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Today's News

  • Man gets 40 years in shooting death

    A Lancaster County jury found a 38-year-old Lancaster man guilty of murder after about 30 minutes of deliberations Wednesday.

    The jury convicted Jerry McGriff of the December 2006 shooting death of Lamont Witherspoon, 32.

    McGriff was also convicted of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol after two and half days of testimony.

  • Schools would like a cut of developer fees

    School district officials talked with County Council members Monday about receiving a piece of the pie when it comes to the development fees the county collects.

    Council and school officials have suggested a 60/40 split in the development fees the county collects from developers per new house. If the county collects $10,000 per home, for example, $4,000 of that would go to the school district.

  • Warriors' Hunter earns Class A state medalist

    Indian Land High School senior golfer Chase Hunter etched his name in Warriors’ athletic history at the Class A state golf tournament earlier this week.Hunter, with a three-over 147, won the Class A individual state championship at The Links at Stoney Point Golf Club in Greenwood.

  • New IL grad site pricey

    With Indian Land High School's graduation now at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, you may wonder how the change affects the cost – and who's picking up the tab.

    The school's May 30 graduation ceremony was planned for Winthrop's Byrnes Auditorium, but that building will be closed for renovations. The school's graduation had been held at Byrnes for the past several years.

    After a senior class vote last month, Winthrop Coliseum was picked as the new venue over Indian Land High's gymnasium and stadium.

    Money matters

  • Blazers sign Trueheart

    When Lancaster High School girls basketball star Miteka Trueheart made her recent recruiting visit to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, it was, in basketball terms, “a slam dunk.”“The school is nice and I felt like part of the family,” said Trueheart, who signed with the Conference USA Blazers on Wednesday at LHS. “There was a nice vibe there. We just seem to bond.“The basketball program is up and coming,” she said. “I like the team and coaches.

  • Seniors shouldn't have to pay for administrator's mistake

    In response to the article pertaining to the ILHS graduation, we have to say that the way the “uncertainty” period and decision-making was handled is not as written in the article.

    In the news release, it appears the school administrators had everything under control and that there was no reason for concern on the students’ or parents’ part, when, in fact, the administrators were fumbling with their process on how to handle the situation and were the ones who put the students “up in arms” over graduation.

  • Vols advance to battle Bishops

    The Andrew Jackson boys soccer team advanced to third-round play in the Class AA Lower State playoffs with a 2-1 win over Barnwell at Volunteer Stadium on Thursday night.

  • Paramedics win first-place award in state competition

    A gunman opens fire inside a school.

    When paramedics arrive, six people are wounded and need medical attention. One person is already dead, but will anybody else survive?

    Which victims need treatment sooner than others?

    Quick assessments of a situation and appropriate care sometimes make the difference between life and death. In this particular simulation, Greg Robinson and Kelly Snipes' judgment was considered the best.

  • Lady Vols, Lady Warriors see seasons end

    A pair of upstart Chesterfield County teams halted the postseason softball runs of Andrew Jackson and Indian Land on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Granata maps it out for county

    Kevin Granata, geographic information systems director for Lancaster County, has a large flat-screen TV on his desk.

    It's not for entertainment, but to keep track of the maps Granata works on as part of his job. These maps are important for tax purposes, land sales and voter registration.

    In fact, it was county election official Cassie Stump who nominated Granata, 31, for county Employee of the Quarter.

    "He's very helpful, very accommodating, friendly and always in a good mood," Stump said. "He's also very knowledgeable about computers and helps me out a lot."