Today's News

  • AJ, IL bands to compete in state finals

    The marching bands from Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each vie for state championships on Saturday.  

    AJ’s Volunteer Regiment will compete for the Class 2A state title at Batesburg-Leesville High School just outside Columbia.

    The Indian Land marching band will vie for the Class 1A title at Woodmont High School in Piedmont.


    The Volunteer Regiment earned a berth to the state finals after finishing fifth in the 2A Upper State preliminaries last weekend in Boiling Springs.

  • IL, AJ high bands compete in state finals

    The marching bands at Indian Land High and Andrew Jackson High schools placed sixth and 12th, respectively, at their state finals competitions on Oct. 31.

    Indian Land High’s show theme this year featured a mixture of different music styles and was called “Danse.”

    Director Mathew Willis said the band ended the season at state finals with a strong performance.

  • City votes on police fitness policy

    Lancaster police officers will be held to the physical standards that were initially suggested in a policy proposal earlier this year.

    Lancaster City Council voted 3-4 against a motion to accept a revised version of the Lancaster Police Department’s Physical Abilities Test.

    Last year, Police Chief Hugh White was allowed to begin implementing the testing program, which had been set to take effect this July. But before that effective date, council members Tamara Green and Kenny Hood asked for the policy to be revised.

  • Faile makes presentation at national sheriff's conference

    Sheriff Barry Faile recently told 24 sheriffs from across the nation about his agency’s initiative to create an information database with York County and nine North Carolina counties around Charlotte.

    Faile attended the 97th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute, sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association and National Institute of Corrections, from Sept. 20-26 in Longmont, Colo. The training and travel costs are free to attending sheriffs.

  • Dingler shares love of reading

    To Karen Dingler, nouns, verbs and adjectives are more than just words.

    They’re ingredients that allow you to go from one place to another – opening up a world you’ve never seen before.

    Dingler tries to share that passion with her students in hopes they’ll become lifelong readers. And, apparently, she’s doing a good job.

    Dingler, an English teacher at Buford Middle School, is the districtwide winner of the 2009 Celebrate Great Teaching award. It’s the highest honor the Lancaster County School District gives to its educators.

  • Meteorologist visits Erwin Elementary fourth-graders

    Enter Kelly Franson’s world – one made up of ever-changing forecasts and weather instruments many people can’t pronounce.

    Franson, a meteorologist with WBTV channel 3 in Charlotte, visited Erwin Elementary School on Oct. 14, when she talked to fourth-graders about her career in weather.

    An Idaho native, Franson has been working at WBTV for about two years. Before then, she had worked at two TV stations in her home state.  

  • New transportation service now rolling

    Blue and green are the colors now officially linked to a new avenue for transportation in the county.

    The Lancaster Area Ride Service, or LARS – which has been in the works for four years – had its unveiling Tuesday morning at the County Administration Building.

    LARS will transport non-Medicaid recipients to appointments to licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. The service is available to people of all ages, with fares as low as $2.

  • Bryan Coburn brought a sense of humor and enthusiasm to the stage that captivated the audience Tuesday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Coburn, the 2009 S.C. Teacher of the Year, was guest speaker during the Lancaster County School District’s opening assembly for teachers.

    Coburn told the crowd it’s his dedication and toughness that really helps him be effective.

  • Participation up for Veterans Day parade

    All the loose ends have been tied and organizers expect strong participation at Saturday’s Veterans Day parade, which will run through downtown Lancaster.

    This year’s parade will begin at White and Arch streets, then to Main Street and end at the American Legion building on South Main Street.

    The parade will start at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9 a.m. at the Humana (Kanawha) parking lot on Arch Street. After the parade, a program will follow at the American Legion Building.

  • Memorial to be rededicated

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs will rededicate the Blue Star Memorial in Lancaster during a service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Building on South Main St., Lancaster.

    A veteran from every war from World War II to the present will speak at the ceremony. Speakers will include Margaret “Peggy” Howell Heath, U.S. Navy; Carl Parker, U.S. Army;  Edward Coy Williams, U.S. Air Force, Scott Cato and William “Bill” Summer, National Guard.