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  • SINDARIUS SHINES

    After a landmark comeback win over the Duke Blue Devils, the Gamecocks’ bandwagon is barreling toward Madison Square Garden this weekend for the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
    Led by Lancaster’s Sindarius Thornwell, the University of South Carolina men’s team is getting its first taste of March Madness in 13 years, and they’re into the Sweet 16 after beating Marquette and Duke last weekend in Greenville.

  • Community Playhouse announces upcoming season

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County held its annual season reveal party for 2017-18 Saturday at the Springs House in Lancaster.
    The CPLC is the oldest constant arts organization in Lancaster and has held over 130 shows since it was founded in 1972. According to its Facebook page, the CPLC “strives to nurture an appreciation for the arts and our world through diverse theatre arts programming.”

  • Captivating kids for 40 years

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    You could have heard a pin drop in the library Monday morning as pre-K students from Nation Ford High School’s Early Childhood Education Lab sat wide-eyed, listening to Brenda Parker’s rhymes and stories.
    Parker celebrated 40 years as a children’s librarian this week. She used all of that experience to her advantage as she captured the attention of every 4-year-old in the room. Each child answered her questions with a smile and a laugh.

  • At 99, Clemson’s Skardon to walk in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Ken Scar
    Clemson University

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The start of the annual Bataan Memorial Death March is a raucous affair.
    The boom of cannon fire sends 7,000 athletes surging across the starting line into the New Mexican desert under a vibrant orange and violet sunrise. They whoop and cheer as they embark on one of America's most grueling sporting events.

  • Local cultural groups fear Trump budget cuts

    Leaders of arts and cultural groups in Lancaster County expect to be scrambling for new revenue sources if President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal programs take effect.
    The president’s 2018 budget plan would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – programs that have built and funded arts programs in Lancaster County for many years.

  • Lancaster man gets 20 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison Friday for molesting a 5-year-old child in 2010.
    Albert Lee Witherspoon, 26, was to have stood trial last Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.
    Witherspoon, whose case was prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, was taken from court Monday and held at the Lancaster County Detention Center until Friday’s sentencing.

  • Helping towns rediscover their spark

    More than 150 local leaders gathered Wednesday at USC Lancaster to explore a new idea for bringing pride and growth back to the towns in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation announced a partnership with the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation, which has created  Community Heart & Soul, a field-tested process for helping small, rural towns rediscover their spark.
    “I see heart and soul at every table,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the Sims Foundation, as she scanned the audience of movers and shakers.

  • 38 years of firefighting for ‘backbone of Elgin’

    At 67, Randy White has been jumping into his turnout gear in the middle of the night for almost four decades. Last year, he was at 78 percent of the fires the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department responded to.

    So it’s no surprise that White has been selected by his peers as Lancaster County’s first Firefighter of the Year.
    White appreciates the honor, but he’s not really fond of being singled out for attention. He would rather be a part of the Elgin crowd than stand out from it.

  • Big Thursday brings in $40K for scholarships

    The Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster Inc. said Wednesday it raised $40,000 in this year’s scholarship drive, bringing the total amount raised in 17 years to $544,600.
    The money goes to Lancaster County students who attend Clemson University or USC Lancaster. The scholarships are split between the universities, with $20,000 going to each school this year.

  • Jackie’s Place gets park next door

    Most days more than 100 kids stop by Jackie’s Place, a tiny storefront on Brooklyn Avenue where they can get a snack and hang out safely before or after school.
    In the space next door, where a collapsed building was cleared away last year, those kids will now have a park to play in, thanks to the leaders of Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood, the Clinton Elementary attendance zone revitalization project.
    Plans have been drawn to build a community park in the empty space between Jackie’s Place and the remaining strip building at 82 Brooklyn Ave.