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  • School board names 3 superintendent finalists

    The Lancaster County school board has identified three finalists for the next superintendent – Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Dr. Carlotta Redish and Dr. Matrell Sturkey.

    The three finalists all work in S.C. school districts – Phipps in Abbeville, Redish in Spartanburg and Sturkey in Florence. One has worked in Lancaster County before. Phipps, the only finalist who is currently a superintendent, was here for 19 years before leaving in 2014.

  • Weather service issues storm warning, tornado watch for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County until 5:15 p.m., as well as a tornado watch for the surrounding areas until 9 p.m. today.

    At 4:10 p.m., Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms extending from Southpark Mall in Charlotte to 13 miles west of Winnsboro, moving northeast at 60 mph. The National Weather Service said those along the warning area could expect wind gusts up to 60 mph and penny-size hail.

    A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.

  • Schools, county cancel activities as storm approaches

    Due to expected severe weather later today, Lancaster County has canceled all recreational programs, and the school district has canceled all after-school activities this afternoon and tonight.
    The Columbia office of the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Lancaster County just before 4 p.m. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. The weather service issued alerts during a conference call with the county this morning. Two rounds of storms were expected to pass through the area beginning around 1 p.m.

  • Backhoe collision temporarily closes S.C. 903
  • So long, red lights: Controller will help cars avoid stopping

    Clinton Colmenares
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – In the not-too-distant future, when all the cars on the roads drive themselves, traffic and traffic lights won’t be necessary. Americans, who currently spend 7 billion hours and 3 billion gallons of extra fuel a year sitting in traffic, will have to find new excuses for being late.

  • New IL American Legion Post commends Officers of the Year

    Indian Land American Legion Post 250 honored three Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies with Officer of the Year awards during last Monday’s county council meeting.
    The commendations for outstanding community service, awarded annually by American Legions nationwide for a range of community involvement, are the first given by the new Indian Land post, established in July 2016.
    The honorees are:
    Outstanding Officer of the Year – Sgt. T.J. Murphy

  • It's Zero Hour

    As March moved to its final few hours, the Madness was in high gear among Gamecock fans on their way to Phoenix for the Final Four.
    Lancaster’s Matthew Pitts was driving across Texas by himself Friday afternoon. He left  Thursday morning and drove more than 1,000 miles that day, covering six states.
    “I know people think this is crazy what I’m doing, driving out here by myself,” Pitts said. “But they will also think I’m crazy because I really feel we’re going to win the national championship….

  • Paul Slazas, come on down!

    In his red shirt that said “Flew all night for The Price Is Right,” Paul Slazas was called to come on down March 6 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
    The audience’s screams were deafening, and everyone was giving Slazas high-fives. The Indian Land 71-year-old jumped over a couple of chairs when his name was called.
    The studio was so loud he actually couldn’t hear his name called, but he saw it flashing on a screen.
    “Oh my god, what a show!” Slazas said Friday. “It was so surreal…. It was bizarre!”

  • Low-cost rabies shots at 9 upcoming clinics

    COLUMBIA – Participating veterinarians across the Palmetto State are joining forces with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control this spring to help owners protect themselves, their families, communities and pets against rabies.
    “Rabies vaccination fees may vary by clinic site, but no vet participating in these clinics will charge more than $10 per pet,” said Dr. Sandra Craig, director of DHEC’s Division of Food Protection and Rabies Prevention.

  • Dr. Jairy Hunter will step down as Charleston Southern president

    Charleston Southern University

    CHARLESTON – Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. will step down as president of Charleston Southern University in May 2018 to assume a new role as president emeritus.
    A Lancaster native, Hunter has been with CSU for 34 years.
    “I am gratified that during my tenure thousands of students have received an excellent education in a Christian environment,” Hunter said.