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Today's News

  • Students get H1N1 vaccine

    The Lancaster County School District has been moving along in providing the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to students.

    School board members were given an update of the vaccination schedule at their Jan. 19 meeting.

    In October, district lead nurse Graceann Jones told the board that the H1N1 vaccine would first go to elementary students as well as children at Southside Early Childhood Center, the most vulnerable population. Middle and high school students were next.

    And as of Jan. 19, more than 3,600 district students had been vaccinated.

  • Jackson receives volunteer honor award

    Polly Jackson knew something was going on when she was invited to Thursday night’s Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual meeting.

    But she had no idea it meant she had won the 2009 Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award.

    The award, established by the chamber in 1983, recognizes and honors volunteers who give their time and resources to organizations in the county.

  • Family waits for justice in death

    The Whitaker family is still waiting for justice in the death of John “Little John” Whitaker, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in January 2005.

    Each year, the Whitaker family holds a vigil to remember John.

    They now clean up the sides of Robert H. Kirk Road, where he was killed, as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

    John Whitaker’s sister, Lori Whitaker, said the family picked up litter there for the first time on Nov. 7, 2009, and cleaned the roadside again Jan. 23.

    John was killed on Jan. 24, 2005.

  • County Council meets Monday

    Lancaster County Council will hear a presentation from the county’s Community Relations Commission on Monday.

    The Community Relations Commission, which has existed for more than 20 years, identifies pressing issues within the county and acts as a sounding board for community members. This is the second board to meet with council this year.

    County Airport Commission chairman Doug Barnes began the process in January.

    Council is making an effort to meet with all the county’s boards and commissions this year.

  • Bruins cage Bengals in OT

    The eighth-rated Lancaster Bruins have a firm handle on overtime, and now the Region IV-AAAA boys lead.

    LHS, with its fourth OT win this season in as many tries, took sole possession of the region lead with an exciting 76-74 win over Blythewood High in the packed Bruins’ Den on Friday night.

    Lancaster, 15-3 with its eighth straight win, protected what proved to be its two-point victory margin after senior guard Tracy Ingram hit a free throw with 21 seconds to play in the extra session for a 76-74 lead.

  • Jackets, Vols fall in region road games

    Buford rallied to force overtime, but fell short in a Conference III-A game at McBee on Tuesday night.

    BHS, boosted by Wayne Blakeney, rallied to force OT, but the host Panthers prevailed in a 63-60 win.

    MHS’s three-point win gave the Panthers a sweep after the McBee girls rallied for a 38-34 win.

    In the boys’ game, McBee held a 32-23 lead going into the final period, but the Jackets ignited behind Blakeney, who tallied 12 points.

  • IL highlights quad meet in win over BHS

    Indian Land moved its wrestling record to 15-8 with a 2-1 effort in a Conference III-A quad meet at Chesterfield High School on Thursday.

    The second-rated Warriors highlighted the meet with a second straight one-point win over No. 4 Buford this season.

    The match was tied at the end of regulation, but IL won on a tiebreaker, 37-36. The Warriors edged the Jackets in an early match this season, prevailing on a tiebreaker.

    Indian Land also rolled to a 54-18 win over North Central, but fell to host Chesterfield, 50-24.

  • Six district schools make federal AYP standard

    Six schools in the Lancaster County School District are on the latest list of schools to meet adequate yearly progress, or AYP, standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    But 13 district schools did not make AYP in 2009.

    The S.C. Department of Education released data for 2009 last week.

    District schools that made AYP in 2009 are Discovery School, Erwin Elementary, Heath Springs Elementary, Kershaw Elementary, McDonald Green Elementary and North Elementary schools.

  • Inmate to face escape charge

    A prisoner helping Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators escaped briefly Tuesday as he assisted them in searching for stolen guns.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, Raymond Lewis Bailey, 18, of 582 Fork Hill Road, Heath Springs, was with two investigators in the Drywood Avenue area when he tried to run from them about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

    Bailey had been taken from the Lancaster County Detention Center by two investigators to recover guns they say Bailey had stolen during a burglary he had committed earlier in the week.

  • The Citadel to honor Truesdale

    Heath Springs native Regan Truesdale, a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and The Citadel’s all-time leading scorer, will have his jersey honored during halftime of the Bulldogs’ home game with Furman on Saturday.

    Truesdale, a 1981 Andrew Jackson High School graduate, was a three-sport star for the Volunteers during his high school career at AJ.