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Today's News

  • 401 Special Olympians ready to compete

    Mary Beth Mize is focused on Friday with a Christmas-like excitement.
    Her anticipation is centered on the first-ever Lancaster County Special Olympics, scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Springdale Park in Lancaster.
    “I’m excited,” said Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, who is helping coordinate the event for special-needs students ages 4 to 21 from across the county. “The response to our event has been amazing.”

  • Chris Timmons named AJMS principal

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night named Chris Timmons the next principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, which should reopen next week after extensive fire repairs.
    “I’m beside myself, to be honest,” said Timmons, who will replace the retiring Daryl Hinson at the end of the school year.
    Timmons is currently the assistant principal at Buford High School. He was the assistant principal at Buford Middle School for eight years, before being moved to the high school in September 2017.

  • Council denies church’s rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 April 9 to deny a conditional-use application that would let bilingual Chinese-American congregation Truth In Grace Bible Church build a sanctuary on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, who made the motion to deny, noted that neighboring residents and property owners submitted a 103-signature petition asking county leaders to reject the application. 

  • Nurturing rare skills

    Becca Brennan, Abe Danaher and Reema Vaidya
    Columbia Voice

    It’s organized chaos as you walk into Palmetto Strings on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue.
    The small violin-repair shop is bursting with instruments, tools and craftsmanship as owner Gregg Lange emerges from the back room, an instrument in one hand, a tool in the other.

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    High Point FWB spring revival

    High Point Freewill Baptist Church, 2095 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster, will conclude spring revival at 7 p.m. April 25. The Rev. Tyler Blue will speak. For details, call (803) 283-8316.

    Victory Sports Camp meeting

    The Moriah Baptist Association will hold the Southern Lancaster County Victory Sports Camp meeting at 7 p.m. April 26 at Sand Hill Baptist Church, 6895 Highway 341, Kershaw.

  • Coming Events
    Week Ahead
    Denim Day today
    Denim Day – a day to wear jeans, support victims of sexual assault and celebrate healthy relationships – is today from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lancaster County Courthouse, 104 N. Main St. The event is presented by Palmetto CASA- CAC and features S.C. Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson. Lunch is provided. For details, call Margo Dixon at (803) 286-5232.
    Upcoming blood drives
    American Red Cross
  • Chamber is China-bound

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is betting that a 15,000-mile excursion will bring local business people – and the community as a whole – closer together.

    The organization, led by incoming chairwoman Melissa Prince and Vice President Melissa Walker-Price, is inviting chamber members – and anyone else who wants in – on a sight-seeing tour of China.

  • Column: How about controlling ammunition?

    The Second Amendment and gun control. These two topics make big headlines every time there is a mass shooting.
    Murder, rape, abuse and robbery involving guns and other weapons are the staple of our daily local news broadcasts. After the massacre in a Florida school, I could no longer resist expressing my feelings.
    I know what it feels like to lose a loved one. I lost my wife to cancer. The loss of a child must be even more devastating.

  • Column: So much good has come from AJMS setback

    Our students and staff walked into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle School on Tuesday – a school thoroughly scrubbed, with new paint, new ceiling tiles and a like-new cafeteria.
    They even used a new entrance from U.S. 521 and a car-stacking loop – safer for parents and students as they wait to unload because now there’s enough room to get off 521 as they wait.

  • Jackets edge Vols to cap regular season play

    Staff Reports

    Buford highlighted Jackets Senior Night, topping rival Andrew Jackson, 9-8 to cap regular-season baseball play Friday night at Buford Park.

    BHS, down 4-3 going to the bottom of the sixth, exploded for six runs to take a 9-4 lead.

    AJ rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, but the Jackets held on for the win.

    Dylan Montgomery, who worked two innings, was the winner.

    Brett Sistrare hurled five innings before Montgomery came on in the final two frames.