explained during a public hearing on the project held before the start of council’s regular meeting. “We’ve gone through a process determining the best locations to put fire stations to impact the most properties that are currently outside the five-mile limit for insurance purposes and ISO ratings.”
He said fire stations have already been constructed in the Spring Hill and Lucknow communities. “The third area is this one, District 6, near Raccoon Road and Highway 401,” Watkins said. “We’ve worked out an agreement with Unionville AME Church on Swimming Pen Road to purchase one acre of land for $5,000. We’ll make the improvements to the property and build a volunteer fire station there to impact the most people in that area.”
Lee County Fire Chief Brandon Holloman told council the project was identified in 2011 through a fire station analysis “that showed there are approximately 72-100 properties in that area of the county with improvements or buildings on them not currently within five miles of a fire station and that could affect their property insurance.”
County Council Chairman Travis Windham said having volunteer fire stations located strategically around the county “is a big, big deal. It’s saving people thousands of dollars a year as far as insurance.”
In other business, council:
• heard from Kayla Edwards with the Lee County Library, who shared information about electronic resources offered to the community through the library. Edwards told council the library’s resources are “awesome but it doesn’t matter how awesome they are if nobody knows about them. We recently did a complete overhaul of the library’s website to make it more user-friendly.”
Patrons can order and renew books, browse the library’s inventory, and request books that the library may not have on the website.
“Another feature that has already gotten a lot of traffic is ‘Get a library card’ form,” Edwards said. “You can fill out the information online and just show up at the library to pick your library card up.” In addition, the library has eBooks and audio books that can be downloaded for free. “We also have Bilblio+,” she said. “This is new and very popular. It’s a free streaming service for movies, documentaries and TV series for your phone, computer or other device;”
• recognized the Lee Academy varsity cheerleaders, the SCISA 1A Game Day Experience state champions for 2022;
• appointed Kimberly Mack to the Lee County Planning Commission for District 3 and Meoceania Lewis-Wells to the Library Board for District 3;
• received committee and the administrator’s reports. Councilman Gordon Eckley, chairman of council’s Buildings, Lands and Property committee, said work is continuing on the sidewalks going out to I-20 on Highway 15. “Initially, we were going to have a sidewalk on only one side,” Eckley said. “But the bids came in below so we were able to do a sidewalk on both sides of the highway. All the conduit has been installed for the lighting so once the sidewalks are finished, they will start installing the lights going out to the interstate.” He noted that, in order for the county to get TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program) funding for lighting on that stretch of highway, the sidewalk had to be constructed. “You couldn’t do one without the other,” he explained.
Watkins said the TAP grant is for pedestrian enhancement. “You can’t use this money for paving or repairing roads,” he said. “It has to be for enhancements for pedestrians, so you can do sidewalks, lighting, bike trails, things of that nature. We felt like at that interstate exchange, which is the biggest retail sales driver of this community, anything we can do to enhance people getting off there and spending money there is good—because you have hospitality tax, accommodations tax, capital penny sales tax all collected at the point of sale at the fast food and hotel out there. That’s a lot of money that comes into the county and being able to take state and federal dollars and enhance that—no local money is involved in this project.”
Eckley also said the city county complex on Main Street, which has been undergoing renovations, is almost complete. “We’re excited about that,” he said. “It looks very nice.”
In his county administrator’s report, Watkins said a project the county approved “about a year and a half ago now” is about to move forward. He said Hog Slat, Inc. is the largest construction contractor and manufacturer of hog production equipment in the United States and is opening a location to Lee County.
“We agreed to sell them a lot to construct a new retail business in Lee County,” Watkins said. “It’s taken them a while to get all of their due diligence completed on this project but I was updated by the realtor who is working with them that they are prepared now to close on that property and to move forward with construction…They’re going to be relocating their Hartsville location to Bishopville.”
Watkins said the company does “about $2.5 million a year in business so that will bring in some tax revenue to the community and I think they’re talking four or five jobs as well.”