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Today's News

  • He saved her life, and she won’t stop saying thanks

    Thomas Burdette has saved quite a few lives in 22 years as a paramedic.
    Usually he never sees those people again. Occasionally someone will send a thank you note or stop by to shake his hand.
    Then there’s Daniela Pagan, who takes appreciation to a whole new level.
    Burdette was one of the first responders when Pagan suffered a massive heart attack 15 months ago, and Pagan won’t let him and the team at Lancaster County EMS forget her.

  • LHS student attends 4-H leadership conference

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Jasmine Blair, a 16-year-old junior at Lancaster High School, attended the Pinckney 4-H Leadership Conference at Clemson University last month.
    It was a weeklong dose of fun and learning, from whitewater rafting to making shoes for Ugandans to cultivating leadership skills.

  • Dance instruction for special-needs kids

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Encore Dance is now enrolling students for Dancing Without Limits, a new program designed to empower special-needs children through dance expression and movement.

    The hour-long classes begin next week and will take place weekly at Encore's Fort Mill studios on Tuesdays and at the Lancaster studios on Wednesdays.

  • Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

    I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.

  • 9/11 stair-climb fundraiser coming up

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a day most Americans will never forget. For two groups of Lancaster firefighters, it is a memory they will use next month to strengthen their own bonds and to raise money for the families of first responders who died that day.
    For the past four years, both groups have participated in the Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. This year’s event is Sept. 9.

  • Lancaster makes job offer to finance director finalist

    The city of Lancaster could have a new finance director in the next few days.
    Lancaster City Council unanimously agreed to offer the job to Daniel Driggers on Tuesday night after meeting behind closed doors to discuss finalists.
    A Columbia native, Driggers is the former chief financial officer for Richland County, where he oversaw an annual budget of more than $300 million.

  • 40-year term in child-sex case stymied for 15 years

    After awaiting trial since 2002 in the backlogged Sixth District, a Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday for child molestation that spanned a decade and started when the victim was 3 years old.
    Guadalupe Guzman Morales, 46, of 1147 Paladin Road, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

  • Bats creeping out kids, staff at Great Falls school

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Chester County school officials are working to eliminate a problem with bats in the cafeteria and classroom areas at Great Falls Elementary School.
    School district Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gardner talked about the efforts at a recent meeting of the Facility Advisory Committee. The bats were a problem last school year, and the district tried to deal with the creepy creatures this summer.

  • Controversy over honoring Lancaster’s J. Marion Sims

    Protesters in New York are demanding the removal of a Central Park statue honoring one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons, Dr. J. Marion Sims, citing his experimental surgeries on slaves in the mid-1800s.
    And the mayor of Columbia is making the same point about a Sims monument at the S.C. Capitol.
    In a nationally televised interview last week, Mayor Steve Benjamin said the most “wholly offensive” statue on the State House grounds isn’t a Confederate monument.

  • 2 arrested in 17-year-old’s killing

    Two Lancaster men have been charged in the Aug. 18 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon.