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Today's News

  • First Steps wins $6M grant for infants, toddlers

    A federal grant of more than $6 million will allow First Steps of Lancaster County to better prepare at-risk infants and toddlers for school by partnering with local child-care centers and setting up an Early Head Start program.  

  • Ambulance wreck injures first responders

    A Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and EMT were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital after an accident with a pickup on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of Walgreens at the intersection of Gillsbrook Road.
    Injured in the accident were paramedic Timothy Clemmer of Lancaster, driver of the ambulance, and EMT April Sims.

  • Prosecutor: Killers stole marijuana from Tran

    David Kucinski and three other defendants in the Indian Land murder of Randy Tran killed the 20-year-old student in a plot to steal six pounds of marijuana from him, prosecutors alleged at a bond hearing Monday.
    Lancaster County investigators found Tran’s body about 7 p.m. April 5, shot once in the back of the head and partially covered in the woods off Rocky River Trail, after neighbors who saw Kuckinski trying to put the body in a car called 911, Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins told the court.

  • Skyrocketing health premiums plague city

    The city of Lancaster and its 170-plus employees will pay 35 percent higher health insurance premiums next year, after a recent handful of large individual payouts to city employees worsened Lancaster’s rating with the state’s public-employee insurer.
    The city staff and Lancaster City Council are taking a close look at the changes, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017, as the municipality works through the proposed 2016-17 fiscal budget. By law, the city cannot pass along the entire increase to employees. It will be paying 35 percent more, just like them.

  • Column: A pat on the back for Dr. Kumar

    Our good Lord works in mysterious ways! I had just left my son’s house at Cedar Pines Lake and started home to work in my yard, and something told me to go by and check on my friend and brother-in-law Louie Belk.
    As I came up to his house, my phone ran, and Louie said, “Sherrill, where are you? I have fallen and I’m bleeding and I need to go to the doctor!” I told him, “Louie, I’m here at your back door now.”

  • Column: Sounds stupid, but practice shaking hands

    Editor’s note: Rick Jiran, vice president of community relations for Duke Energy in South Carolina, gave the commencement address at Limestone College in Gaffney last Thursday. Here’s some of his advice on job hunting.

    Companies aren’t looking for reasons to hire you. They are looking for reasons not to hire you.

  • Warriors in state title match

    Indian Land is on its way to the Class AA boys state title match for the fifth straight season.

    Indian Land, 17-5, posted its fifth straight Class AA Upstate soccer title with a 2-1 win over Powdersville at the Warriors' Reservation on Tuesday night.

    The PHS Patroits struck first with a goal on a penalty kick, but IL responded with a clutch goal from Garrett Gerdes off a Brandon Jacob assist. The Warriors' decisive goal came on Mason Huebsch's goal off a header.

    Indian Land outshot the Patriots, 18-5.

  • Lancers drop first loss in Region X tourney

    Pitt Community College edged USC Lancaster, 7-5 to force an extra game for the NJCAA Region X baseball tournament crown on Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C.

    USCL, 38-20, entered Tuesday night play as the tourney's lone unbeaten in the double elimination field, before falling to the Bulldogs.

    USCL and Pitt, who each have one loss, will play today at noon to decide the 2016 Region X tournament champion.

    The tournament winner advances to the Eastern District tournament hosted by the Region XV champion on May 20.

  • Annual Blackwell tourney has special tribute

    A beautiful spring day greeted 111 golfers April 30 when they competed in the 15th annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.
    The team of Jerry Pardue, Shane Brewer, AJ golf coach Heath Brewer, and AJ golf standout Logan Sowell topped the 28-team captain’s choice field, carding a low-net score of 48.4.

  • Walters signs with NGU Crusaders

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School boys’ basketball sharpshooter Corey Walters has hit a bull’s eye with the North Greenville University men’s basketball program.
    Walters, a three-year starter at AJ and two-time All-Region IV-AA pick and All-Lancaster County hoops selection by The Lancaster News, is taking his game to Tigerville.
    Walters, with family, friends, coaches and teammates watching, made it official Wednesday in the AJ media center where he signed with the NGU Crusaders.