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Today's News

  • Weekend Recap: August 7, 2017

    A small group of eight people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings. Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly about making a positive impact on young people. Gonzalez said he plans to be at the courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday for another round of prayer. He invites anyone interested to attend.

  • Column: Ratcheting up legal sanctions on gun violence

    I know my community expects harsher sentences in gun cases. Sometimes we expect more than the law allows.

    Clint Eastwood said, “A man has got to know his limitations.” I know the limitations of the current gun laws in South Carolina, and unfortunately they are not in our favor.

  • Column: A big nuke-plant mess to unbuild

    The announcement last week that SCE&G and state-owned utility Santee Cooper were pulling the plug on construction of two nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville has left questions that keep multiplying.

    In the run-up to the decision, one factor driving it was that the partly-completed, multibillion-dollar project would provide more power than electricity consumers in South Carolina were likely to want.

    Canceling the project, though, could lead to a shortfall.

  • On your mark, get set... Kindergarten!

    Dozens of rising kindergartners, teachers and parents lined up in front of bowling lanes and awaited cupcakes on Thursday to celebrate another successful year of Countdown to Kindergarten at the Lancaster Bowling Center.

    For the last 13 years, Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten program has allowed kindergarten teachers to visit students at their homes for lessons during the summer, creating connections with families before school starts.

  • Sowell wins Kershaw Open

    College of Charleston sophomore golfer Logan Sowell, the former Andrew Jackson High School links star, captured the title in the first Kershaw Open at the Kershaw Golf Club on July 30.

    Sowell, in the two-day field, posted a blistering 138, six-under par.

    Sowell topped the 37-player field with a 69-69.

    Sowell, with the win, was declared the Kershaw Golf Club champion.

    Sowell edged Brady Hinkle, who has committed to play at the College of Charleston where he and Sowell will be teammates.

  • League’s latest realignment to impact county schools

    The proposed S.C. High School League realignment, which will begin with the 2018-19 school term, will have an impact on the four Lancaster County high schools.

    The League’s latest biannual realignment, based on school enrollment, was released Wednesday.

    The SC High School League serves as the governing body of state interscholastic competition.

  • Mangano LJGA player of the year

    Nick Mangano won the boys 15-18 age division, shooting a three-under 141 to capture  the Roy Small Junior Championship at the Lancaster Golf Club on Tuesday.

    Mangano, a Lancaster High School golfer, shot a 70-71 for a four-shot win in the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association tournament.

    Mangano’s effort included an eagle, eight birdies and 20 pars over two days.

    His clutch win gave him the Lancaster chapter’s player of the year award for the 2017 season.

  • Column: Will mammals soon choose to be reptiles?

    Suppose you do not believe in God, or in any god at all.
    Maybe you believe the universe and everything in it, including yourself, resulted from pure chance or maybe a serious accident of nature. Maybe you believe that everything is utterly devoid of meaning. It is all your choice.

  • Column: GOP says Probate backlog alarming

    Three years ago, Lancaster County Republicans, seeking to improve the level of service in county government, fielded a candidate for probate judge.
    Jerry Holt lost in a close race to a two-decade Democratic incumbent. Holt challenged the status quo in the probate court, calling for reforms in the office to improve service, make the office more customer-friendly and prepare for the county’s continued growth.
    According to recent court statistics, these reforms are needed now more than ever.

  • A stench, a scalpel, an eyeball

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    That sea-animal stench smacks me in the face when I walk through the door at Buford Elementary.
    I know what I’m getting into when I decide to film it.
    The smell gets stronger the closer I get to the classroom – the classroom with the dead, 2-foot-long dogfish sharks on the table.