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Today's News

  • Hard for me to believe there was a time when the races were educated separately

    I reach really high to a top shelf in the Lancaster High School library.

    I grab the light gray, 50-year-old 1967 Rambler yearbook.

    Then I pull down the ’66 and ’68 books, too.

    They’re heavy.

    I carry them to an empty table.

    Though I look like I’m still in high school, I feel the students staring at me like, “What is this crazy newspaper lady doing now?”

    I put the books down and start looking through pages in search of black students.

  • Time for public input on new school’s name

    An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.

    Survey participants have through Jan. 17 to fill out the 11-question survey. After that, the Lancaster County School District will select a committee to discuss the results.

  • Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

    Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
    This year’s featured dancers are:
    • Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
    • Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
    • Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
    • Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
    • Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
    • David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
    • Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.

  • Vietnam War flag stops at Lancaster vet’s home

    A traveling flag that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War flew on the flagpole in Cecil and Phyllis Gardner’s yard last month.
    The flag is crisscrossing the nation as part of a special commemoration of the war, stopping once in each state to fly at the home of one Vietnam-era veteran.
    “They’re going to fly it in every state,” said Cecil Elliott, who is a retired Navy chief petty officer who served from 1948-71.

  • Sports Talk: Harding High had special football season

    One of the top regional stories during the past high school football season was the rise of the Harding University High School (Charlotte, N.C.) Rams’ football team.

    In case you didn’t know, the Rams won the N.C. Class AAAA state championship last month, taking a 30-22 win over Scotland County, N.C., at Wake Forest University’s BBT Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    If Harding High rings a bell among county football fans, it’s not a stunner.

  • County wrestlers back on mat

    Lancaster County high school wrestling teams are looking to gear up for the second half of the 2017-18 mat campaign.

    Lancaster and Andrew Jackson were slated to return to action Wednesday night, but the matches were cancelled due to the forecast of winter weather and possible hazardous road conditions.

    The Bruins’ Region III-AAAA match with Westwood High School of Blythewood has been reset for Jan. 17 at Westwood.

    The contest will be a quad match, featuring region foes Richland Northeast, Ridge View, Lancaster and host Westwood.

  • Vincent earns FCA honor

    CHARLOTTE – Buford High School senior linebacker Noah Vincent racked up his share of tackles during the Jackets’ 2017 football season, and now he’s raking in the postseason awards.

    Vincent, a two-way starter for the Jackets, earned a prestigious regional award last week in Charlotte.

    Vincent was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Competitor of the Year for the Charlotte, N.C., metro region, some 15 schools.

  • SCDOT maps out 2 options for sidewalks near IL schools

    S.C. Department of Transportation has completed a study on cost of adding sidewalks around Indian Land middle and high schools, and now it’s the Lancaster County School District’s job to come up with the money if it wants them.
    School district safety director Bryan Vaughn said if the district decides to go through with putting in sidewalks, construction probably wouldn’t start for at least a year.

  • Chief Grant eager to get more boots on the ground this year

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has one goal in the upcoming months – getting rid of his department’s long-running manpower shortage.
    “It’s not easy to be a Lancaster police officer. These guys work,” Grant said. “It’s a hard job, and we ask a lot of our folks. We’ve been asking double that because we’ve been working short.” 
    At one time the department had 14 vacancies among its ranks of 39 sworn officers.

  • Protecting old cemetery from vandals to be costly

    Repairing the tombstones vandalized this week at Lancaster’s Olde Presbyterian Church won’t cost as much as initially feared, but needed security improvements at the historic landmark will carry a much heftier price tag.
    Vandals pushed over or broke 23 headstones at the cemetery on West Gay Street on New Year’s Eve. Thirteen grave markers were damaged there in a similar incident in August 2016.