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Today's News

  • Rec stars to launch postseason play

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth football all-star teams open postseason play Monday.

    The Lancaster County North small fry all-stars, ages 8-9-10, launch play at Fort Mill High School where they face Tega Cay at 6:30 p.m.

    The game is the first of a small fry all-star football twin bill involving county teams.

    The Lancaster County South small fry all-stars launch their hopes with a 7:45 p.m. game with Leroy Springs Recreation.

    The winners will advance to the second round later this month.

  • 2008 High School exit exam scores improve

    Lancaster County students who took the high school exit exam for the first time in 2008 performed better than those who took the test a year before, according to state data released last week.

    A little more than 77 percent of 10th graders in Lancaster County School District passed the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program, or HSAP, this year. That’s a jump from 2007, when 75.8 percent of 10th graders passed both sections.

  • HOPE honors volunteers at annual banquet

    For 25 years, many locals have worked tirelessly to ensure HOPE of Lancaster is able to assist those in need in the community.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, puts on an annual banquet as a way to show appreciation for its volunteers. This year’s banquet was held Tuesday night at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • AJ's Faile signs with Pats

    KERSHAW – The mid-afternoon buzz in the Andrew Jackson High School media center Friday wasn’t just about the end of the school week.

    It was more about the start of a college athletic career as Lady Volunteers’ star shortstop Tristan Faile signed a softball scholarship to play at Francis Marion University.

    A beaming Faile signed her papers as happy teammates, teachers, family and AJ principal Mary Barry and Lady Vols’ softball coach Steve Middleton witnessed her signing with the NCAA Division II school in Florence.

  • Educators receive state arts awards

    Two Lancaster County educators have received recognition from the S.C. Art Educators Association.

    David Platts, fine arts specialist for the Lancaster County School District, and Teresa Petty, art teacher at Indian Land Middle School, were recognized at a reception at the Springs House on Tuesday.

    ‘A job I believe in’

    Platts, 41, received the SCAEA’s art administrator of the year award.

  • Two men shot near county line Friday

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about two shooting victims on Red Oak Road on Friday afternoon.

    Two people were reportedly shot in Kershaw County and ended up on Red Oak Road in Lancaster County, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland.

    One victim was shot in the lung or abdomen, and the other was grazed on the head, Holland said.

    A neighbor called 911 about 4:30 p.m. to report the incident after seeing the men lying in a yard. 

  • Artisan's Center to receive hospitality funding from City Council

    The Artisan’s Center on Main Street is one step closer towards becoming an arts hub for the city of Lancaster.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved $24,000 in funding Tuesday to help relocate art classes from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to the new Artisan’s Center. The funding will come from Lancaster’s hospitality fund.

    Helen Sowell, city administrator, said city council will most likely wait to give the funding to the center, until Lancaster County Council decides on a similar motion.

  • Living history speaks at AJ Middle School

    Manfred Katz doesn’t want to see the day when people will doubt the Holocaust ever existed.

    Katz thinks younger generations may not believe that millions of Jews were forced to live in sub-human conditions. He believes people may doubt that a widespread program was used for nearly five years simply to eliminate one group of people.

    That fear of disbelief has driven Katz to tell his story.

  • Council to take up blue laws at Monday meeting

    Lancaster merchants may not have a blue Christmas this year.

    Lancaster County Council is holding a special meeting Monday to vote on first reading of an ordinance to repeal the state’s blue laws through Jan. 4, 2009.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the ordinance was brought up by staff for County Council to consider, in hopes of keeping Lancaster County merchants competitive with those in surrounding counties.