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Today's News

  • Think seriously about curfew

    Years ago a television anchor would say, "It's 10:30 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" We have another question. What is a 13-year-old girl doing out on the streets at 3 a.m.?

    There she was, on a Heath Springs street, with seven other young people, said Vincent Webb, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy. Webb's job is to police the town of Heath Springs.

    Unless they are committing a crime there is nothing illegal about youngsters being out that time at night.

  • Editor needs to keep political feelings out of headlines

    I noticed two headlines on the opinion page in the Jan. 30 edition of The Lancaster News that require comment.

  • Burnettes office on White Street yields high returns

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  • City OKs purchase of pickup truck for police department

    Lancaster City Council voted to nix one vehicle purchase in favor of another Jan. 22.

    Police Chief Hugh White explained the need for a watch commander vehicle, instead of a third patrol car in this year's capital improvement budget.

    Council approved the request 6-0. Councilman Preston Blackmon was absent.

  • Jackets swarm Raiders, 59-0

    From Staff Reports

    The Buford High School wrestling team opened the Class AA Lower State postseason dual tournament in impressive fashion, taking a 59-0 win over Keenan High School of Columbia on Wednesday night at BHS.

    The Jackets had the match won before it actually began since the Raiders had only five wrestlers.

    In those matches, the Jackets, who improved to 12-8, outscored Keenan 23-0.

    Taylor Banks and Lamont McPhearson won on pins, while Devin Starnes and Josh Roberts each had a decision. Josh Ferguson prevailed on a superior decision.

  • Vandals damage sheriff's office patrol car

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is trying to find out who spray painted "666" and "pig" on one of its cruisers.

    Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday, someone vandalized the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria assigned to Deputy Vincent Webb, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said. The numbers "666" appear on the vehicle nearly 10 times.

    Some people consider 666 as the number of the beast, as explained in the Book of Revelations.

    The vandalism happened while the car was parked in Webb's driveway.

  • USCL to celebrate Black History Month

    Organizers of a local Black History Month celebration want you to get a thorough dosage of the African-American experience and are starting from where it all began - Africa.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster's The African American Odyssey, a month-long celebration, kicks off today with a memorial tribute to Dr. Asa Hilliard.

    Hilliard was a psychologist, historian, professor and a founding member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. Hilliard, who served as the association's first vice president, died last August.

  • Hodge just ducky after state calling win

    You know the old saying: If it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck...

    Or maybe not.

    It may just be Blake Hodge playing around in his front yard.

    Blake, 12, quacked his way to the South Carolina junior duck calling championship at a Jan. 20 competition in Georgetown. With his win, he advances to the world championship in Arkansas in November.

    Blake had to perform a duck call in under 90 seconds. Competitors enter a makeshift duck blind, where a light is turned on. When the light goes off, the caller begins his routine.

  • Council fills two vacancies on planning commission

    County Council members appointed two new members to the Lancaster County Planning Commission on Monday.

    Planning Commission Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, and members Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 resigned during the commission's monthly work session Jan. 10.

  • Powers-Norrell to run for Senate seat

    Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers-Norrell formally announced Thursday that she will be a candidate for the state Senate District 16 seat.

    The office has been held by Greg Gregory, a Republican, since 1992, but Gregory announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election this year.

    Surrounded by family, friends and supporters – particularly public school educators – Powers-Norrell announced she'd be running for the seat as a Democrat. She made her announcement in front of about 50 people at Discovery School.