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Today's News

  • 38 years of firefighting for ‘backbone of Elgin’

    At 67, Randy White has been jumping into his turnout gear in the middle of the night for almost four decades. Last year, he was at 78 percent of the fires the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department responded to.

    So it’s no surprise that White has been selected by his peers as Lancaster County’s first Firefighter of the Year.
    White appreciates the honor, but he’s not really fond of being singled out for attention. He would rather be a part of the Elgin crowd than stand out from it.

  • Helping towns rediscover their spark

    More than 150 local leaders gathered Wednesday at USC Lancaster to explore a new idea for bringing pride and growth back to the towns in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation announced a partnership with the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation, which has created  Community Heart & Soul, a field-tested process for helping small, rural towns rediscover their spark.
    “I see heart and soul at every table,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the Sims Foundation, as she scanned the audience of movers and shakers.

  • Lancaster man gets 20 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison Friday for molesting a 5-year-old child in 2010.
    Albert Lee Witherspoon, 26, was to have stood trial last Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.
    Witherspoon, whose case was prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, was taken from court Monday and held at the Lancaster County Detention Center until Friday’s sentencing.

  • Joe Keenan: ‘You know when it’s time to go’

    Joe Keenan was so excited when he became principal of Lancaster High School in July 1996, he forgot to pick up his wife, Debbie, from the hospital after surgery.
    His new job was just that enthralling.
    Now, 21 years later, Dr. Keenan has decided to retire.
    “People tell you ‘you know when it’s time to go,’ and it’s time,” he said.
    Keenan, 56, said some of his best memories are the school winning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for student achievement, and the Lady Bruins’ 2015 state basketball championship.

  • Annette Melton: No more field days in heels

    It’s time for Dr. Annette Melton’s next challenge.
    The Kershaw Elementary School principal will no longer be climbing ropes on field day in high heels. She is retiring after 34 years with the Lancaster County School District and seven years as KES principal. She will become state director for AdvancED, a educational nonprofit headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., and Alpharetta, Ga.
    Her last day was March 10.

  • 130 attend student-safety forum in Indian Land

    Lancaster County School District officials hosted the first of several After-School Student Safety Forums on Tuesday at Indian Land Middle School, drawing a crowd of nearly 130 parents and students.
    Panelists addressed the dangers of playing the “choking game,” vehicle and bus safety, social media, drugs, gun safety and bullying.

  • Local cultural groups fear Trump budget cuts

    Leaders of arts and cultural groups in Lancaster County expect to be scrambling for new revenue sources if President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal programs take effect.
    The president’s 2018 budget plan would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – programs that have built and funded arts programs in Lancaster County for many years.

  • At 99, Clemson’s Skardon to walk in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Ken Scar
    Clemson University

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The start of the annual Bataan Memorial Death March is a raucous affair.
    The boom of cannon fire sends 7,000 athletes surging across the starting line into the New Mexican desert under a vibrant orange and violet sunrise. They whoop and cheer as they embark on one of America's most grueling sporting events.

  • Captivating kids for 40 years

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    You could have heard a pin drop in the library Monday morning as pre-K students from Nation Ford High School’s Early Childhood Education Lab sat wide-eyed, listening to Brenda Parker’s rhymes and stories.
    Parker celebrated 40 years as a children’s librarian this week. She used all of that experience to her advantage as she captured the attention of every 4-year-old in the room. Each child answered her questions with a smile and a laugh.

  • Community Playhouse announces upcoming season

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County held its annual season reveal party for 2017-18 Saturday at the Springs House in Lancaster.
    The CPLC is the oldest constant arts organization in Lancaster and has held over 130 shows since it was founded in 1972. According to its Facebook page, the CPLC “strives to nurture an appreciation for the arts and our world through diverse theatre arts programming.”