Today's News

  • School district to eliminate 100 jobs

    About 100 positions throughout Lancaster County School District will be eliminated for 2010-11, according to figures proposed last week.

    On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore told school board members what measures will have to be taken to balance next year’s budget.

    The district is expecting to receive $5.29 million less in funding from the state and nearly $1 million less in federal stimulus money compared to 2009-10.

    To make up for the cuts, the district will eliminate 78 certified positions and 20 classified/hourly positions.

  • Policy addresses city transactions

    The city of Lancaster now has a policy in place that allows certain employees to handle financial transactions in their supervisor’s absence.

    City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday on a resolution to adopt the policy. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the dissenting vote, and  Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    Finance Director James Absher wrote the policy in response to recommendations that came as part of the city’s most recent annual audit.

  • Martavious Carter gets 35 years for courthouse fire, other offenses

    Martavious Carter admitted Friday to setting the historic Lancaster County Courthouse ablaze on Aug. 4, 2008.

    Carter pleaded guilty to the arson, which severely damaged one of the county’s most historically significant buildings. He also pleaded guilty to setting fire to the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office on Dunlap Street on Aug. 7, 2008.

    Carter also pleaded guilty to five armed-robbery charges.

    He was arrested in late September 2008 and charged with 31 offenses, including the two fires and five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area.

  • Buford seeks to rebound

    The Buford Lady Jackets find themselves in a familiar situation in the Class A Upper State championship softball series.

    The BHS girls, 24-6, will have to follow a same path they blazed last spring in capturing their first-ever Class A state softball crown.

    A year ago, Buford battled back through the losers bracket to win the Upstate crown at region rival Indian Land en route to the 2009 state title.

    Buford opened the double-elimination Upstate title series, dropping a 6-2 home loss to Conference III-A rival McBee High School on Saturday afternoon.

  • IL charge nets region soccer title

    The Indian Land Warriors ignited in the second half to post an 8-2 soccer win over county rival Buford to capture the Conference III-A regular-season soccer title at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

    IL, 11-3, was led by senior Sergio Esparrago, who scored four goals – three in the second half.

    The play-off match was required after Buford defeated Indian Land 4-1 last week at Jackets Stadium to force a regular-season tie for the Conference III-A soccer crown.

    The two squads split during regular-season play this spring.

  • Vols earn state bid; Jackets finish 10th

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers’ golf team has earned a bid to the Class AA state golf tournament.

    The Vols, led by coach Benjy Bell, competed in the Region IV-AA golf tournament May 5-6 at White Plains Country Club in Pageland.

    The Vols landed a bid to the Class AA state tournament, shooting a two-day score of  680. The Vols were led by Cass Outlaw with rounds of 81-79 (160).

    Outlaw was also selected to the All-Region IV-AA team for his steady play in the region field.

  • Bruins' Roach signs with Anderson soccer

    Lancaster High School senior soccer standout Alex Roach’s dream of playing college soccer became reality Friday afternoon in the LHS media center.

    Roach, who said he first began thinking of playing college soccer at age 10, signed with Anderson University as happy parents, coaches and administrators witnessed.

    “I’ve played soccer all my life,” said Roach, a key three-year member of the LHS varsity. “Coach Sylvia helped me enjoy it that much more. He teaches you about life through the game of soccer.”

  • 3 officers recognized for DUI enforcement

    Booze it and lose it is a popular slogan in the campaign to reduce drunken driving in the Palmetto State. Three local law enforcement officers are doing their best in the ongoing fight to keep alcohol-impaired drivers off our state roads.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety recently recognized two Lancaster Police Department officers, Pfc. Josh Small and Sgt. Dale Johnson, along with Sgt. Billy Hillton of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Local EMS committed to saving our lives

    Talk about a twist of fate. In one edition of The Lancaster News, we printed a story about Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services winning a prestigious state award at its annual meeting in Myrtle Beach.

    In that article, Lanny Bernard, EMS director, touted the accomplishments of his 52 full-time and 25 part-time employees who work hard to provide life-saving care to Lancaster County residents.

    Just days later in another article, Bernard was defending EMS response time to calls in the northern end of Lancaster County.

  • Don't sacrifice public safety for builder profits

    Recent news reports tell us that America’s confidence in government is at an all-time low, and here’s a good example of why. Given a choice between ensuring the safety of citizens and lining the pockets of the home building industry with profits, South Carolina may be on the verge of giving public safety the back seat.