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Today's News

  • Vols clip Eagles in home sweep

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

  • Kershaw cuts rental rate on ballroom

    KERSHAW – It’s now cheaper to rent the ballroom at Kershaw Country Club.
    Members of Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday night to cut the rental fee from $500 a day to $350. For the first time, half-day rentals will be available, for $250.
    The previous $100 deposit for reserving the ballroom has been slashed to $25. The deposit has been, and remains, refundable if the renter cleans up the room after using it.

  • Garbage hauling gets fancy in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – There’s nothing glamorous about picking up garbage, but the county’s smallest town is now doing it in grand style.
    Heath Springs last week took delivery on a $142,000, state-of-the-art 2017 Kenworth/Pak-Mor 20-yard residential garbage truck.
    “I gotta tell you, I like it,” said town employee Dan Knight. “This is something we needed.”
    Heath Springs doesn’t have property taxes to generate municipal revenue, so the truck’s $142,000 pricetag was no small matter.

  • Clinton gets $164K grant to expand kindergarten

    The Lancaster County School District has received a $164,000 grant from the S.C. Education Oversight Committee that will strengthen the 4-year-old kindergarten program at Clinton Elementary and start a Baby College to help even younger kids and their parents.
    Lancaster is one of 15 school districts in the state to get awards from the S.C. Community Block Grant for Education Pilot Program. The money will fund six initiatives across the state designed to improve or expand 4K programs.

  • ILHS promotes Blades to head coach

    INDIAN LAND – Horatio Blades, a former NFL linebacker who has been the Indian Land High School defensive coordinator for three years, is the Warriors’ new head football coach.
    “Coach Blades is a young man of very high character,” said ILHS Principal David Shamble. “His leadership and character are outstanding.

    “He is going to step in and do some things different,” Shamble said. “He has a true understanding of Indian Land. Coach Blades understands our students and football players. He is a worker.”

  • 6 school buses spray-painted with profanities

    Six school buses were vandalized early Tuesday morning in the bus parking lot beside Lancaster High School's football stadium.
    Vandals spray-painted profanities on buses and bus license plates, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District.
    Vaughn said the damage was done between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday to three state and three county buses.
    The vandalism caused problems for some Southside Early Childhood Center students.

  • Plea deals end 2 murder cases from 2003, ’12

    Two men facing trial for murder have accepted plea agreements in Lancaster County General Session Court, resulting in a sentence of a little more than 11 years for one and a suspended sentence and probation for the other.
    William Demond Pate, 37, of Kershaw was charged with murder 13 years ago in the death of a friend, James Smith, also of Kershaw.

  • Correction Buford girls basketball game tip-off is 6 p.m.

    The tip-off time for the Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets game with Cuthbertson High School is 6 p.m. Monday, not 7 p.m. as published in the Sunday, Dec. 18, edition of The Lancaster News. We apologize for the error.

  • Column: Emanuel 9 families show love tops hate

    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) sent this in response to Thursday’s conviction of Dylann Roof in the Emanuel 9 hate crimes trial in Charleston.

    While today’s verdict will not bring back those lost, it does ensure that the families of those murdered and injured at Mother Emanuel will see justice come to the evil man who perpetrated this heinous crime.
    I know it was not easy for them to testify and to sit and watch as photos and evidence from June 17, 2015, were shown in court.

  • Column: S.C. must pick a strategic destination

    Over the last week or so, the same basic story has appeared in all the major newspapers around the state: economists have projected that we as a state (i.e. the legislature) will have an additional $446 million to spend over the next fiscal year.
    It’s good news that we will have this money to address some serious needs in our state. It’s bad news that the state agencies have lined up to ask for $1.9 billion in new spending.
    We have $446 million more. They want $1.9 billion more.