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  • Gamble, Pelot square off in District 6 school board race

    Retired educator Margaret Gamble wants to continue serving residents in the Kershaw area while Robert Pelot is looking to hold elected office for the first time.

    Gamble and Pelot face off in the Nov. 4 race for the District 6 Lancaster County school board seat.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Margaret Gamble

    Gamble, 63, the incumbent, is seeking a second term because she said she wants to help continue many of the programs the Lancaster County School District has undertaken in recent years.

  • AJ, IL bands vie for state titles

    Two Lancaster County bands will have a chance to call themselves state champion Saturday.

    The Andrew Jackson High School and Indian Land High School marching bands performed well enough in their respective Upper State preliminary competitions last week to advance to the state finals.

    Indian Land High's marching band finished first in the Class A Upper State preliminaries, held Saturday at Clinton High School.

    The top six bands in each class advance to the state finals.

  • Local author to speak on her latest book at library meeting

    Local author Rosemary Whitlock will be guest speaker at the fall meeting of the Friends of the Lancaster County Library at 7 p.m. Monday at the main branch of the county library, 313 S. White St.

    Whitlock is author of "The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: the Drums of Life," published this year by the University of Alabama Press. Of Monacan descent herself, Whitlock has written a folk history by relating personal stories of surviving members of the tribe.

  • Local teachers' group forms to back Mulvaney Senate bid

    INDIAN LAND – A group of local teachers has formed Teachers for Mulvaney, a group that says it's committed to advancing state Rep. Mick Mulvaney's efforts to put more dollars into the classroom and improve academic achievement for South Carolina school children.

    "I have been overwhelmed with the support and am especially proud to have some of them put this group together," Mulvaney said in a release.

  • 'Vulnerable town' label not so bad?

    The designation of Lancaster by forbes.com as the "most vulnerable town" in the country has a certain sting to it.

    But local business owners and officials have found some positive things to say about the article, an online exclusive to forbes.com, which is affiliated with the popular Forbes magazine. The article was published about a week ago, and listed Lancaster County's high unemployment rate of 12.2 percent as a contributing factor to its spot at the top of the list.

  • Video Included Candidates address issues at last forum before election

    Candidates from the five major local elections answered questions at a political forum Tuesday night sponsored by Duke Energy, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News.

  • Breaking News Football games moved to Thursday night

    Lancaster County School District officials have moved all varsity football games scheduled for Friday to Thursday. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

    The move was made with the forecast of heavy rain in the area for Friday night.

    "All the forecasters say that rain will be heavy Friday night," said Lancaster County School District superintendent Gene Moore. "We wanted to avoid asking players and spectators to be out in this kind of weather."

    Games rescheduled are:

    Lancaster at Rock Hill

    Central at Andrew Jackson

    Buford at Indian Land

  • A.R. Rucker testing single-gender option for first time

    You can see a sharp contrast between Shree Crawford and Cassie Thurman's sixth-grade science classes at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    In Crawford's class, the students sit quietly and work on assignments at their desk, while Thurman has her students moving around the room and talking aloud.

    It's the same school. The same grade. The same class and the same curriculum. So you may ask: Why are the classes so different?

    The answer lies in the gender.

  • Boy, 10, fractures leg after being hit by car on S.C. 9

    FORT LAWN – A 10-year-old boy from Fort Lawn darted out in front of a car on S.C. 9 on Monday night and was injured.

    The boy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was treated for a fractured leg, according to Fort Lawn Police Chief Richard Smith.

    The accident happened around 6:15 p.m., Smith said.

    "It was pitch black," he said.

    The boy had been out with friends, crossing S.C. 9 in front of his house. He was headed back home at the time of the accident and just "darted out" suddenly.

  • District 4 school candidates focus on drop-outs, accountability

    The candidates for Lancaster County school board District 4 are interested in reducing the student drop-out rate, closing achievement gaps and making the school board accountable to taxpayers.

    Dr. Peter Barry and the Rev. AnThony Pelham are the candidates in the non-partisan race.

    School board District 4 includes a central part of the county, east of the city of Lancaster to the Chester County line.

    Dr. Peter Barry