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Today's News

  • 1 teacher charged, another resigns after cases of improper discipline

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were placed on administrative leave, with one resigning, after separate incidents of improper discipline.
    Bruce James Snipes, 32, was suspended with pay from Brooklyn Springs Elementary after he was accused of pushing a 10-year-old male student to the ground March 8.

  • Man arrested in 7-Eleven robbery

    A Monroe, N.C., man has been arrested for the March 10 armed robbery of the 7-Eleven on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land.

    Henry David Duls, 31, was arrested at the home of a relative in Matthews, N.C., early Saturday morning, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said.
    Barfield said a new Dodge Dart matching the description given by a witness in the Indian Land robbery was found at the home where Duls was arrested. It had been rented at Enterprise on South Boulevard in Charlotte a few days before the robbery.

  • Spratt endorses Parnell in 5th District primary

    From release

    Former U.S. Rep. John Spratt is backing Archie Parnell in the upcoming special election to fill the vacant seat for the state’s Fifth Congressional District.  
    Spratt, a Democrat who held the seat from 1983 to 2011, said Parnell was clearly the best choice.
    A lifelong resident of York County, Spratt, and his wife, Jane, were among the 100 to attend Parnell’s recent campaign kickoff event in York.

  • 18-year-old shot in back 3 times

    An 18-year-old man was shot three times in the back last week while walking along the section of East Gay Street called “The Hill.”
    “Right now, that’s about all we know,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. “The victim isn’t telling us very much.”
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the shooting happened about 6 p.m. March 16.

  • Schools will start early because of lunar eclipse

    The Lancaster County school board approved the 2017-18 academic calendar Tuesday, with an earlier start date due to the total solar eclipse law.
    The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 17.
    State law normally requires districts to begin after the third Monday of August. Passed Feb. 28, the eclipse law is allowing an early start for the 2017-18 academic year. The purpose is to begin instruction earlier and provide an educational opportunity for students during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

  • SINDARIUS SHINES

    After a landmark comeback win over the Duke Blue Devils, the Gamecocks’ bandwagon is barreling toward Madison Square Garden this weekend for the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
    Led by Lancaster’s Sindarius Thornwell, the University of South Carolina men’s team is getting its first taste of March Madness in 13 years, and they’re into the Sweet 16 after beating Marquette and Duke last weekend in Greenville.

  • Pension reform would threaten cities, counties, school districts

    The S.C. House’s plan to stabilize the state’s in-the-red pension plan is a double whammy for local municipalities and the school district, as well as their workers.
    And that isn’t sitting well with at least two members of the local legislative delegation.
    While the bill passed the House, local lawmakers Brandon Newton (R-45) and Richie Yow (R-53) voted against it, citing how it directly impacts local governments.

  • TLN scoops up 31 S.C. press awards

    The Lancaster News brought home 31 awards, and its three sister newspapers another 27, from Saturday’s S.C. Press Association annual meeting in Columbia.
    Among the Lancaster News staff’s first-place honors were best election and political coverage, best special edition for its Honoring Veterans section, and best reporting-in-depth for coverage marking the death and legacy of Mayor Joe Shaw.

  • A.R. Rucker academic challenge team wins state championship

    The last answer that won the 2017 state championship for A.R. Rucker Middle School’s academic challenge team was “herbivores.”
    Rucker’s team was named the Division II state champion for middle schools Thursday after a 32-22 victory over Lexington County’s Pine Ridge Middle School.
    The championship is the first for A.R. Rucker’s academic challenge team.
    Bringing in 17 points – the most points out of the five team members who competed – was eighth-grader Louie Prete.

  • Katawba land trust celebrates 25-year anniversary this week

    On March 22, 1992, local conservationist and historian Lindsay Pettus pitched an idea to safeguard local watersheds and keep the area’s most significant pristine natural areas and farms as undisturbed as possible.
    He shared it with friends Paul Gettys, Mark Grier, Jimmy White IV and Ralph Garris, giving rise to the Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT).
    Now 25 years later, that grassroots effort is protecting more that 9,300 acres in five S.C. counties. And no one is more pleased than Pettus as the land trust celebrates its silver anniversary this week.