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Today's News

  • Pettit earned gold title

    It has been a whale of a season for Lancaster High School junior swimmer Jory Pettit.
    Pettit capped the 2011 swim campaign with an individual state crown in the 50-yard  freestyle at the recent Class AAAA state swim meet.
    Pettit brilliantly topped a tough field, edging Byrnes High School’s Alex Wood by a slim margin.
    Pettit’s winning 21.47 was the result of a fast finish. Wood, who won the 100-yard freestyle state crown, was a close second in 21.61.

  • We need to recapture our historical spirit of discovery

    Last week we celebrated one of our nation’s most overlooked holidays – Columbus Day, the annual observance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. It was Oct. 12, 1492, that the explorer first spotted land after a two-month voyage from Europe.
    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1970.
    Today, it is primarily observed in schools, used to teach students a history lesson about America’s dawning days.

  • Incorporating Indian Land will cost us taxpayers a lot of money

    I would like to respond to the article published in the newspaper  concerning the incorporation of Indian Land.
    We moved here from New York after being taxed out of our home by the state, county, school district and city. Everybody wants a piece of you.
    We looked at other states and areas in the South. We finally found an area here in Lancaster County that we couldn’t believe. Low taxes, low power bills and a beautiful place to live out our lives.

  • Creepy night in the city

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Downtown Lancaster will serve as the mecca for everything artistic and spooky on the Friday before Halloween.
    See Lancaster SC’s Finally Friday series and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual fall crawl have been combined to offer patrons something special on Oct. 28.

  • Kershaw seeking federal grant

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw wants to tap into a federal funding source that has assisted other governmental entities in Lancaster County before.
    On Monday, Kershaw Town Council discussed how the town can quality for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. The money would pay for sewer line replacements along the old mill area, just north of the town limits.
    Affected areas include First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.

  • Grading school district

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    After years of preparation, the Lancaster County School District is ready for a rigorous new accreditation process set to begin next week.
    Accreditation is the certification process that ensures an educational body maintains standards that qualify its graduates for admissions to institutions of higher learning.
    In past accreditations, the once-every-five-years process was reserved for each of the district’s 19 schools individually, a process that was both time consuming and expensive.

  • Expungements, possible pardons

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Past crimes and convictions can hamper you when it comes to finding a job. Several residents are aware of that and took time out Oct. 8 to learn what they can do about it.
    Doug Barfield, solicitor for the state’s 6th Circuit, gave a presentation that morning about expungements. He spoke during a special event held at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church on South Gregory Street in Lancaster.
    Personnel from S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon were there as well.

  • Clay shoot scheduled for Monday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A sport that hasn’t received much exposure locally is now the main focus for an upcoming fundraiser that benefits an area group home.
    The Lancaster Children’s Home has organized a clay shoot, which will be Monday morning at Meadow Wood Farm, just across the county line.
    The event, called the Fall Flurry, was first discussed in the spring among The Children’s Home board of directors.

  • County has space for Emergency Management

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The county's Emergency Management department has finally found its new command center.
    Only minutes after returning from closed session following its Oct. 10 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved acquiring a building for Emergency Management to move into. Located along North White Street, the building was first built and used by Duke Power, before it was most recently used by Founders Federal Credit Union.

  • Woman hurt avoiding deer on highway

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    An attempt to avoid an accident with a deer led to a trip to the emergency room for a Lancaster woman involved in a single-car accident Wednesday morning.
    The accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. as Tammy Starnes, 42, of Old Woodlawn Road, drove southbound on McIlwain Road, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.
    Elder said Starnes swerved to avoid a deer that stepped out in front of her 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.