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Today's News

  • Jackson’s magnolia tree lives on at AJ state park

    A section of the historic Jackson magnolia tree in the South Portico of the White House will be cut down later this week.
    The almost 200-year-old magnolia tree was brought from Tennessee to Washington, and planted at the White House by seventh President Andrew Jackson to commemorate his wife, Rachel. She died shortly after he was elected, and the magnolia was her favorite tree. 
    Lancaster has its very own magnolia tree at Andrew Jackson State Park, which was grown from the seeds of that White House tree.

  • Andrew Jackson State Park to host First Day Hike

    S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

    COLUMBIA – Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.
    The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.

  • Kershaw to allow students to use town hall space

    The town of Kershaw has voted to allow homebound students in the Andrew Jackson schools attendance area to use the town hall break room for instruction.
    Students who have been expelled from the schools will use the space at the back of town hall, which serves as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office break room.
    About five students will begin using the facility next semester.

  • Tigers’ Wilkins to receive Willis Award

    clemsontigers.com

    CLEMSON – Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has been named the recipient of the Bill Willis Award as the National Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club.

    Wilkins will be honored at the organization’s annual banquet Feb. 17.

    The junior from Springfield, Mass., was named a first-team All-American by the Football Coaches Association and the Sporting News and a second-team selection by Associated Press.

  • Sun City club gives Santa a helping hand

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    Santa Claus had a huge request list to fill this year, with many letters coming from Lancaster County. To keep ahead of the demand, elves in Sun City Carolina Lakes set to work before the end of November to help out the jolly old elf.
    The Thanksgiving food drive had barely wrapped up when the SCCL Volunteers & Helping Hands Club set up the annual Angel Tree the following day. 

  • Horse killed in traffic accident on Grace Avenue

    A horse was killed Dec. 26 when it ran across Grace Avenue in Lancaster County and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
    The accident occurred at 8:57 a.m., about half a mile west of the city of Lancaster.
    Jason Harris, 40, was driving his 2000 Toyota pickup east on Grace Avenue when the horse ran out in front of him.
    Harris, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.
    The horse’s owner was unknown and no charges had been filed in the incident by press time Thursday.

  • 1 gift = 1 New Year’s gala ticket

    ATLANTA – Lancaster native Ja’Von Crockett is giving back to children in Atlanta hospitals who suffer from leukemia by throwing a New Year’s Eve gala that only costs one wrapped gift per guest.
    Crockett, a celebrity cosmetologist and barber who has lived in Atlanta the last 17 years, is hosting the Crème de la Crème All White Affair at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton.
    “I decided to donate my time so these kids can smile,” Crockett said. “Whatever it takes, I’m willing to do it.”

  • USCS Sprint Cars to return to Lancaster Motor Speedway

    The new management at Lancaster Motor Speedway will be keeping a tradition alive, as the USCS Sprint Car Series will be returning to the half-mile dirt track in April and July.

    The first LMS race in April will be on April 7, while the second race will be July 21.

    The USCS sprint cars usually average around 16-20 cars everytime they come to LMS.

    The USCS Sprint Cars have brought the biggest crowds for the past three years to LMS.

    The sprint car fans fill the grandstands and pits every single time.

  • County may extend Founders’ tax deal

    The county is on the verge of extending its current fee-in-lieu of taxes (FILOT) agreement with Founders Federal Credit Union, though one councilman remains apprehensive about the proposal.
    “If we do it for one, we should do it for any of ’em,” said Lancaster County Councilman Jack Estridge, noting the extension could set a precedent.   
    Estridge voted to approve the first two readings, but said he remains unsure about how the county will benefit from the extension.

  • Maness, Pardue win titles at Women’s National Powerlifting

    HEATH SPRINGS – Candice Maness and Priscilla Pardue produced strong showings in the Women’s National Powerlifting meet held at the Charlotte Marriott in late fall.

    Maness won the Masters IV 165-pound class with a total of 793.5 pounds, 360 kilos.

    In the bench press, Maness had a 192.9-pound effort – 87.5 kilos.

    She squatted 303 pounds, 137.5 kilos and had a 297.6-pound dead lift, 135 kilos.

    Pardue posted the title in the Masters III 132-pound class with 705.2 pounds, 320 kilos.