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Today's News

  • Van Wyck plans homecoming for Crawford

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck community is celebrating a favorite son – Shawn Crawford – with a homecoming celebration at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the community center.

    "He has accomplished something no one else in Lancaster County has," said Betty Broome.

    Crawford won a silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. He won a gold and silver medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games in track events.

    Crawford will be honored by local dignitaries and former coaches. Gov. Mark Sanford is sending a statement of congratulations.

  • Man, 88, robbed after giving man a ride

    A Lancaster man faces several charges after deputies say he robbed an 88-year-old man Friday afternoon.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Brian James Hinson, 31, of 1523 Virginia St., with kidnapping, strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery, third-offense petty larceny, forgery, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

    Hinson is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond information was unavailable at press time Tuesday afternoon.

  • Candidates focus on education, jobs in Senate District 16 race

    The two candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat are each focused on improving education, reducing unemployment and creating new jobs.

    Republican candidate Mick Mulvaney, the first-term incumbent state District 45 House representative, and Democratic candidate Mandy Powers Norrell will square off in the Nov. 4 race. The winner will succeed Greg Gregory, the Lancaster Republican who has held the seat for 16 years. Gregory is not seeking re-election.

  • Fire safety expo is Saturday

    Lt. Tony Gainer is looking forward to educating Lancaster residents about fire safety.

    As chairman of the 14th Annual Fire Safety Expo and a firefighter with the Lancaster Fire Department, Gainer will be one of several firefighters, police and rescue workers on hand to teach fire prevention and safety Saturday at the Wal-Mart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass. The expo attracted more than 3,000 people last year and Gainer hopes to exceed that number this year.

    "It's getting bigger every year," Gainer said. "It's a big day to come and meet the people who serve the general public."

  • Huck Finn on trial at ILHS

    More than 100 years after Mark Twain's character Huckleberry Finn floated down the Mississippi River with runaway slave Jim, he faced trial at Indian Land High School.

    English teacher Josh Bowers conducted the trial of Finn for crimes against the state of Missouri with members of his pre-advanced placement class serving as witnesses, attorneys, jury, court reporter and bailiff.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, a Lancaster attorney and the Democratic candidate for the District 16 state Senate seat, presided as judge.

  • LHS's Foster honored by Tri-County Coaches

    Lancaster High School sophomore defensive lineman Daniel Foster was the lone county player to earn honors at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association.Foster, in the Bruins’ 30-0 Senior Night win over Nation Ford of Fort Mill, notched 14 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pressure passer.“Daniel had a solid game for us and was a key reason for a shutout,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “Our defense has played well this season and we need them to continue that sound play.

  • Musical comedy explores a variety of relationships

    A musical comedy exploring the mystery of romantic relationships premieres this weekend in Lancaster.

    The production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," sponsored by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, focuses on a variety of relationships, from first dates to married life. The play originally premiered last year as part of a fundrasier production and was received very well.

  • Mulvaney stands with S.C. families

    It has become unpopular these days to talk about family values and even more unpopular for politicians to take a stand for them. Rep. Mick Mulvaney has proven to be a proud social conservative as well a fiscal conservative. Mandy Powers Norrell is proud to be pro-abortion (even defending John Kerry’s vote to keep potential partial birth abortion legal), openly opposed the marriage amendment (which passed S.C. by 80 percent) and is happy to grow a more intrusive government.

  • Buford Middle students make reading count

    Chalk up a state title for Buford Middle School. What makes this honor so impressive is that it came when school wasn’t in session – over the summer.

    During the Buford Middle School students’ down time over the 2008 summer break, they were cracking books and opening them to more than 1 million pages read.

    Buford Middle School is this year’s statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest.

    The initiative began last year as a way to encourage recreational reading over the summer.

  • This is not the time for distraction politics

    I learned a good bit last week about what’s wrong with government.

    First, I went to my opponent’s 75-minute “education issues forum.” I heard two sentences about education (my opponent likes charter schools, by the way). The other 74 minutes and 45 seconds were spent talking about some guy from New York who donated $50,000 to a House campaign in Landrum last spring.

    Then, I got a bizarre e-mail falsely accusing me of “digging for dirt” on my opponents’ 9-year-old son.