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Today's News

  • Reeves took unusual road to the classroom

    KERSHAW – Counting money and handling deposits didn't bring Beth Reeves joy.

    After working at a bank for 15 years, she realized her calling wasn't accounting, but was in the world of education.

    So at age 32, Reeves left Wachovia and went back to school to earn a degree in elementary education. Today, she teaches sixth-grade science at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Kershaw.

  • Buford band spotlights Batman in 2008 show

    Thoughts of one of America's favorite fictional superheroes are sure to surface while watching the Buford High School marching band perform this season.

    Director Alan Bishop has chosen Batman as the theme for this year's marching show. The 2008 Yellow Jacket band has about 45 members this year – a major increase from 27 a year before.

    The songs in this year's show are "The Batman Theme" from the movie "Batman," "The Batman TV Theme" from the original television series and "Batmobile Chase," which is from the movie "Batman Begins."

  • Overtime costs for officers mount

    Lancaster police have logged hundreds of overtime hours to protect the Lancaster County Courthouse and buildings where court records are stored in the city since early August.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said his officers have spent more than 600 hours protecting key areas throughout the city since the Aug. 4 fire at the courthouse and the Aug. 7 fire at the 6th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal ordered around-the-clock security for the buildings where court records are stored shortly after the fires.

  • Buford students tackle 1M pages and win state reading award

    There were are a lot dedicated readers at Buford Middle School over the summer.

    In fact, the students and faculty read more than 1 million pages and have recently been recognized for their work.

    Buford Middle is this year's statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest. The initiative started last year as a way to encourage recreational reading during the summer.

    More than 8,000 students and 173 schools in South Carolina participated in this year's challenge, reading nearly 16 million pages.

  • Revised purchasing policy could expedite courthouse planning

    County Council is considering a change in its purchasing policies in preparation for building a new courthouse.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council will vote on an ordinance Monday night that will bring the county's purchasing policy more in line with the state's.

    The change would expedite the planning and building of a new courthouse.

    Instead of completing plans for a new courthouse before asking for bids from prospective contractors, the county would first ask for qualifications from builders.

  • County may soon use city transfer station full-time

    Lancaster County may soon have a permanent way to ease its trash concerns.

    Lancaster City Council, after an executive session Tuesday, approved a preliminary proposal to move forward with allowing Lancaster County to continue using the city's transfer station.

    The station, located at 1309 Lynwood Drive behind the Lancaster Public Works building, is a temporary holding building where trash is transferred after it is picked up curbside.

  • Q&A with County Administrator Steve Willis on courthouse plans

    Q: What is the status of architectural plans for the new courthouse?

    A: The architect, Stevens and Wilkinson, has drawn up a preliminary plan that includes a rough floor plan and a sketch of what the facade could look like.

    "It's not blueprints or anything like that," Willis said.

    County Council will view the plans this week, and if approved, they will be made public.

    "There's no sense in making the plans public and then council says, 'No way,'" Willis said.

  • Red Cross workers help storm victims

    Local American Red Cross workers continue to help in hurricane-stricken areas in Texas and Louisiana.

    Lancaster resident Robert Summers will soon be on his way home from his duties as a site manager in Houston, where Hurricane Ike hit hard. It's the first time he's ever served as a site manager in a disaster area.

    He coordinated about 107 Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention volunteers, who helped feed families affected by the storm. The storm knocked out electricity for thousands, tore down trees and blew roofs off of homes.

    Feeding storm victims

  • Bulldogs trip AJ in 24-14 win

    KERSHAW – Camden used a ball-control “grind-it-offense” to amass 437 yards of total offense and defeat pesky Andrew Jackson High School 24-14 at rain-soaked Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.The game was a defensive struggle as Camden’s Addison Harrelson’s 29-yard field goal was the only points of the first half.“We made a couple of mistakes tonight that probably would have been,” AJ coach Louis Clyburn said.

  • Turnovers thwart Bruins

    Opportunistic Northwestern High School rained on Lancaster High School’s football parade on a rainy Friday night.The second-ranked Trojans, 5-0, took advantage of LHS turnovers to knock the Bruins from the unbeaten ranks in a 27-7 win at Memorial Stadium.A trio of turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – helped NWHS build a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-point win.“We dug ourselves a hole and never recovered,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said.