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Today's News

  • New rules on advancing to next grade

    The Lancaster County school board has changed the requirements for high school students to advance to the next grade level, hoping to prevent anyone from finishing 12th grade without being able to graduate. 

    The board voted unanimously to revert to the district’s previous policy from 13 years ago, which requires completion of certain math and English courses for a student to move to the next grade.  

  • AJMS students, teachers adapt to temporary quarters after fire

    Chloe Mungo

    For The Lancaster News

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer community is living up to its name yet again.

    After the March 1 fire at Andrew Jackson Middle School, nearby schools have been helping out to house the middle schoolers while the building gets repaired.

    The sixth graders are currently housed at Heath Springs Elementary, the seventh graders at Kershaw Elementary and the eighth graders at Andrew Jackson High.   

  • Column: Foolish stupidity! Do NOT transmit your nude photos!

    I would like to make two points in regard to the news article in the March 16 paper entitled “Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal.”
    Point one: Foolishness. As Mark Manicone reported in his article: “According to the Data and Society Research Institute, one in every 25 Americans have been affected by revenge porn and one in 10 young women have been threatened with the public posting of explicit images.”

  • Publisher's Column: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Early Easter celebration

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The chaos of happy children filled Wilfredo and Ismary Alvarenga’s yard last weekend.
    Mothers with babies watched as laughing kids ran in circles, the atmosphere full of joy and friendship. “I won, Mom!” a little boy shouted after one game, excitedly running across the grass. 

  • Howard’s improvement continues, daughter says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard’s condition continues to improve after more than two months at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to his family.
    “Dad is still in Progressive Care at CMC Main but is getting stronger each day,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter. “The care team is pretty amazed at how well he’s doing compared to how sick he was a few weeks ago.
    “I’m so happy to be able to post a positive update!” she said.  

  • Standing up for those who need handicap parking spots

    If you park improperly in a Lancaster handicap spot, you might meet Richard Hall.
    He is 78. He has had a prosthetic leg for seven decades. He uses a walker or a cane. And he is on a mission.
    “I would like to remind you that you are in a handicap parking space,” says the flier that he hands to people as they leave their vehicles, or sticks under wipers if he doesn’t get there in time.
    Hall stakes out places where he knows there are problems. He is polite but assertive.

  • Haile boosts donation to playground

    KERSHAW – Friday’s mail contained a delightful surprise for Frances Moreland, administrator of the Kershaw Community Parks Council.
    A letter from OceanaGold notified KCPC that Haile Gold Mine was upping its financial pledge for the playground replacement at Stevens Park from $50,000 to $75,000.
    That, in turn, will result in an additional $25,000 match from the J. Marion Sims Foundation to help pay for the $375,000 project.

  • Clinton released on bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

    A co-defendant in last summer’s fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was granted bond during an appearance in General Sessions Court on Wednesday.
    Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 24, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the shooting.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons granted Clinton $50,000 bond during Wednesday’s hearing over the objections of prosecutors, who called him a danger to the community and a flight risk.

  • Lancaster picked for economic boost

    Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday picked Lancaster as one of 135 sites across the state that will become “opportunity zones,” part of a new federal program designed to create jobs in economically distressed areas.
    McMaster submitted his list to the U.S. Treasury Department, which is expected to approve the sites in the next 30 days. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation and the development of affordable housing.