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Today's News

  • LHS looks to continue pool success

    The Lancaster High School swim team, which has had its share of pool success in the past, looks to continue its wave of wins this fall.
    The Bruins, who feature student-athletes from across the Lancaster County school district, are coming off region title seasons in 2015.
    The Lancaster girls were 15-0 and the boys went 13-1.
    The LHS swimmers have their share of experience coming back off those title teams.

  • Blythewood edges LHS swimmers

    Lancaster opened its 2016 swim season, dropping a close 175-164 loss to Blythewood on Tuesday at the Bengals’ pool.
    LHS, which defeated York on Thursday, will face White Knoll on Thursday.
    In the York meet, the Bruins downed the Cougars, 287-37. The LHS boys prevailed, 147-15 and the Lady Bruins won, 140-22.
    LHS vs. Blythewood results:
    200 medley relay – 1. Lancaster (Mills, Houghtaling, Spencer, Henry); 2. Lancaster (Page, Rogers, Cuella, Cunningham), 3. Lancaster (Wright, J. Caravaca, Reid, Bravo

  • Vols cruise in road win over Aynor

    AYNOR – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers got on track, rolling to a solid 25-8 road win over Aynor High School on Friday night.
    AJ, 1-1, was sparked by senior standout Heath Gandy, who led the Vols’ 17-point win over the AHS Blue Jackets.
    The Volunteers, coming off a home loss to Lewisville, rebounded to spoil the AHS Blue Jackets’ 2016 home opener.

  • Warriors top Jackets, 41-35

    INDIAN LAND – Rivalry games can often take strange turns, given the major stakes and bragging rights. Friday night, when Buford battled old rival Indian Land, was a perfect example.
    Indian Land seemingly had control of the game, ended up blowing a 22-point lead and allowed the never-say-die Yellow Jackets to come all the way back, before IL scored on its first play of overtime in an emotional 41-35 win.

  • Albino’s clutch catch snags IL win

    INDIAN LAND – Call it the catch, which snagged a sweet Warriors’ win.
    For all the 76 points scored in Indian Land’s 41-35 overtime win over old rival Buford, the tight game came down to one play.
    A play that wasn’t even supposed to be run.
    Host Indian Land, which held a 35-13 lead at one point, found itself at regulation’s end in a 35-all stalemate with the late-surging Jackets.

  • Founders Federal Credit Union buying Rock Hill Schools office building

    Founders Federal Credit Union is buying  the Rock Hill Schools district office building to expand its back-office operations into Rock Hill.
    Founders will purchase the property at 660 Anderson Road and an outparcel for $2.7 million. The new location will house some existing employees from the credit union’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, which is filled to capacity and needs to expand, according to the company.

  • Rep. Norrell appointed to tax-reform committee

    COLUMBIA – Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster is among 14 S.C. House members on a special tax-reform committee appointed Tuesday by House Speaker Jay Lucas.
    Norrell, a Democrat whose 44th District includes Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw, will serve on the bipartisan panel, which will review the S.C. tax code and make recommendations to Lucas for changes before the next legislative session.

  • County below state averages on ACT scores

    South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
    The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
    The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.

  • Lightning bolt ignites fatal fire in Antioch

    A lightning strike appears to have caused a house fire that killed an Antioch woman Friday afternoon, a blaze that forced firefighters to contend with exploding oxygen tanks inside the home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters with the Antioch, Buford, Rich Hill and Camp Creek fire departments were dispatched to 635 Adams Lane about 5:27. They found the home engulfed in flames.
    Firefighters extinguished the fire within minutes and searched the home. They found the body of Debra Scott, 54, in a bedroom on the side of the house.

  • Fire service 'a brotherhood'

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Justin McLellan has a hand-written sticky note on his computer screen at Fire Station 1.
    “ALL IN,” it says, a motto Lancaster’s new fire chief borrowed from Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.
    The 35-year-old McLellan bleeds orange and purple. His office has a few Tigers souvenirs, alongside photos of wife Kylie and daughters Riley, 10, Haley, 8, and Addaley, 2.