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Today's News

  • South Middle School regains spot as national School to Watch

    South Middle School was recognized this week as one of South Carolina's Schools to Watch, making it one of 19 schools across the state to win the national honor.

    South earned the designation, its first School to Watch honor in five years, after documenting continuous improvements in academic excellence and organization, while remaining sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of their students. 

  • IL Legion honors vets found in old cemetery

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    So often we hear about history being lost, but this story is about history being rediscovered.
    Three veterans were honored this week in the newly cleared Old Six Mile Cemetery on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land. They were:
    ◆ Col. John William Hagins (1727-1790) – His is the oldest grave in the cemetery. Hagins served under Thomas Sumter at the Battle of Hanging Rock. His headstone, featuring crossed sabers, had been lost for about 16 years.

  • Unpaid city fines top $1M

    For more than three decades, the city of Lancaster has allowed those with limited incomes who owe municipal court fines to make small payments over time instead of paying the entire amount within 90 days as the law stipulates.
    But far too often, people have not kept up with those payment plans, and the city hasn’t done much about that.
    No one knows exactly how or when this started, but the amount in back fines continues to balloon and today probably tops $1 million, city officials say.

  • Top grads ‘exemplify Christian character’

    Justin Howell and Matthew Hartberger will graduate from Carolina Christian Academy this year with only a fraction of difference in their GPAs. They are very much alike in their love of God and commitment to excellence.

    Howell, with a GPA of 4.816, is the valedictorian. Hartberger, the salutatorian, is just 0.066 points behind with a GPA of 4.75.

    “Both are fine young men,” said CCA Principal Trina Coley. “They have been excellent examples for the student body to follow.

  • Cancer diagnosis no roadblock for grad

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Those passing by the spirit rock in front of Indian Land High School this spring may have noticed the message painted especially for senior Natalie Moore: “No one fights alone.”

  • Love of sports drives Knight, despite concussions

    Don’t be alarmed if after first meeting Tory Knight, she happens to forget your name. 

    “It will be like meeting you again for the first time,” she said.

    Knight, 18, is a senior at Buford High School and has played sports since she was 3 or 4 years old. Throughout her athletic career, she has suffered several concussions, resulting in some short-term memory loss.

  • Mom’s cancer challenges Erik Hammond

    You don’t have to be above average in school to be an outstanding student.

    Graduating Andrew Jackson High School senior Erik Hammond is a good example of the paradox.

    By his own admission never more than an “average” student grade-wise, Hammond spent the last part of his junior year and first half of his senior year stumbling through school stressed out, tired and distracted, his graduation status in peril from tanking grades and absences. 

  • Caps, gowns and the community’s cheers

    Lancaster County seniors and adult education students will celebrate completing their secondary educations on May 24 and 26.

    If you plan to attend commencement exercises around the county, here are graduation schedules for Lancaster County School District high schools and adult education and Carolina Christian Academy.

    Adult education

  • Roberts-Hinson Engagement

    Ronnie Lee and Shannon Roberts announce the engagement of their daughter, Tori Lee Roberts, all of Kershaw, to Austin Nicholas Hinson of Heath Springs.

    The wedding is planned for 3:30 p.m. June 3 at Mepkin Abbey Garden in Moncks Corner.

  • Scott-May Engagement

    Dennis and Donna White Bailey announce the engagement of their daughter, Gloria “Gigi” Scott, all of Lancaster, to Rudolph “Rudy” May, of Charlotte.

    The wedding is planned for 3 p.m. June 3 at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Lancaster.

    Miss Scott is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L. White II of Lancaster. She is a 2001 graduate of Lancaster High School and received her masters of education degree in school counseling in 2016. She is an educator.