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Today's News

  • Carter says staff backs Grant for chief’s job

    Capt. Scott Grant wasn’t surprised to be named interim police chief at Tuesday night’s Lancaster City Council meeting.
    But he was shocked when retiring Chief Harlean Carter told council members that Grant had not only her endorsement for the top job, but that of the police department’s rank and file as well.
    “That really hit home and made me stop and think,” said Grant, 51. “I didn’t know any of that was going to happen and didn’t expect it. To have that level of support is just overwhelming.”

  • Businesslike at Buford

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The Dec. 2 sit-down with Cali Bell looked like any other business lunch on Maj. Matt Shaw’s calendar.
    Shaw, second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, meets with a lot of people – vendors, elected officials, regular citizens. They usually have an idea for making law enforcement work better.
    That was certainly true of Cali, a second grader at Buford Elementary School.

  • Trump picks Mulvaney for OMB director, reports say

    Multiple news outlets reported late Friday that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Rep. Mick Mulvaney to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.
    Mulvaney, the 5th District Republican from Indian Land,  met with Trump in New York on Dec. 5 but would not say what they discussed.
    McClatchy Newspapers was the first outlet to break the news of Mulvaney’s selection, citing a senior transition official with knowledge of the appointment but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

  • Mavs notch two victories over Warriors

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land returned home, but didn’t return to the win column Tuesday night.
    Marvin Ridge foiled the IL hoops hopes, taking two wins at the Warriors’ gym.
    The Lady Warriors dropped a 46-43 loss in overtime and the IL boys fell to the Mavericks, 58-51.
    In the opener, the Lady Mavs outscored the IL girls, 10-7 in the overtime to take the three-point win.
    Marvin Ridge opened an 11-10 lead after one period, but Indian Land rallied for a 16-15 edge at the break.

  • LC Stallions take two from Jackets

    BISHOPVILLE – Buford High opened Region IV-AA basketball play, dropping a pair of losses at Lee Central High School of Bishopville on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Stallions, 59-36, and the Buford boys suffered an 80-60 loss.
    In the nightcap, Lee Central took an early lead and steadily extended its edge for the 20-point win. Lee Central, on top 17-13 after the opening period, used a 23-11 second quarter run to gain a 40-24 lead at the break.

  • Jackets swarm Bruins in mat rout

    Buford, as it did in its first match with Lancaster, didn’t need a late pin to post a win over the host Bruins.
    The Jackets bolted to a 51-6 lead on the way to a 57-18 win over rival Lancaster in the LHS gym on Tuesday night to sweep the season mat series at 2-0.
    “We’re making strides, getting better, but we’re still young,” BHS coach Garrett Plyler said. “Overall, we wrestled well. We’ve made progress since our last match.”

  • Bruins fall to Falcons, Bearcats

    The Lancaster Bruins had a quick turnaround on the hardwood, but couldn’t reverse the results.
    A night after dropping two at Rock Hill, the Bruins fell twice at home to Nation Ford of Fort Mill in the final home games of the 2016 portion of the LHS hoops schedule.
    The Lady Bruins, who dipped to 2-5, lost to the Lady Falcons, 46-27 and the NFHS boys held on for a 56-47 win.
    The boys game was tied at the break, 19-all, but the Falcons rallied in the third period to take a 39-31 lead.

  • Column: Luke’s gospel records 2 songs of Christmas

    Luke's account of Jesus' birth records two songs spoken by two different women at their meeting in the hill country of Judea.

    The first song was spoken by Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited Zacharias and Elizabeth at their home, John leaped for joy in his mother's womb at Mary's words of greeting.

  • Column: Did anybody even read the constitutional amendment?

    The constitutional conundrum that South Carolina will face if Nikki Haley is confirmed as United Nations ambassador is evidence of at least one thing: Our legislators take a casual approach to the rule of law.
    How did we get to this point? The  amendment to the state constitution that voters approved in 2012 specified that it would take effect in 2018. But when the bill to ratify the amendment was filed in the Senate in 2013, it left out a key portion – which changed the effective date. Here is what happened:

  • Column: Van Wyck needs to firm up incorporation budget details

    The Van Wyck incorporation proposal has been set for a hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporations on Jan. 12.