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Today's News

  • Huffman making second bid for House seat

    Donald Huffman has joined the competition between Lancaster County Councilman Fred Thomas and Kershaw Administrator Tony Starnes for the Democratic Party nomination for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    Huffman, 59, a retiree from Springs Industries and former small business owner, ran for the seat two years ago, but was defeated by then County Councilman Alston DeVenny in the primary. Republican Mick Mulvaney went on to win the seat.

  • Utility eases water restrictions

    While it’s not necessary this weekend because of recent heavy rainfall, residents can now water their lawns again in Lancaster County without fear of a fine.

    Water customers of the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw have been under water-use restrictions because of the drought since August.

    But now the worst may be over as drought indicators along the Catawba-Wateree River are improving.

  • Revised dog control ordinance up for a vote Monday

    County Council will go to the dogs again Monday night, this time with a revamped ordinance on animal control laws.

    Last month, council drew both the ire and support of residents when it proposed designating all pit bulls, American bulldogs and Perro de Presa Canario dogs as dangerous, regardless of whether the dogs have ever attacked anyone.

  • Bruins wing Eagles in rain-shortened win

    The Lancaster High School baseball team made the most of a rain-shortened game, taking a 7-1 road win over Clover in Region III-AAAA play Friday night.

    LHS hurler Evan Byrd, 2-0, worked five frames for the win, allowing five hits, two walks and a run. He struck out one.

    LHS, 7-9, 5-5, was led by Bryan Gainer, who had two hits, including a double, and drove in five runs. Nick Ferguson, who had a RBI, had two hits as did Michael Catoe and Jimmie Jordan. Josh Warfield had a hit and Brion Strothers drew a walk and scored twice.

  • No threats reported at LHS on Friday

    Contrary to rumors, school officials said there were no fights, discovery of weapons or anything else at Lancaster High School on Friday that would have prompted a lockdown.

    Lancaster High Principal Dr. Joe Keenan said extra police officers were called in Friday morning merely for precaution.

    He said a rumor was spread Thursday at school that a fight was going to take place on Friday. However, there were no discipline issues the entire day. Also, officials didn’t find anything at the school that would raise concern Friday.

  • Students reach out to girl who lost everything in house fire

    They’re probably too young to understand the ins and outs of home insurance. And they may not be able to explain all the conditions that might cause a house fire.

    But there’s one thing for sure – North Elementary School kindergartners realize how much help a person needs if they lose their home in a fire.

    Saniiya Mingo, a kindergartner at the school, has received much support from fellow students and her teachers after her Chandler Place home burned a week ago.

    Take kindergartner Julia Sowell, for instance.

  • Storms cause no severe damage in county

    Lancaster County was lucky, despite tornado warnings and the severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said while no property damage from the storms had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, people were still on edge.

    “There were a lot of people concerned last night, and for good reason,” Russell said. “But I think we got lucky again.”

  • Lady Vols battling in soccer campaign

    KERSHAW – For the Andrew Jackson High School girls soccer team, the injuries began just over a month ago and it’s been a battle this spring.

    AJ junior Sommer Zusin sprained her leg as the injury bug began to land its hard bite. Then, freshman Rebecca Johnson bruised her hip, sophomore Katherine Killingsworth hurt her leg and junior Brooke Watts sprained her ankle.

    Then, sophomore Allison Kelly limped off the field during a tournament match against Blue Ridge.

    AJ girls soccer coach Ronnie Wall said he knew he had to make a decision.

  • District names contest winners

    The Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District announced the winners of its 2007 conservation contests last week.

    The contest, open to students in the Lancaster County School District, carried the theme The Living Soil.

    Elementary school participants made either poster boards or bulletin boards that tied into soil and conservation. Four classes entered the conservation bulletin board contest and 500 students throughout the district entered the poster contest.

  • LHS's Williams retiring

    Lancaster High School baseball coach Steve Williams is hanging up his Bruins’ baseball cap for good at the end of the season.

    Williams, 54, will retire with the close of the Bruins’ 2008 campaign. In addition to his LHS coaching duties, Williams is also retiring as a physical education-health instructor and football coach at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    Williams, who has taught and coached for 32 years, including 29 in the Lancaster County School District, cited “health issues” as a major reason in his decision.