Today's News

  • AJ’s Wright, James lead boys honors

    The 2016-17 Lancaster County boys basketball season belonged to the Andrew Jackson Volunteers.

    AJ veteran head coach Danny Wright and Vols junior star Dontarius James led the way in county hardwood success.

    Wright is The Lancaster News boys’ basketball Coach of the Year and James is The News’ Player of the Year.

  • Column: Mullikin gets backing of top Mulvaney aide

    I am endorsing Tom Mullikin to replace U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s 5th District. My reasoning is simple: Tom is the best man for the job.
    That said, this is not an endorsement I take lightly, nor did I decide to lend my support without great reflection and consideration. Fact is, I have other friends in the district who are also campaigning for Mick’s former House seat.

  • Column: Republicans obstructed Obama? In many cases, they enabled him

    In his March 20 response to my earlier article, Michael Jedson contends that the Republicans said “no to anything/everything Obama tried to get through Congress.”
    What about the $800 billion stimulus approved in 2009 that disappeared into big bank bailouts and crony projects like Solyndra without creating many shovel-ready jobs or green-energy programs?
    What about Obama’s two Supreme Court appointments, which many Republicans supported? One of them boasted of having a Hispanic and feminist agenda in her mind, which should have disqualified her.

  • Andrew Jackson VI to speak in Lancaster

    As part of Lancaster County’s celebration of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday this year, Tennessee Judge Andrew Jackson VI will speak at the Cultural Arts Center this Thursday.
    Judge Jackson is a frequent lecturer on Andrew Jackson at schools, civic groups and at The Hermitage, the seventh president’s historic Tennessee home in Nashville.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in federal straw-purchase case

    A Lancaster man has followed his girlfriend’s example and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to his role in a plot to straw-purchase a firearm.
    Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Columbia to one count of conspiracy to make a straw purchase of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said in a release.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis will sentence Shrader after reviewing a presentencing report from the U.S. Probation Office, Drake said.

  • Suspended license prompts heroin trafficking charges

    KERSHAW – Two Kershaw men were charged with heroin trafficking and other drug offenses after a traffic stop Tuesday on South Hampton Street.
    Derrick Lamonz Miller, 25, and Jamarr Ebae Stover, 33, are charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute amphetamine salts (Adderall). Miller was also charged with driving under suspension.

  • Harrisburg Elementary teacher will not be charged

    Harrisburg Elementary teacher Elizabeth Goodin, who was placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of improper discipline, will not be charged, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Goodin, 26, submitted her resignation, effective April 1, after being placed on leave.
    According to a sheriff’s office report, Goodin was accused by a teacher’s aide of spanking a child twice on the buttocks and once on the lower back.

  • Cops, jailers reaching out to understand mentally ill

    Once, when Melanie Odom was at Clemson University, she thought she had discovered a mathematical way to predict the future, and that the government was coming to steal it.
    As a professor was trying to get her some help, she was in an auto accident. She ran across four lanes of traffic, still clutching the sandwich she had been eating.
    “Why are you fleeing the scene of an accident!” yelled a police officer at the scene. As he approached her, she began tearing the sandwich into little pieces and throwing them at him.

  • Accrediting team gives schools big check mark

    The Lancaster County School District received its five-year accreditation assessment this week and received a glowing review, ranking it in the top 15 percent of school systems in the country.
    LCSD received an overall score of 302 from nonprofit accrediting agency AdvancED – 7.6 percent higher than the average score among all school systems assessed.
    “It’s great when people recognize good things,” said Lydia Quinn, LCSD executive director of planning and accountability.

  • Those moved by her death place stone at Soren’s grave

    When they learned that Soren Chilson’s grave had no marker, Lancaster County’s law enforcement community passed the hat and bought a pink granite memorial to honor her short life.
    It was installed Tuesday in the cemetery at Antioch Baptist Church.
    “I think the thing that moved a lot of people with Soren was the fact that she’s a child, and the manner in which she was killed, what she went through,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Campbell, who spearheaded the effort.