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Today's News

  • Second annual KLS Walk set for Saturday

    It’s been a year since the first walk in memory of Ryan McKinney, and during the second annual walk Saturday, progress will be celebrated and new goals highlighted.

    Starting at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster High School track, the public is asked to stop by for three hours of fun, learning and remembering the life of McKinney, a former Lancaster High School student who died of a heart attack in February 2006 while hospitalized in Columbia. He was only 19.

  • Encourage lawmakers to oppose REAL ID

    I am deeply distressed that the entire S.C. House of Representatives adopted a resolution (H. 4822) requesting that Gov. Mark Sanford apply for an extension of the deadline to comply with the federal REAL ID Act because the S.C. General Assembly passed a bill, signed into law on June 13, 2007, saying that the state shall not participate in its implementation.

  • County population grows by 20 percent

    Despite a slight decrease in housing permits issued here, the population of Lancaster County continues to grow, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

    The 2000 Census showed the population of the county at 61,351. In July 2006, after a challenge by the county that it had grown more than the estimated 63,628 population, the population was estimated at 71,723.

    Now, the county’s population is estimated at 73,393, an almost 20 percent population increase since 2000, Willis said.

  • Lady Bruins sweep to track victories

    The Lancaster High School girls track team compiled 133.5 points to win a four-way meet.

    Indian Land was second with 44.5 points, North Central and Lewisville followed with 20 points each.

    Following are the meet results:

    4x100: 1. LHS, 53.19 (Eldrina McIlwain, Miteka Trueheart, Brittany Steward, Porsha Cloud), 2. IL 54.72

    4x800: 1. LHS, 13:08.89 2. IL 15:54.34

    100HH: 1. Mariah Williams (IL), 17.75; 2. Tyesha Elder (L), 18.59

    100m: 1. Keiosha Robinson (L), 12.38; 3. Eldrina McIlwain (L), 13.09

  • Blackwood blazes in LMS young guns win

    The old adage “third times the charm” held true for Lancaster Motor Speedway fans and drivers Saturday night.

    After two straight rainouts, clear skies greeted the eager crowd as the 2008 season opened.

    First up was LMS’s newest class, “young guns.” This division was started to give younger drivers a chance to cut their teeth before facing veteran drivers.

  • Buford, AJ advance in Azalea

    Buford and Andrew Jackson have advanced to the single-elimination title round of the 18th annual Azalea Invitational softball tournament at Summerville.

    The Lady Jackets of Buford are 2-2 and used a 5-3 win over Williamsport, Pa., to move on to a game with Hartsville today at 9 a.m.

    AJ, which went 2-2 in pool play, plays Berea at 9 a.m.

    BHS sophomore hurler Jena Hallman struck out 12 Williamsport batters in posting the win Tuesday.

    Hallman allowed nine hits, three runs and no walks. Hallman aided her cause with two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

  • Thomas, Starnes file for House seat

    Two Democrats are competing for the state House District 45 seat.

    County Council District 2 representative Fred Thomas, 44, and Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes, 58, have both filed for the seat with the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

    Fighting for jobs

    Thomas is serving his second term on Lancaster County Council.

    Before serving on County Council, Thomas also served as the state ombudsman for SCDAODAS, one of Gov. Jim Hodges' cabinet agencies.

  • 911 Driving School opening soon

    By Chris McGinn For The Lancaster News

    Parents of wannabe teen drivers can breathe a sigh of relief. A new business serving the area offers to take the task of training student drivers to the next level.

    The 911 Driving School, located in Fort Mill, offers teen driving courses taught exclusively by law enforcement professionals, including state troopers and local police officers.

    S.C. Highway Patrol officer Jeremy Sisler, an Indian Land resident, is the school's training director. His brother, Matt, owns the driving school.

  • USCL reveals master plan

    Nearly a dozen new buildings could adorn the campus of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the near future.

    In September, The Boudreaux Group, an architectural firm in Columbia, began working on a master plan for USCL that includes more administrative and classroom buildings, new health services facilities and student housing.

    The master plan sketches were developed based on USCL's newly created strategic plan, which USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano introduced before Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center.

  • Arts Draw seeks to draw a crowd

    Lancaster resident Savannah Cudd is a little nervous about Friday night.

    For the first time, Cudd's art will be on display in her hometown, as part of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' Spring Arts Draw. Cudd's work will be on display at Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio on East Gay Street.

    Cudd, 24, said her interest in art began early.

    "Ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon," she said.