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Today's News

  • Those who are struggling need our help

    There was a story about the unemployment rate in Lancaster County dropping from 15.6 percent in December 2010 to 14.6 percent in January in the March 20 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Statistically, that appears to be good news – that our county’s jobless rate dropped 1 percent. But those statistics mean nothing to those who’ve lost their jobs, exhausted their unemployment benefits and drained their 401k and bank accounts.

  • Open government promoted on Madison’s birthday

    I was recently honored by the S.C. State Library for my work in creating the state’s transparency website. It was part of an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and government agencies that advance the cause of open government.
     The ceremony was held on March 16, which was quite fitting. For one thing, March 16 is the birthday of James Madison, one of our nation’s earliest advocates of government transparency.

  • Remember When: I gotta recall his name

    Now let’s be honest. Age has its embarrassing moments. 

    Just the other day, I ran into a long-lost friend. 

    He walked up, shook my hand and said he was glad to see me. Shucks, we had not crossed paths since the 1950s.

    We’re about the same age and I was sure glad to see him, though our chance encounter was somewhat embarrassing. 

    For the life of me, I couldn’t recall his name and I am so ashamed. 

  • Meet Your Neighbor – Wayne Blakeney Sr.

    Age: 42

    Address: Taxahaw Road

    Family: A son, Wayne Blakeney Jr., 18, and a daughter, Shanequal Blakeney, 19  

    Pets: A dog, Spot

    Job: Lancaster County Maintenance

    Church: Rose Hill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Fishing and playing pool

    Favorite book: The Bible

    Favorite movie: Any comedy

  • Students recognized at awards ceremony

    When it comes to school spotlights, it’s often the academic whiz-kids at the front of the class who get the accolades, the outstanding athletes who gets the press, the kids at the back of the class who get the administrative attention.

    But what about all the other students, the A,B and C students in the so-called “middle rows?”

  • Inaccuracies found in report card

    The S.C. Department of Education upgraded Indian Land High School’s report card after officials discovered inaccuracies in their ratings.

    The change, which also affected 14 other state high schools and four school districts, raised ILHS’s “absolute rating” from “good” to “excellent.”

    Absolute ratings are a measure of overall student performance on standardized tests.

  • Elected officials discuss bleak economy at legislative breakfast

    Elected officials painted a bleak picture of the economy and other aspects of government for South Carolina and the nation during a special breakfast Friday morning in Lancaster. 

    State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, state Rep. Deborah Long, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney and S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl were the guest speakers at the 2011 Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. 

    The event was held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Course. 

    Federal problems 

  • Sheriff’s town hall attracts crowd

    Sammie Marshall has seen a lot during his years in the Elgin community, but there’s one thing he wishes he’d never see again – crime. 

    That’s why he and his wife, Fran, regularly attend meetings for the Elgin Crime Watch, held at St. Luke Methodist Church, gathering with local residents to share news and safety tips.

    But this week the Marshalls had another reason to gather, joining with at least 25 other neighbors and friends on Monday to hear a special presentation from Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. 

  • BHS Jackets jolt Braves

    Staff Reports

    The Buford Yellow Jackets, 4-2, improved to 3-1 in Region IV-AA play with a 7-2 road win over Cheraw on Friday night.

    BHS right-hander Colt Ellis went the distance, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks. He struck out five.

    Jacob Jamison paced the BHS offense with two hits, three runs batted in, two runs scored and  a stolen base.

    Ellis, Kholby Pate and Ricky Lewis each had a hit and drove in a run. Kendall Knight had a hit and scored two runs. Brett Estridge added a hit.

  • Stingers spoil USCL softball home opener

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    Much like the work on the new rest rooms at the Lancaster High School softball field, there’s work being done on the adjacent diamond.

    For the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers’ first-year softball program, it’s been a slow process with only three wins in 22 games.