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Today's News

  • IL residents ‘experience literacy in a fun way’

    Indian Land High School hosted its second-annual Family Literacy Night on Friday, bringing out nearly 500 local residents for a book fair, food truck and the Lancaster County mobile library.

    ILHS’s gym was full of booths displaying student projects, literacy games and reading strategies.

  • Images of what $199M buys

    Eight months after passing a $199 million school bond referendum, Lancaster County residents can finally see the big-ticket construction projects that the bond money will pay for.

    At Tuesday’s school board meeting, officials unveiled detailed digital images, site plans and building floor plans for the new Indian Land High School and an additional elementary school there.

  • Outdoor burning banned in S.C.

    South Carolina declared a statewide burning ban Saturday, citing the drought and an approaching cold front with gusting winds and low humidity, perfect conditions for fires to get out of control.

    State Forester Gene Kodama announced the ban at 6 a.m. and said it would last until further notice. This expanded a ban already in effect in 19 of the Palmetto State’s 46 counties. Lancaster had not been part of that earlier order.

  • New UDO limits most signs to 10 feet tall

    The signs, they are a changin’. 

    Or they will be if the proposed Unified Development Ordinance passes its third and final reading at the next county council meeting Nov. 28.

    The new UDO, which is finally almost finished after 20 months of reworking, limits most freestanding business signs to 10 feet in height and 40 square feet in area. It’s an effort to reduce visual clutter along the county’s roads.

  • No marauding motorcyclists at Christmas parade

    Motorcycles and horses are in for the upcoming Lancaster Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 and the MLK Day celebration on Jan. 14.

    But stunts such as wheelies, stoppies and burnouts by motorcyclists are out, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. So are horses without diapers or someone following behind them to tidy up the pavement.

  • School district EOC average below state’s

    State report cards were released this week, showing Lancaster County School District students on average coming in below statewide scores on end-of-course exams and the SAT.

    The 2016 district EOC average, at 70.3 percent, falls below last year’s 74 percent score. This year’s state EOC average is 77.3 percent.

    Indian Land High School scored 82.9 percent on EOC exams, which is higher than the district and state scores. ILHS’s EOC average in 2015 was 84.8 percent.

  • Reward doubles in tombstone vandalism

    The county historical society is doubling its reward to $3,000 for information leading to the conviction of vandals who damaged tombstones at the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery in August.

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter said investigators have few leads in the incident. 

  • 36th B&B Craft Show next Saturday

    The 36th annual B&B Craft Show is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Springdale Recreation Center.

    The craft show will have 56 vendors from the Carolinas displaying their unique items, including wooden handmade ink pins, wickless candles and specialty bows.

    “We come together as a group of crafters and artists, and it never gets old. It’s new every year,” said event coordinator Becky Lowry.

  • Vols top Cats, advance

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers are marching on after opening the Class AA Upper State football playoffs with a solid 42-21 home win over Ninety Six on Friday night.

    AJ, which trailed 21-20 at the half, ignited in the second half to advance to face Saluda at SHS in second-round play Friday night.

  • Bears edge Bruins, 37-31

    BELTON – In a beast mode clash, the Belton Honea Path Bears were able to claw out a thrilling 37-31 triple overtime win over the Lancaster Bruins to open the Class AAAA Upper State football playoffs at BHP on Friday night.

    The back-and-forth contest came down to well-executed Kameron Burton four-yard quarterback keeper to give the 10-1 Bears the 37-31 win over the Bruins.