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Today's News

  • New graduate shot in chest not long after LHS ceremony

    A Lancaster teen was shot early Saturday morning on South Main Street, just hours after graduating from Lancaster High School.

    Todd Talford, 18, of 306 McCardell St., was taken to a Charlotte hospital after being shot in the center of his chest while at Crenco Food Store.

    His condition was unavailable at press time Saturday.

    Talford and his cousin were sitting in a parked Chrysler LeBaron about 1:30 a.m. when they heard “gunshots coming from everywhere,” the cousin told police in a statement.

  • Adult education students graduate from program

    Tameeka Stevens was greeted with hugs and cheers from family members and other loved ones at her graduation May 27.

    Stevens was elated about completing the Lancaster County School District’s adult education program and earning her GED (General Educational Development), but she was sad because a close friend wasn’t alive to see it.

    Stevens’ best friend, Lashuntaya Hall, was killed in a car accident two years ago. Before then, Stevens pledged to her that she was going to earn her diploma.

    She considered Hall her main source of motivation.

  • County Council honors Lady Jackets

    Smiling as the crowd gave them a standing ovation, the Buford High Lady Jackets were honored by Lancaster County Council on Monday.

    The team made history May 20 when it completed a two-game sweep of the Johnsonville Lady Flashes to win Buford High’s first-ever Class A state softball championship.

    Council Chairman Fred Thomas and Councilman Cotton Cole were present for the historic win.

    Thomas said it was “an incredible game.”

  • Hepburn overcomes tragedy to excel

    The future looks bright for Lancaster High School graduate Josh Hepburn, who had to work hard to overcome a family tragedy that once had him very angry at the world.

    His parents split up when he was about 5, leaving his mother, Gwendolyn, alone to raise him and his two brothers.

    Because of back problems, his mother could no longer work and was struggling to provide for the family, Josh said.

    She stopped disciplining the boys, leaving them to roam and do whatever they chose. Josh  said he began stealing cigarettes and starting small fires.

  • Palmetto Homeschool students hold graduation

    Even though they’ve never shared a classroom, Andrew Harwell and Allison Meadows shared the graduation stage Saturday.

    As students involved with the Palmetto Homeschool Association, both Harwell and Meadows were scheduled to attend their official graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday.

    But unlike most other graduating high school classes, these students come from across the state.

    Harwell hails from Fort Mill, while Meadows is from Gaston.

  • Graduation 2009 - Carolina Christian Academy

    The three graduates at Carolina Christian Academy each spoke of how faith and hard work have carried them this far in life, while a special guest shared some key points for continued success in the future.

    Chad Connelly, author of “Freedom Tide,” gave the commencement address at CCA’s May 29 graduation in the school’s gymtorium. Connelly is the founder and president of the Foundation for American Restoration.

  • AJHS class clown turns it around

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior Keithan Stevenson usually has a smile on his face.

    And it’s that smile and the attitude behind it that often got him in trouble during high school.

    Stevenson, 18, was the well-liked, popular class clown. Often rowdy in class, he was thrown out by teachers. Sometimes, he asked to go to the bathroom and never returned to the classroom, wandering the school.

  • ILMS teacher, coach accused of sex crime

    INDIAN LAND - " An Indian Land Middle School teacher was arrested during school hours Monday and has been charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 16, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Arrest warrants accuse Jonathan Henry Jens, 36, of 104 Webbs Mill Drive, Fort Mill, of kissing and inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl. Jens has been placed on administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the school district.

  • Schools to get stimulus funding

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Local school officials are breathing a lot easier now that the standoff over federal stimulus money for South Carolina has been settled.

    Lancaster County School District will receive about $4.3 million of the $700 million that was aimed for the state’s school districts and law enforcement agencies. Gov. Mark Sanford, who tried to block the funding, signed the request for the money this week following a court order.

  • Sheriff’s office bloodhound gets overheated on the trail

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s tracking dogs, bloodhounds Lucy and Jake, were busy on Friday.

    First, they responded to a search for an assailant wanted in a theft on Sunny Lane.

    Both Jake and Lucy, who are handled by reserve deputy Karl Allen, struck a trail, but were diverted from that track to a search for a missing person on Catoe Road.