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Today's News

  • USCL awards diplomas in ceremony

    Saturday's graduation at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a big step for Jeremy Stroud.

    The 33-year-old history major tried his luck at college several years ago, but says he didn't have the focus to succeed. After going from city to city playing in a small rock band, he realized it was time to go back to school and work toward a career.

    He was awarded an associate's in science degree during the ceremony at USCL's Bundy Auditorium.

    The keynote address from former Gov. Jim Hodges resonated with Stroud.

  • BES reports MRSA case

    A case of MRSA was confirmed in a Buford Elementary School student last week.

    Lancaster County School District spokesman David Knight said the female student left school sick on Tuesday and the diagnosis was confirmed later that day with school officials being informed.

    That afternoon, as per standard procedure, areas of the school that could have been contaminated were cleaned, Knight said.

  • Community observes National Day of Prayer

    Kelly McCorkle Parkinson says prayer helped her to face barriers that many people thought she would never overcome.

    Parkinson, the 2002 Miss South Carolina, was diagnosed with dyslexia and auditory processing disability when she was 5.

    Teachers told her mother that she would never graduate and that the family should make alternate plans for her life.

    She took dance classes as a youngster, but instructors said she was wasting her money – as they believed she would never be able to keep up.

  • CHS Rams win III-A golf title

    Chesterfield shot a 319 to capture the Conference III-A golf title on Wednesday.The Rams were led by tournament medalist Dalton Harper who shot a 78. Ian Harper, an all-region pick, followed with a 79 to boost CHS. Cody Gainey also earned all-region honors for the Rams with an 80.Great Falls was second with a 359.

  • Budget funds new IL staff

    Lancaster County's budget is 5 percent higher than last year's, and much of the increase will cover personnel increases in the Panhandle.

    County Council will consider first reading of the $30.2 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year Monday night. Last year's budget was $28.9 million.

    "Most of that's for Indian Land," said County Finance Director Veronica Thompson.

    In its current form, the budget calls for no tax increase, but the budget may be revised between first and final reading. It often is.

    What's in, what's not in budget?

  • Fire department to flush hydrants

    The Lancaster Fire Department will flush and test all fire hydrants in the city starting Monday.

    This procedure cleans sediment out of the water mains and tests to ensure the system is working properly.

    This service is completed weekdays to minimize its impact on the water customers.

    While a hydrant is being flushed, nearby residents may experience a drop in water pressure. This is normal and to be expected.

    There may be some discoloration of the water after the flushing. This discoloration is temporary and not harmful.

  • Lancers gearing up for first campaign

    The University of South Carolina-Lancaster baseball team won't play a game for another five months, but the program's first-ever team is beginning to take shape.

    By the time the Lancers host open tryouts in August, USC-L coach Mike Prochaska said he will likely have 55 players.

    Since January, Prochaska has been working with a group of 13 USCL students who are striving to be a part of the team.

    The number actually was 30, but is now down to 13.

  • ILES celebrates Earth Day

    INDIAN LAND – The EcoWarriors of Indian Land Elementary School held their third annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 to encourage students and residents to do what they can to help the planet.

    Fifteen kindergarten through fifth-grade students are in the club, which sponsors the school's recycling efforts.

    The group reported that it has collected 3,570 bottles and 867 cans this school year, in addition to 1,690 pounds of paper.

  • Kershaw woman vies for state NAACP Woman of the Year

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw NAACP Woman of the Year is Dianne McGriff, and she thinks she's got what it will takes to win on the state level and, in turn, be competitive nationally.

    McGriff, who recently won the title from the Kershaw NAACP, is now charged with raising as much money as she can in four weeks to try to win the NAACP's S.C. State Conference Woman of the Year. She will vie for that honor with other title holders from local branches across the state.

  • Soccer teams open playoffs

    County soccer teams launch their state title hopes this week as postseason play opens in all classes.The girls begin playoff action Monday, with the boys’ teams slated to open play Tuesday.Andrew Jackson and Indian Land will have girls’ teams involved in the Class AA playoffs.The IL girls host Greenville Tech in the opening round Monday at 6 p.m.