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Today's News

  • Policy requires background check on school volunteers

    The Lancaster County School District now has policies in place that more clearly address how it will treat potential employees and volunteers who have been charged with a criminal offense.

    The school board unanimously adopted the policies at its meeting on Sept. 21.

    One policy requires the district to run a criminal history check through the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on all new volunteers.

  • Foundation awards $1.6 million in adult literacy, responsive grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation Inc. has made awards totaling approximately $1.6 million to 16 different community organizations in its Adult Literacy and Responsive Grants programs.  

    “The communities in the foundation’s giving area face a range of challenges, from improving their citizens’ literacy skills to providing for basic needs and safety,” said foundation President Jim Morton. “The recipients of these grants are organizations that have demonstrated their abilities to help meet these challenges.”

  • Unity firefighters answering calls since 1950s

    Training counts – especially when you’re a firefighter.

    Jay Hayes and Mark Steele, both volunteers with the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, are quick to point that out. And the reason is obvious – firefighting is dangerous work.

    “They say if you’re ever not scared when you walk into the door of a burning house, then you better turn around and walk the other way,” Hayes said.

  • Heath-care bill contains many surprises

    Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012, you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc.

    When did this happen? It’s in the health-care bill. Just thought you should know. That sales tax goes into effect in 2013. So, this is change you can believe in?

  • Scouts put training into action

    Ryan Phillips and Luke Pittman, Life Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 74 of Kershaw, are in line to receive their coveted Eagle Scout badges, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

    When the badges are presented to them in the near future, it will be a red-letter day for the two Andrew Jackson High School juniors who are members of Kershaw’s First Baptist Church.

    Given the Scouts’ latest honors, it would be safe to say the Eagle badges would be quite an encore.

  • Lady Vols sweep Buford in volleyball

    Andrew Jackson swept a home volleyball match with county and Region IV-AA foe Buford on Tuesday.

    The Lady Vols swept the Lady Jackets, 3-0 in the varsity match, 25-10, 25-14, 25-16.

    In the junior varsity match, the AJ girls downed Buford, 2-0.

    The Junior Lady Vols prevailed, 25-22 and 25-15.

    Earlier in the week, AJ fell to Chesterfield. AJ visited Cheraw on Thursday, while Buford hosted Lee Central.

    LHS swimmers to state

    The Lancaster High School swim team will compete in the state meet in Columbia on Saturday.

  • Man, 24, charged in kidnapping

    A man wanted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on kidnapping and sexual assault charges has been arrested.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Demarkeo Jamar Wright, 24, of 313 Robinson Road, Lancaster, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 10 incident.

    Wright is accused of breaking into the home of his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend and dragging her by her hair and arm out of the house.

  • Honeycutt, Tilman vie for District 4 seat

    Job creation and economic development are top issues in the only contested County Council race on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    Democratic incumbent Larry Honeycutt will face Republican newcomer Philip Tillman in the District 4 contest. The district includes several neighborhoods north of the city of Lancaster, near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and north along U.S. 521.

    District 2 incumbent Charlene McGriff and District 6 incumbent Jack Estridge, both Democrats, face no opposition as they seek re-election.

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  • Mulvaney has pledged to fight for all Americans

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1913. It is as true today, as it was a century ago.

    Americans know they have been herded – at stampede speed – down a steep, treacherous and unfamiliar path by Democrats such as Congressman John Spratt to “fundamentally transform America.”  But transform America into what, exactly?

  • Heath Springs has one of oldest departments

    HEATH SPRINGS – A single firefighter – Joey Plyler of the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department – was the initial responder to a fire at the American Wax plant.

    The day was July 25, 2001.

    Flames were shooting out of the building when Plyler arrived, and he radioed 911 dispatchers for more manpower. They asked him what he needed.

    “There’s plenty of fire for everyone,” he radioed back.