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Today's News

  • The wide-eyed joy of a teen princess

    A hush fell over the Fort Lawn Community Center this past Saturday as a princess entered the gala hall with her parents.
    “Isn’t She Lovely” began playing, and all eyes were on the featured guest, Teressa Amanda Mackey, whose studded crown was out-sparkled only by her eyes as she took in the adoring crowd amidst the pink and white decorations.

  • Deputy keeps woman alive using CPR – 'That's my job'

    A  Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy likely saved a woman’s life with CPR on Aug. 4 while responding to a call about a possible heroin overdose.
    Deputy Tammy Wolf arrived before EMS at the residence on Lancaster’s 13th Street and found the woman lying on the bathroom floor. She was not breathing, had no pulse, and her lips had turned blue, according to Wolf’s report.

  • Kershaw council axes Matson Street oaks

    The fate of the giant oaks at the intersection of East Matson and North Marion streets in Kershaw was sealed Monday after town council finally accepted an S.C. Department of Transportation safety recommendation to remove them.
    Monday night’s council action followed an update by interim Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, who’d been directed last month to approach the department to appeal a 2014 decision not to install a stoplight at the dangerous intersection.

  • Lancaster woman cited after dogs attack horse

    A Lancaster woman was cited for violations of the county animal control ordinance after a neighbor reported that two of her dogs attacked his horse, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    Kristina Brook Bradley, 23, of 1914 Zion Road was charged with two animal restraint violations following the Aug. 10 incident involving what the report said were two of her three “pit bull-type” dogs.

  • Long days, huge challenges for Gilbert

    Jamie Gilbert knew building Lancaster County’s new economic development department would be a big challenge, but the news he got on his eighth day at work was a punch in the gut.
    Duracell, the county’s seventh-largest employer, announced it would phase out production at its Lancaster manufacturing plant starting next spring, and that all 400-plus jobs would be gone within two years.
    “It’s sure not the kind of news you want to get just starting out,” Gilbert said last week.

  • Kershaw hopes facelift restores course’s profits

    KERSHAW – It’s no secret at Kershaw Town Hall that the town-owned golf course has been bleeding money for about 10 years. In fiscal 2014-15, the course lost $46,000. Last year, the amount tripled to almost $151,000.
    Now town officials are taking a common-sense approach to get the course back on par. They are being proactive in an effort to get back into the black by making it greener and more golfer-friendly.
    Since June, the town has spent an estimated $15,000 to get the 6,031-yard course back into playing shape.

  • Sneak peek at school

    Incoming freshman and sixth-grade orientations were held countywide Friday to give students a chance to walk through their schedules, learn to open their lockers and even how to show their spirit at pep rallies.
    Sixth grade
    At South Middle School, nearly 200 students wore their new red, white and navy school uniforms and learned their way around the spread-out buildings.
    South Middle Principal Joyce Crimminger’s goal for orientation was to see a smile on all the students’ faces at the end of the day.

  • 2 AJHS students disciplined after incident at camp

    Two Andrew Jackson High School students were disciplined after they acknowledged making a noose out of shoelaces and placing it in a tree at band camp Aug. 5, according to school officials.
    The school was not aware of the incident until Monday, when a band member and her parents came in to complain, said Bryan Vaughn, safety director for Lancaster County School District.

  • Eight file for school board, city council

    Eight candidates, including two challengers, filed for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council before filing closed Friday at noon.
    Three seats are open on both the school board and city council, with one contested race in each.
    School board
    Lorenzo Small will challenge incumbent Tyrom Faulkner for the District 2 seat.
    Small, who is running for the first time, said he looks forward to having an opportunity to provide new insight to the school board.

  • Remember When: Getting stuff done early on a steamy summer day

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away in July, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them from time to time until we run out, in his honor.

    Didn’t seem like the sun was up yet and Mama was shaking the cover and rousting me out of bed. It was a Tuesday, and either Aunt Bess or Mama had one of those afternoon ladies’ meetings.