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Today's News

  • 3 schools meet federal standard

    Just three of the 15 elementary and middle schools in Lancaster County School District met standards in 2008 for progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure.

    The state Department of Education released the data last week.

    Because of concerns over possible data corruptions, the department is delaying the release of the high school scores.

    Discovery School, McDonald Green Elementary and North Elementary School met AYP this year.

  • Crowd falls into fun at festival

    INDIAN LAND – It was sunshine and smiles at the third annual Fall into Fun festival in Indian Land on Saturday.

    The festival, which raises money for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, was moved this year from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hoped the move would make the fun more visible from U.S. 521 and draw an even bigger crowd.

    "I'm ecstatic," said ILMS Principal David McDonald. "We've got tons of room and everyone seems to be having a good time. We special-ordered the weather today."

  • Foundation awards adult literacy grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has made awards to 18 different community organizations in its adult literacy and responsive grants programs.

    "Communities in our giving area face a number of challenges on a variety of fronts," said foundation President Jim Morton. "We are pleased to be able to make these awards to deserving organizations for their efforts to meet many of these challenges."

    The foundation has awarded the following adult literacy and basic skills initiatives with grants:

  • $502,000 grant would pay to start new local transportation program

    More Lancaster County residents will have a ride to their medical appointments if the county receives a grant from the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    County Council will vote Monday to apply for the grant for Lancaster Health Ride, which will provide non-emergency transportation for county residents who don't receive Medicaid.

    Council discussed the plan at its Sept. 30 meeting.

    The grant would benefit senior citizens, as well as low-income residents, said Sharon Marshall of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, which assists the county in applying for grants.

  • Late score lifts Devils over Jackets

    GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Red Devils hosted the Buford Yellow Jackets in a Region III-A football game which kept the crowd guessing up until the game’s final moments.Great Falls, snapping a 14-all stalemate, scored the winning touchdown with 5:43 to play as Red Devils’ running back A.J.

  • Vols pluck Shamrocks in 28-7 victory

    KERSHAW – Offensive-minded Andrew Jackson exploded for 28 first-half points and rolled up 409 yards total offense in routing Eau Claire of Columbia, 28-7 on the Vols’ 2008 homecoming Friday night.Rifle-armed AJ senior quarterback Daniel Pardue threw three touchdown passes, including two to senior Justin Sellers. Pardue completed 12-26 passes for 209 yards to help the Vols even their record at 3-3, 1-0.Junior Trent Flowers ignited the packed homecoming crowd with an electrifying 72-yard opening kickoff return to the Rocks’ three.

  • Bruins ignite, blast Falcons

    A post-game fireworks show highlighted Lancaster High School’s military salute, but a late first-half Bruins’ points explosion sparked LHS to a 30-0 win over Nation Ford on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.LHS, clinging to a 3-0 lead, scored two touchdowns in a flash – 31 seconds to be exact – to take control on Bruins’ Senior Night.LHS senior running back Jamias Clark, who ran for 126 yards in 22 carries and scored twice, capped a 11-play, 69-yard drive with a seven-yard run to give the Bruins a 10-0 lead after senior place-kicker An

  • Sometimes, a bicycle will whizzer right on by

    One hot summer afternoon, our mailman showed up on the porch with the Fall and Winter catalog from Sears, Roebuck and Co.The best part of its arrival was that the honor of tearing off the brown wrapping belonged to me.I ripped the covering off, opened it and held it close to my face to smell the pages that were crammed full of all kinds of good stuff.Then, a sign straight from heaven gates descended down to our kitchen table.Bless Pete, it was a bona fide miracle; the pages fell open to the bicycle section.There in color – wa

  • Instead of complaining, help community

    A group of us wanted to respond to Sheila Bickford’s letter attacking Mick Mulvaney – and the rest of us – for helping mow the grass recently on U.S. 521.

    This was not a campaign “stunt.” The idea was brought up at our weekly Indian land Rotary group, of which Mick is a member. Rotary was planning to pick up trash on the road, but could not because the grass was too high. Several folks commented that mowing the grass would improve safety for kids and parents, especially around the school, and would also make our community look better.

  • Teen grateful to be alive after wreck

    On Aug. 20, two of my best friends and I were in a wreck. Gregory A. Summers, features editor, wrote about the wreck in his article,“Seatbelts protect teens in crash.”

    I would just like to thank him so much for that article. It meant a lot to have the paper waiting for me to read when I got home from the hospital two weeks later.

    I can’t remember much from the wreck. Most of what I know is from the article and told to me by my parents, my friends and their parents.