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Today's News

  • Column: Volvo project shows pitfalls of job-luring tax incentives

    Since it secured the Volvo manufacturing plant in July 2015, the state has been celebrating its achievement with promises of stellar economic growth and thousands of jobs for the Berkeley County area.
    A spokesman for Berkeley County was asked if taxpayers would be feeling any effects from Berkeley’s multimillion-dollar investment. He responded, “I think the effect they’re going to feel is a lot of jobs coming to Berkeley County.”

  • Column: ‘Fake news’ is out there, but not from journalists

    Fake news. It’s a phrase that became the most memorable takeaway from the 2016 election and the political hangover that still resonates today.
    It should come as no surprise that Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed the 2016 word of the year to be “post-truth,” an appropriate adjective for an era in which some news consumers are less concerned with whether or not something is true than they are with how it makes them feel.

  • Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
    I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
    The school will start its own newspaper soon.
    And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.

  • 16-year-old from Indian Land plans Chicago Marathon run

    An Indian Land teenager has trained eight months to run in his first-ever marathon for a cause he supports.
    Mason Mazurek, 16, will run in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
    His goal is to finish the 26.2 miles in six and a half hours.
    “I’ve trained a good amount, so I’m definitely feeling confident,” said Mason, a junior at Indian Land High School.
    He has raised about $1,200 for St. Jude, and hopes to raise at least $1,500.

  • Foster pups teach 5th graders to care for nature’s treasures

    The most popular spot at McDonald Green Elementary is teacher Kim Threatt’s science lab. Some students skip recess to spend a little more time there, and even teachers and principals find excuses to drop by.
    The pull is puppy love.
    About five weeks ago, Threatt began fostering two puppies for the Lancaster SPCA – Bo and Lucy. Threatt decided to take them to school and teach responsible pet care. The puppies joined more than a dozen animals bringing science to life at McDonald Green.

  • $600K in grants to aid crime-victim services

    Crime-victim services in Lancaster County received $600,000 in funding this week with the awarding of federal grants to the sheriff’s office, the solicitor’s office and Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault.
    The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants were announced Wednesday by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson. He held a press conference to award $2.3 million in victim-services grants to organizations in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

  • County tackling challenges related to growth, policing

    About 135 businesspeople, elected officials and school personnel attended the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Community breakfast Friday at USC Lancaster.
    Representatives from three entities – Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County Economic Development – updated community members on happenings in their fields.
    The breakfast was the chamber’s ninth State of the Community event. The education component was added this year.

  • Step-by-step timeline for opening of Panhandle elementary school

    A detailed schedule for the opening of a new elementary school in the Panhandle has been set by the Lancaster County School District.
    The timeline allows the district to have everything in place for a “smooth opening” of the new school in fall 2018, said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.
    “We’re very excited about getting the school open to help with the growth in the northern part of our county,” Phipps said.
    Construction began in the spring on the 36-acre site located on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.

  • Eliminating door-to-door sales hassles

    County leaders are trying to come up with an ordinance to address pesky door-to-door peddlers who show up uninvited or refuse to leave when asked.
    It’s become a real issue for residents in Sun City Carolina Lakes, said Lancaster County Council member Terry Graham.
    “I’ve gotten a number of complaints, too, from the subdivisions near the state line,” said council member Brian Carnes, who like Graham represents Indian Land. “A lot of them come in from North Carolina, and when you ask them to leave, they won’t leave….

  • 10 weeks premature | 2 pounds, 5 ounces | 94 days in NICU

    The March of Dimes’ annual fundraising walk, March for Babies, will be held next weekend, and leading the Lancaster walk will be ambassador family Brandon and Emily Hunter with their 17-month-old son, Holden.
    Holden was born 10 weeks early and weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. He spent his first 94 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.