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Today's News

  • Schools benefit from awards criteria change

    For the Lancaster County schools, change is good.
    That’s in regards to the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards, which recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    This year a change in judging criteria led to 16 of the county’s 19 schools being recognized.
    The awards’ criteria is established by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee and applied by the S.C. Department of Education.

  • Reason for a primary is to narrow field of candidates

    On June 12, we will once again go to our respective polling places to cast a ballot for some of our 2012 candidates.
    So many are asking why? We have a Republican and a Democratic primary that day. The reason we are having both is because more than one person is running for a particular seat. It is our duty as voters to whittle the process down to one person per party per seat.  
    For example, on the Republican side:
    u Bob Bundy and Wayne Kersey are running for the Lancaster County Council District 3 seat

  • Late rally lifts Jackets

    Staff Reports
    The surging Buford Yellow Jackets kept pace in Region IV-AA baseball play with a 6-3 road win over Cheraw on Friday night.
    A four-run sixth-inning rally lifted BHS, 8-9, 6-3, to the decisive runs in the three-run win.
    Kendrick Trapps, who had a single and a double, scored two runs and drove in a run, drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run and aid the rally. Evan “Buck Shot” Flynn had a RBI-hit and Scotti Moser drilled a two-run single.

  • Better late than never for these notable signees

    National Signing Day, the day when high school football players can sign with the school of their choice, was over two months ago – Feb. 1.
    I know it’s been some time since those ace recruits inked, but as they say, there’s football season, football recruiting and then spring football.
    Well, we’re in spring football, so here’s a little football recruiting news. This might be a tad old, but then you might have missed it, too.

  • Lady Jackets’ ace Knight signs with SMC

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    BUFORD – Friday, April 13th was Hannah Knight’s lucky day.
    Knight, a two-sport standout at Buford High School, solidified her future, signing a scholarship to play softball at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg.
    Knight, on St. Patrick’s Day, visited SMC and the trip to the Upstate campus made it easy to decide where she wanted to attend college and play.
    During her visit, Knight worked out with the Lady Pioneers’ team.

  • The unseen calling

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The heart of the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Center on Pageland Highway isn’t behind the desk in Sheriff Barry Faile’s office.
    In county law enforcement, Faile’s desk is where the buck stops.
    Its heart and compassion is found in a room with four work stations, 20 computer displays and multiple telephone lines.

  • Search for new Kershaw administrator continues

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw’s soon-to-be open administrator’s position has drawn interest from all parts of the country.
    Tony Starnes, whose last day as administrator is April 30, said Friday morning that the town has received “15 or so” resumes from people looking to succeed him.
    About three or four of those people are in-county, while others are from states including Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and Wyoming.

  • Bystanders pull attacker from car

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A woman was visibly distraught as she spoke to police about an attack that happened inside her car near an apartment complex last weekend.
    Lancaster police officers learned of the attack after being called to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital just after 1 a.m. April 8, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Just how big is Florida’s python problem?

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Ninety percent of the raccoons, rabbits, opossums and bobcats that once freely roamed the Florida Everglades are gone.
    No, they haven’t fallen prey to housing developments, a loss of habitat and the overpopulation of human beings. The Everglades are still there and are still the largest tract of wilderness (1.5 million acres) east of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Passersby stop to help Indian Land woman

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    We all depend upon the kindness of strangers from time to time – small acts in a time of need that often go unrecognized for just how important they really are.
    Beula Powell of Indian Land wants to make sure that doesn’t happen in her and her sister’s case, though.
    On Friday, April 6, Powell, 88, called the newspaper to say she wanted to make sure a couple of passersby who helped her 90-year-old sister, Bertha Clark, get the recognition they deserve.