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Today's News

  • Top-to-bottom overhaul done, AJMS reopens for excited kids
    Nearly two months after fire blackened Andrew Jackson Middle School, students, teachers and faculty jammed the halls again Tuesday morning, delighted to be back home.
    “It’s been wonderful to be back,” said Kelly Phillips, assistant principal at AJMS. “There’s been a lot of excitement in the air. A lot of people have been commenting on how bright the school looks and how clean the walls are.”
    Steve Mann, a seventh-grade math teacher, said everyone was relieved and eager to get back to normal.
  • No arrests yet in hit-and-run

    Amber Green of Indian Land is just 42 years old.
    “But in the past week,” she said, “I feel like I’ve aged 10 years.”
    A week ago, her son, Wilkie, 4, and husband, Nathan, 41, were run over after an unidentified teen just south of Charlotte stole a case of beer from a Blakeney Village grocery and jumped into a waiting getaway car.

  • Van Wyck sticks with UDO for now

    VAN WYCK – Anyone who wants to build in the county’s newest town must follow the county regulations spelled out in the Unified Development Ordinance.
    The Lancaster County Council unanimously voted March 9 for a memorandum of understanding with Van Wyck to keep the UDO in place for now. In other words, nothing will change until Van Wyck gets its is own zoning ordinances in place.
    “You remember it took a year and a half for us to do that,” said County Attorney John Weaver, noting that the county UDO rewrite took from March 2015 to October 2016.

  • Former IL volleyball coach Seidel files suit

    The former coach of the Indian Land High girls’ volleyball team, whose brief tenure at the school ended last year before his team played its first regular season game, is now suing for back pay, according to a lawsuit.
    In his suit filed April 3, James P. Seidel has demanded the Lancaster County School District pay him $2,161 in coach’s supplemental pay that he argues the district promised him in writing upon his departure from the school.

  • Nice day for a ride

    The American Legion Riders of South Carolina’s state Legacy Ride covers 600 miles in 3 days and supports a scholarship fund for children of fallen military and disabled veterans. The ride stopped at Lancaster's Post 31 on Saturday.

  • Stay ‘prayed up,’ ready for change

    Jennifer Pinckney is a survivor.
    Three years ago, she and her 6-year-old daughter, Malana, crouched under a desk as bullets pierced the walls around them.

  • Flashlights run, hide from me during storms

    Flashlights hate me.
    I was reminded of that about 8 p.m. April 15 when I called Duke Energy in an effort to find out what time our power would be restored. Yes, the late afternoon storm socked the Antioch community with a haymaker. We lost the lights about 3:30 p.m. that day.
    “Sir, our utility crews are still assessing damage in your area,” the courteous customer rep said. “That’s all the information I have at this time.”

  • Boyfriend sentenced in Jacarion’s death

    Eight months after he left a loaded pistol near 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden and left the room, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes was sentenced Friday to 8½ years in prison in the toddler’s accidental shooting death.
    Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Hayes to the maximum five-year term on the gun charge and an additional 3½ years on the unlawful-conduct charge. The maximum sentence on that count was 10 years.

  • Fancy Pokket ‘hiring event’ draws crowd, no start date

    After four years of delays, Lancaster’s Fancy Pokket USA baking operations may soon be ready to inject some steam.
    Wednesday morning at the SC Works building on White Street, about two dozen people had gathered by 9:30 a.m. in search of 20 advertised jobs at the 58,000-square-foot plant at Lancaster County Air-Rail Business Park along the S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Mayoral election gets 4th candidate

    A fourth candidate entered the Lancaster mayor’s race Friday as the 10-day filing period opened in the special election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard.