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  • Newspaper wins 12 awards in contest

    The Lancaster News' staffers came home with 12 awards in the S.C. Press Association's annual contest.

    Newsroom employees received their awards during a luncheon in Spartanburg on Friday. The entries were judged by newspaper employees in West Virginia.

  • Cost of beer leads to fight at local bar

    A Lancaster man went to jail Wednesday after an aggravated assault stemming from an argument over the cost of beer at a bar.

    William Kevin Todd, 40, of 1684 Lynwood Drive, was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to kill.

  • In Lancaster County politics, men have always dominated, but women have made gains in recent years

    If elected president, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York will be the first woman chosen for the country's top office.

    Nancy Pelosi is the first female speaker of the U.S. House.

    If elected state senator, Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers-Norrell will make history of her own. A woman has never been elected to represent Lancaster County in the state Senate or House in Columbia. There have been few women candidates to even make a run for the state offices.

  • Middle school students see how adults earn a living

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School students had a chance to practice being taxpayers Feb. 26. Some of them did not have to go very far.

    Brittany Perez shadowed her mom, seventh-grade ILMS math and science teacher Lisa Bachini.

    Bachini said her daughter thought it was a little boring. Perez has no clue what she wants to be when she grows up, but says it probably won't be a teacher.

    Four students went to Indian Land Elementary School to shadow faculty and staff.

  • Filing for local, state offices begins next week

    If you're interested in filing for local or state offices, your chance is coming up.

    Filing for state and local Democratic and Republican offices begins at noon March 16 and closes at noon March 30. Both days are Sundays.

    Democrats will file at 206 S. Main St., the law offices of Norrell and Powers-Norrell.

    Republicans will file at 874 S. Lake Drive, the office of Storage to Go.

    County offices up for election and their filing fees are:

    - Clerk of court: $2,701.24

    - Sheriff: $3,137.40

    - Coroner: $2,093.12

    - Auditor: $2,456.56

  • Local singer/songwriter on his way

    INDIAN LAND - Singer, songwriter and recording artist Derek McFarland, who recently released his second contemporary country CD, "I'll Show You Where," performed for neighbors and friends in his BridgeMill community recently, and is ready to share his talents with South Carolina and the rest of the country.

  • Woman fights off assailants

    A woman said she fought back against two men who invaded her Old Blackmon Lane home about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    The woman, who was home alone, is friends with one of the men and knows of the other man.

    They were at the house then left for about 15 minutes before returning.

    When they returned, one asked to use her phone. While he was on the phone, the other man entered the house with a shotgun.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, both men yelled at the woman, asking her, "What you got?"

  • Storm causes some damage

    It has been reported that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County during Tuesday's severe storms.

    The National Weather Service reported that a weak tornado briefly touched down in the county four miles east-northeast of Great Falls in Lancaster County. The tornado, which was on the ground for about a mile and was about 40 yards wide, downed some trees, according to the storm report.

    Lancaster County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

  • Letters mailed to residents of mussel overlay district

    INDIAN LAND - If you live in the Six Mile Creek basin, you'll probably get a letter from Lancaster County concerning the Carolina heelsplitter this week.

    The Lancaster County Planning Department is sending out about 3,000 letters to residents and property owners in the Six Mile Creek basin, which is east of U.S. 521 in the Panhandle. County Council is working on measures to protect the heelsplitter, an endangered mussel, which lives in Six Mile Creek in Indian Land.

  • Local sailor completes icy mission

    ANTARCTICA - The temperature hovers around zero degrees all day. You're surrounded by ice, and depending on how strong the wind is, the temperature can drop to nearly 50 degrees below zero.

    Quincy Champion says that Antarctica is so cold, you have to wear special clothing to prevent freezing to death.

    Despite the conditions, he's glad to have gone there three times.

    "It's a beautiful place," he said.