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  • Dr. Jairy Hunter will step down as Charleston Southern president

    Charleston Southern University

    CHARLESTON – Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. will step down as president of Charleston Southern University in May 2018 to assume a new role as president emeritus.
    A Lancaster native, Hunter has been with CSU for 34 years.
    “I am gratified that during my tenure thousands of students have received an excellent education in a Christian environment,” Hunter said.

  • Weather advisory issued for Friday

    Emergency workers and utility providers were keeping a close eye on weather conditions Thursday with the threat of heavy downpours and frequent lighting headed toward the I-77 corridor after midnight.
    While Lancaster County was expected to miss the worst of the storm, the National Weather Service said flash floods were possible through Friday morning.
    “We’re watching and waiting to see if this thing develops into something,” said County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder.

  • Stolen horses soon returned, thanks to Facebook posting

    Two horses stolen from a pasture outside Lancaster last week were reunited with their owners after the woman who bought them saw an online plea from their owner for help finding them.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the woman who reported the crime told the reporting deputy she’d bought the white and brown horses March 21 through an acquaintance named Montana Lowery for $800.
    She said Lowery contacted a man who then dropped the horses off at her place on South Potter Road while she was at work.

  • Phillip Mickles placed on leave after discipline incident at school

    Phillip Mickles, a teacher at Barr Street Learning Center, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after an allegation that he improperly disciplined a student at the school.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, Mickles and a student got into a “physical disturbance” Tuesday morning. Mickles advised the student to stop “leaning back in his chair,” which the student continued to do, the report said.

  • Duck whodunit: Deputies probe death most fowl

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies investigated the slaying of a duck last week, but could not determine if the owner’s estranged boyfriend killed the fowl, or if the chicken did it.
    According to the March 22 incident report, the duck’s owner summoned authorities to her home on Kayla Lane in the North Corner community, where she said her boyfriend was killing her animals.

  • ‘Potential finalists’ spend 6 hours with school board

    During a nearly six-hour meeting Wednesday, mainly spent in executive session, the Lancaster County school board interviewed three “potential finalists” for the next superintendent.
    The board met with the three candidates, who were chosen from the nearly 20 applicants, Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
    “We had some good interviews,” said Bobby Parker, chairman of the board. “I think we are well on our way to our final three.”

  • Lancaster’s other connection to this team – Rakym Felder

    Gamecocks fans know former Lancaster Bruins star Sindarius Thornwell is leading the USC hoops charge to the NCAA Final Four this weekend.
    But Lancaster County has another connection to this team – freshman guard Rakym Felder, who played one season at Indian Land High School in 2012-13.
    Felder, a 5-10, 210-pounder, played only his freshman year at ILHS, but was a key performer in the Warriors’ 23-3 season that year.

  • Looking Back: LHS Bruins lose biggest fan – DaJuan Thornwell

    The Lancaster News published this column on Sept. 30, 2015, marking the death of Sindarius Thornwell’s uncle and mentor.

    I’ve been around Lancaster High School basketball for decades, and I don’t think LHS hoops has had a bigger fan than DaJuan Thornwell.
    Seems like when the ball was tipped off for a Bruins game – boys or girls, home or away – “Big Kuntry” was nearby. You would also likely find him at a junior varsity game on the hardwood.

  • Gonzaga is the next Goliath as USC loads its sling again

    The Gamecocks’ East Region championship T-shirts said “Cut Down The Net.”
    USC, en route to cutting down the net at Madison Square Garden on Sunday after winning the East Region title and a first-ever NCAA Final Four berth, have cut down the big hardwood timber – No.  2 seed Duke, No. 3 seed Baylor and fourth-seeded Florida.
    Up next for the seventh-seeded Gamecocks comes West Region champion and No. 1 seed Gonzaga.

  • Hoop-erstitions: I cannot watch the next game, for that would mean they lose

    I may be the only loyal USC grad in Lancaster County who will not be watching the Gamecocks battle Gonzaga in the Final Four on Saturday.
    Diehard fan that I am, I can’t.
    I have become temporarily superstitious. I’ve not watched a single minute of the Gamecocks’ quest for year’s NCAA tournament title. And since they keep winning, why change now?
    I’m not one who normally buys into any sort of irrational belief or ritual that defies common sense, logic or laws of science.