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Today's News

  • Special-needs class getting all-out prom

    Erin Walker and Shana Beckham, teachers at Lancaster High School, have taken it upon themselves to give their special-needs class a prom night they won’t forget. 

    “They don’t get the experience everyone else does, like with a limo or anything. They go in a school bus,” Walker said. 

    Beckham agreed.

    “We wanted to make it like everyone else’s, and make it special,” Beckham said. 

  • Delay on Buford multipurpose building

    The Buford High School multipurpose building is 24 days behind schedule and will not be completed in time for graduation.

    The new target for completion is mid-June.

    School board Chairman Bobby Parker had promised his constituents that the room would be completed on time to be used for the class of 2018’s graduation. He was not pleased with the news. 

  • AJMS reopens Tuesday, new traffic pattern

    Andrew Jackson Middle School is reopening Tuesday, eight weeks after a fire that started in a janitor’s closet caused extensive damaged to the school. 

    “Tuesday, our students will walk into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle – thoroughly scrubbed, new paint, new ceiling tiles and like-new cafeteria,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said. 

  • Column: Lancaster ‘conversation’ event will focus on civility, listening

    Community transformation starts when we are all communicating with one another and have a shared commitment to work together for the long haul. But in today’s society, where even our social media has become polarized, it can be harder to meet across the divides of ideology and partisanship.
    The National Week of Conversation, taking place all across the country from April 20-28, is a time for people from many different backgrounds and perspectives to come together and spend time in conversation with those who may have different views than themselves.

  • Boyfriend sentenced in Jacarion’s death

    Eight months after he left a loaded pistol near 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden and left the room, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes was sentenced Friday to 8½ years in prison in the toddler’s accidental shooting death.
    Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Hayes to the maximum five-year term on the gun charge and an additional 3½ years on the unlawful-conduct charge. The maximum sentence on that count was 10 years.

  • Column: Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for caring

    Editor’s note: Tom Rosshirt, a national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a foreign affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore, wrote this column about Barbara Bush in 2012. The former first lady died Tuesday at 92.

    My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.

  • Senate update: Nuke debacle and a lot more

    The General Assembly is like the weather in that it rarely remains tranquil. Whether self-induced, or unrelated to our actions, something always stirs the place up.
    This session it’s the cessation of construction at the Jenkinsville nuclear reactors meant to power South Carolina for the next generation. The plug was pulled due to myriad problems, including the bankruptcy of the contractor, Westinghouse. What’s left is $9 billion in debt and a lot of questions.

  • Horn wins third national crown

    Indian Land area youth wrestler Joshua Horn has captured his third national wrestling title.

    Horn, who had a slow start to his wrestling season with a broken ankle to miss the first two months of mat action, came on strong.

    Horn finished on top with his third national title.

    He traveled to the AAU All-American Spring Nationals in Kingsport, Tenn., where he had three straight pins earning him his third national title.

    He was also named “All-American Wrestler” for the sixth time.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models Return

    The popular Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series returns to Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night to highlight racing action.

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models were at LMS on March 31 when Brian “Meathead” Carswell took the lead in the opening laps, but was pressured by Ricky Weeks for numerous laps.

    Weeks made his move on Carswell to take the lead exiting turn four. Weeks pulled side by side with Carswell, roaring down the front straightaway.

  • Lady Warriors blitz Camden

    The Indian Land Lady Warriors built a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to a 7-0 home win over Camden High School on Tuesday.

    Summer Bishop scored four goals in the Lady Warriors’ win.

    Kelsey Long, Kailee Erwin and Emily Gerdes each tallied a goal for ILHS.

    Erwin also had an assist in the ILHS win.

    Indian Land had 33 shots on goal to none for the Lady Bulldogs.

    Emma Thompson tallied the shutout for Indian Land. Mary Morgon had 12 saves for Camden.

    Indian Land, 13-3-1, improved to 7-0 in region play.