Today's News

  • AJ's Plyler lassos elite high school rodeo accolade

    Ronnie Plyler, an Andrew Jackson High School junior, was recently honored with selection to the Wrangler High School Rodeo team.

    The Wrangler High School Rodeo team, a corporate-sponsored youth rodeo team, is affiliated with the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA).

    The NHSRA is the oldest youth rodeo program in the United States.

  • Protect your best friend

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for several surrounding counties this weekend, but as of Thursday morning, Lancaster wasn’t one of them.

    Still, with the county poised along a transition line and low temperatures forecast in the upper 20s tonight and high temperatures in the lower 30s on Saturday, there’s really no way of knowing what to expect.

    “I think, considering where we are, that’s a pretty accurate assessment,” said Darren Player, assistant fire coordinator for Lancaster County Emergency Management.

  • Lady Bruins' success saluted

    The Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ soccer team is preparing for the upcoming season with hopes of bettering the team’s stellar 14-7 record and a bid to the 2009 Class AAAA playoffs.

    The LHS girls of coach Bo Sylvia, honored by The Lancaster News as one of the Most Improved teams of 2009, notched the most wins in a season and senior Lindsy Cooper was the first Lady Bruins’ player to be selected to the North-South Soccer All-Star match at Wofford. The LHS girls also won their first-ever tournament title, capturing the Cyclone Cup at Chester High School.

  • I forgot about my buried treasure

    In their heyday, Long John Silver, Blackbeard and Jesse James stole plenty of money and jewels.

    Bless Pete, somewhere out there are hundreds of old treasure maps with bloody directions scrawled on ’em as to where all those strong boxes are buried.

    That’s how you keep secrets from prying, greedy eyes.

    It seems foolish to bury good stuff, though, seeing how something always happens to prevent us from digging it up later.

    Sometimes, well-meaning folks will fill boxes with current information and plant it in places they call cornerstones.

  • IL wrestlers falter on parents’ night

    Indian Land High School capped its regular-season wrestling schedule, dropping a pair of matches to neighboring North Carolina schools Jan. 28.

    Providence Day of Mecklenburg County, N.C., topped the Warriors, 41-33, and Marvin Ridge of Union County, N.C., downed IL 37-34 on IL wrestling parents night.

  • Warriors drop two close matches on parents night

    Indian Land capped its regular-season wrestling schedule, dropping a pair of matches to neighboring N.C. schools Thursday night.

    Providence Day of Mecklenburg, N.C., topped the Warriors 41-33 and Marvin Ridge of Union County, N.C., downed IL 37-34 on IL wrestling parents night.

  • Exit exam scores decline

    Local school officials saw a dip in the number of students who passed the state exit exam on their first attempt in 2009.

    The Lancaster County school board and district personnel discussed the results at Tuesday’s board meeting. The state released the data in November.

    Slightly more than 74 percent of 10th graders in the Lancaster County School District passed the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program, or HSAP, during the last school year. That’s a 3-point decline from 2008 when 77.4 percent of 10th graders passed both sections.

  • County seeks to acquire properties at IL community

    Lancaster County Council has agreed to begin the condemnation process for several properties at the stalled Edenmoor community in Indian Land.

    Council met in closed session Jan. 25 to discuss a recommendation from the county attorney for condemning two properties at the Edenmoor site, an Emergency Medical Services station and a 68-acre park.

    In open session, council approved drafting a letter of condemnation, which would eventually bring both properties under control of the county.

  • Some groups raising funds for Haiti relief

    While this is not a complete list of local organizations raising money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, here is the contact information for several groups:

    • American Red Cross of Lancaster County: Call (803) 283-4072 or visit www.upredcross.org and click on “Upper Palmetto.” Checks and credit card donations can be made at the local office at 106 Woodland Dr. Make checks out to “American Red Cross” and write “Haiti relief” in the memo section.

  • Breaking News Residents evacuated as road washes away

    As heavy rain showers blasted through the county on Friday, Lancaster County Council called an emergency meeting to help residents along a severely flooded road.

    Council convened for an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday to discuss what to do for residents along the recently flooded Gills Creek Drive near Buford. Council will vote on an expedited condemnation of property near the dead end of the road, which will allow the county to use land to create an alternate road into the neighborhood.