Today's News

  • Flying on Cloud 9

    INDIAN LAND – Some people fly first class. Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Tom Ragland flies Cloud 9. Literally. Cloud 9 is the hot air balloon that Ragland has flown all over the world for 20 years.    

    “It’s like standing on your deck watching the world float under you,” he said.

  • AJHS to turn the BIG Four-O

    KERSHAW - Plans are being made for a two-day celebration to commemorate Andrew Jackson High School’s 40th anniversary.

    Dale Reeves, the school’s athletics director, is asking alumni to come back to the school Aug. 28, when the Volunteers play Lancaster High School in their first home football contest of the 2009 season.

    At halftime, all of AJ’s past region and state championship teams (football, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and boys and girls basketball) will be honored.

  • Graduation 2009 - Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – Energy and emotion were high as the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 2009 was presented its diplomas early Friday afternoon in the school gym.

    A total of 140 seniors, donning white caps and gowns and caps, took center stage at the ceremony.

    Salutatorian Michael Shirley offered parting words in his address.

  • Paige Duke vies for Miss Hawaiian Tropic

    Modeling comes naturally to Lancaster’s Paige Duke.  

    A former Lancaster High School homecoming queen and recent graduate of Clemson University, Duke began modeling  about four years ago. She has an agent, Creative Management Group (CMG) in Daytona Beach, Fla. Modeling experiences with NASCAR and NHRA (the National Hot Rod Association) have helped prepare her for the role she has now.  

  • Man faces indecent exposure charge in Great Falls incident

    GREAT FALLS – A Lancaster man is accused of exposing himself to three juveniles in Great Falls.

    According to a Great Falls Police Department report, Michael Wayne Allen, 50, of 1741 Williams Circle, Lancaster, stopped on Oak Street, exited his vehicle, pulled his pants and underwear down and exposed himself to the juveniles, all under the age of 10.

    The report said Allen made sexual gestures at the children, got back in a green Jeep and left the area. The officer searched the area but was unable to locate the man.

  • Commission votes to close fire department

    After a sometimes heated discussion Thursday night, the Lancaster County Fire Commission voted to close the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and the county Fire Service, recommended the closing of the fire department due to economics and Insurance Service Organization (ISO) ratings, which set insurance premiums for residents.

  • Mark your calendar for district's graduation, baccalaureate services

    The schedules have been set for baccalaureate and graduation services for the four high schools in the Lancaster County School District.

    Each of the four high schools will have its graduation June 5.

    Andrew Jackson High School will have its ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium.

    Indian Land High’s graduation is 2:30 p.m. at the football stadium, known as The Reservation.

    Buford High School follows at 6 p.m. in its gymnasium. And Lancaster High School will hold its ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.

  • Tax bill should decrease

    County Council unanimously passed the county’s 2009-10 budget Monday night.

    The budget, which begins July 1, was set at slightly more than $31.3 million. Considered a “continuation budget,” the new budget did not include pay raises, tax hikes, layoffs or additional programs from the current budget, though it did add four new positions.

    The budget passed 6-0. Council Vice-chairman Rudy Carter was absent.

  • Filling the treasure chest

    Students with the SWEET PEAS mentoring program recently undertook an initiative that aimed to bring joy to local hospitalized children.

    SWEET PEAS, which consists of area seventh-grade girls, applied for and received a grant from Young People in Charge to buy toys for children admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Young People in Charge and SWEET PEAS are both part of the Children’s Council, a non-profit organization that provides various programs and services for Lancaster County youth.

    About 20 girls participate in SWEET PEAS.

  • Graduation 2009 - Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – A flurry of royal blue caps shot into the air at the close of Indian Land High School’s graduation.

    The celebration came only moments after the last of the 120 students in the Class of 2009 received their diplomas Friday afternoon.

    Salutatorian Kelsey Tardy and valedictorian Brooke Adams congratulated the graduates on all their hard work. Adams said now it was up to the graduates to apply what they learned in high school as they make their way in the real world.