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Today's News

  • Neal not running this term

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    After nearly 14 years representing Lancaster County and House District 44 in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal (D) said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012.
    Neal’s announcement came just two days after a Heath Springs business owner announced his intention to challenge Neal for the District 44 seat in this year’s general election.
    Neal, 69, said the decision to step down at the end of his seventh term in office was one he made months ago after careful consideration.

  • County Council to choose citizens committee

    Lancaster County Council will nominate a citizens committee to review a proposed firearms ordinance at its Monday meeting.
    Council will choose and appoint residents from Districts 1, 3 and 6 for a committee to discuss the creation of a negligent discharge of firearms ordinance.
    The proposed ordinance, which would place liability on a shooter if a round from a firearm leaves their property and causes damage or injury, was created in response to the shooting of a horse in the Panhandle last summer.

  • A school full of leaders

    With a mandate to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, modern education calls for more than simply teaching students the traditional “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic – especially when preparing them for the modern job market.
    With that in mind, Indian Land Elementary School, with help from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is considering a new leadership curriculum called “The Leader in Me.”

  • Democratic Party to hold meeting

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will hold its precinct reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the following locations:
    • Del Webb Library for those in Van Wyck, Belair, Belair II, Pleasant Valley and Pleasant Valley II
    • 212 Main St., for those in Antioch, Camp Creek, Chesterfield Avenue, Douglas, Dwight, Erwin Farm, Gooches Crossroads, Hyde Park, Jacksonham, Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Riverside, Springhill, Unity, Wylie Park

  • Legislators exempt themselves from Sunshine Law the created

    Reach Brundrett
    The Nerve
    When it comes to releasing public e-mails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games.
    In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes.

  • Lady Jackets hold off Rams

    BUFORD – The Buford girls prevailed in a thriller to push their hoops mark to 9-1 with a last-second win over Chesterfield on Friday night at BHS.
    The Lady Jackets’ 43-42 win gave Buford a split after the Jackets fell to the Rams in the nightcap.
    The Lady Jackets, with their fourth straight win, used key defense and clutch free throws to take the one-point win.
    Hannah Knight hit three of four free throws in a seven-second span to give the Lady Jackets a 43-39 lead with 12.6 seconds to play.

  • Volunteers take pair from Panthers

    Kevin Sims
    For The Lancaster News
    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson capped non-region play, posting a home sweep of Class A foe McBee High School on Friday night.
    The AJ girls, with a strong second-half effort, rolled to 52-37 win over the Lady Panthers.
    The Vols completed the sweep with a 63-37 victory over the Panthers in the nightcap.
    AJ, boosted by the play of sophomore guard Dustin Eddins who netted a game-high 23 points, forged a 35-19 halftime lead on the way to the 26-point win.

  • Thornwell's record effort keys Bruins

    Dylan Knight
    For The Lancaster News
    CHESTER – Second-ranked Lancaster used a record-shattering effort by junior star Sindarius Thornwell to complete a road sweep of Class AAA foe Chester on Friday night.
    Thornwell, regarded as the top junior player in the state, scored a school-record 47 points to pace the 14-1 Bruins to a 90-49 win over the Cyclones.
    The LHS girls opened the varsity twin bill with a 56-45 win over the Lady Cyclones.

  • IL Warriors honor fall sports standouts

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Fall’s finest took the spotlight at the annual Indian Land High School fall sports awards night Thursday evening in the school gym.
    A host of fall sports standouts were honored for their play during the season.
    The Indian Land High School football awards were led by record-setting senior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale, the state’s top rusher (2,120 yards)who earned the team MVP.

  • Man sentenced for possessing firearms

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
    Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.