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Today's News

  • 900 boxes, 200,000 artifacts

    Every winter for the past two decades, USC Lancaster archaeologist Chris Judge has spent two weeks in a Darlington County swamp, digging square holes 2 meters long, 2 meters wide and a meter deep.

    With flat shovels, he and his crew methodically skim thin layers from a sandy mound called the Johannes Kolb Site. Layer by layer, they sift each shovelful, separating dirt from clues about our history. They then sort, identify and piece together details about long-ago life along the Pee Dee River.

  • More 3rd-party candidates file in 5th District race

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, the list of candidates who have filed for the 5th District congressional seat had grown to 14, with three more independents filing.
    There will now be a third-party primary May 2, with two Libertarian candidates – Bill Bledsoe and Nathaniel Cooper – now seeking the seat.
    David Kulma filed as a Green Party candidate just before 1 p.m. Friday, and Josh Thornton filed as an American Party candidate last Monday.

  • Column: State’s schools rank dead last, and no one is held accountable

    Some will think this is too strong. I don’t. Just read on and make up your own mind.
    Recently, U.S. News and World Report released a study of the 50 states based on 68 different metrics in seven categories: health care, education, infrastructure, crime/corrections, opportunity, economy and government. For the full report, Google: U.S. News and World Report Best States.

  • Column: Joining the masses in cyberspace isn’t worth sacrificing peace, quiet

    There is no doubt that the Internet has brought about transformational changes in the way we obtain information, conduct business and communicate with others. This Digital Age gives us great advantage.
    With just a smart phone, one can Google and access all sorts of otherwise hard-to-find information. Through numerous sites, we can shop for all kinds of goods and services and get the latest worldwide news. With an iPhone, we can send videos of choice to anyone connected online.

  • IL trash and recycling center opens

    Good news for Panhandle residents who dump their own trash: Indian Land’s new convenience center is finally open for business.
    Located on Northfield Drive in Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521, the long-awaited household trash and recycling center opened Monday without fanfare.
    “We’re open right now,” Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Monday afternoon. “We’ve still got some stuff, like the carport shed for used oil, to put in, but if you’ve got some trash to get rid of, swing by and see us.”

  • Lancaster native honored for his years of leadership in JROTC

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    A man who grew up in Lancaster and retired from the Army has been honored in Chicago for his work as a longtime educator.
    Lloyd N. Cunningham, a 1972 graduate of Lancaster High School, received the 2017 Most Influential African Americans of Lake County Educational Leadership Award. The award was presented to Cunningham by the Chicago People’s Voice newspaper on Feb. 19 during a celebratory dinner in Waukegan, Ill.

  • Schools hosting meetings about after-school safety

    The Lancaster County School District will host an After School Student Safety Forum next week at Indian Land Middle School to discuss topics like bus, internet and latchkey child safety.
    The forum will be 7-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the ILMS gymnasium, and there will be a panel discussion.
    LCSD safety director Bryan Vaughn said the Student Safety Task Force Committee was created following the deaths of three students in the district in the past year. He said the committee decided it was necessary to offer safety forums to parents and guardians of students in the county.

  • An oath to serve and protect

    Lancaster police officers were sworn in during a Wednesday night ceremony and reception at the 15th Street Training Center. Newly-named Police Chief Scott Grant said it was important for the officers’ families to participate in the ceremony. “We gave our officers a legal swearing in when they were hired, but this is a little more fitting and proper,” he said.

  • Lancaster native to lead VA in York

    Retired Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst didn’t stay retired.
    In February, York County’s legislative delegation appointed the Lancaster native as that county’s Veterans Affairs director.
    Woodhurst calls it a tailor-made job.
    “I told the folks at the county (York) that I had been in training for this job since I was a 14-year-old freshman at Lancaster High School taking JROTC courses,” she said. “I guess we can say I already have 35 years of experience.”

  • Panel grills Van Wyck on plan for new town

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Van Wyck’s incorporation proponents about their plan for 90 minutes Tuesday, but decided nothing and postponed the rest of the hearing until some unspecified future date.
    About 35 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, hoping the panel would recommend that the S.C. secretary of state allow the community’s effort to move forward.