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Today's News

  • Pickle jar changed my future

    The pickle jar was a fixture in my parent’s bedroom. It sat on the floor beside the dresser and when Dad got ready for bed, he would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar.

    The sounds that pocket change made as they were dropped into the jar were always fascinating. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. However, the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled.

  • Buford, AJ cheer squads compete for Class A-AA Lower State title

    Cheer teams at Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools will be bidding to earn a berth to the Class A-AA state cheer competition on Saturday.

    Buford High School, the defending Class A-AA Lower State champion, will be defending its title at Lexington High School.

    The Jackets’ squad, led by veteran coach Julie Thompson, has done well during its cheer competition this fall, including a first at the Trojan Invitational in Rock Hill earlier this fall.

  • LHS’s Thompson makes plays

    It’s no secret the Lancaster High School defense has been a major factor in the playoff-bound Bruins’ 8-3 season.

    Senior linebacker Dawan Thompson has played a key role in the LHS stop unit’s sound play.

    Through 11 games, Thompson, a North-South All-Star game selection, has racked up 95 tackles, seven sacks, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery, which went for a touchdown in the Bruins’ 9-0 homecoming win over Ridge View.

  • ComForcare partners with MS Society

    ComForcare Senior Services

    ComForcare Senior Services has been selected as the preferred provider for Care Management Services for the Charlotte metro area for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter serves 7,400 people living with multiple sclerosis in South Carolina and the western portion of North Carolina.  

  • Officers arrest man wanted for murder in Mexico

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office helped catch an illegal immigrant charged with murder in Mexico.

    The suspect, Felipe Valdivia, 33, is expected to be deported to Mexico this week. He is accused of beating a 62-year-old lemon farmer to death in Veracruz, Mexico.

    According to sheriff’s office incident reports, investigators learned about the case in April from an informant.

  • School fall festival Saturday

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    If you’re looking for a good time as well as a chance to win a coveted video game system, come out to McDonald Green Elementary School on Saturday.

    The school is hosting its second annual Family Fall Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Children will have access to inflatable rides, rock wall climbing and the highly anticipated Whizzer ride, in which four occupants move a lever forward and backward to propel themselves.

  • Firing range to be updated

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    A recent federal grant hit the bullseye for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The $89,435 grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, will allow the sheriff’s office to do state-of-the-art renovations at the existing firing range, at the Lancaster city limits. The range is shared by the Lancaster Police Department.

    The grant does not require a match from Lancaster County.

  • Stay warm, $ave money

    Although winter doesn’t start until Dec. 21, there are some no-cost and low-cost steps that can be taken to reduce household energy consumption and costs on a daily basis.

    Take advantage of heat from the sun

    – Open curtains on your south-facing windows during daylight hours to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

    Cover drafty windows

  • County agrees to maintain two more roads

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    County Council recently approved taking care of more roads.

    There has been recent debate over what roads Lancaster County will accept for maintenance.

    County officials say the county has little money for road maintenance. Council voted 4-2 to accept roads from the Arlington and Clairemont subdivisons in Indian Land at its Nov. 2 meeting.

    Arlington resident Jim Campbell asked County Council to accept the roads.

  • School drops nuts from menu

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    When Nathan Powell was just a toddler, his mother, Cristy, tried to gave him a peanut butter cracker for a snack. He wasn’t interested in eating it, but where it touched his skin, he immediately developed hives.

    At the doctor’s office later, Cristy learned how close she came to losing her son. If he had ingested it, he likely would have died, she said.

    Nathan is one of nine Indian Land Elementary School students with a potentially fatal peanut allergy.