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Today's News

  • 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.

  • ‘Mr. Hungerford, on behalf of a grateful nation…’

    Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.
    “Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.
    “Yes, sir,” Hungerford said.
    When Mulvaney called his name, Hungerford, who walks with a slight stoop, straightened to his full height. His wife, Deanna, stood at his side.

  • Smith’s Rivers reaps CIAA rookie honor

    Staff Reports

    Johnson C. Smith University women's basketball freshman player Malia Rivers, the former Lancaster High Lady Bruins hoops star, has been named the CIAA Rookie of the Week after scoring 12 points in the Golden Bulls 84-73 win at Paine College on Dec. 10.

  • Torre Fuerte, Wailers win State Cup

    Staff Reports

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte (16U) and SARU 00 Wailers (17U) each won the S.C. Presidential Medal Soccer League State Cup at the Mesa Complex in Greer on Dec. 3-4.

    The teams included players from Lancaster, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and South Charlotte.

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte defeated CFC, 5-1 to win the State Cup.

    The SARU 01 Torre Fuerte faced the same CFC team it had narrowly defeated 2-1 in regular-season soccer play.