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Today's News

  • Column: John Howard’s decades of service make him most qualified candidate

    When I first heard about the untimely death of Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years, I started reflecting on his many years of service and what he meant to Lancaster city government. He was always available to listen to your complaints, concerns and suggestions, no matter the situation. His dedication and desire to be the best servant of the citizens of Lancaster and act accordingly is what I believe most residents will miss.

  • Pianist pairs Beatles songs with Chopin

    Steinway artist Pamela Howland is a classically trained concert pianist, a specialist in the works of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and a fan of the Beatles. But primarily, she communicates emotions to audiences through the language of music.
    Vivacious, imaginative, sensitive and a bit unconventional, she is that rare classically trained performing artist who thrives as an entertainer. Now, Howland has created original piano arrangements of beloved Beatles tunes, transporting the Fab Four back to Chopin’s musical landscape.

  • Hundreds leave ILHS due to social-media fears

    Desks sat empty and some classes were half-full at Indian Land High School on Monday, Feb. 8, after a student comment spread on social media, causing almost 200 students to either stay home or leave early from school.
    Bryan Vaughn, safety director for the Lancaster County School District, said the mass exodus of students, about 20 percent of the student population, stemmed from concerns about a vague student comment reported Friday.

  • Family gets keys to 15th local Habitat home

    For years, Shawnta Lang wanted more for her children, but her American dream of owning a home was out of reach.
    Not anymore. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, that dream became a reality Monday when the mother of three reached out and took the door keys of 1123 Ten Oaks Drive from Barry Felner and Jerri Lynn Sanders.
    “Welcome to your new home,” Felner told Lang, putting the keys in her hand.
    A shy and tearful Lang thanked everyone who made her dream of homeownership come true.

  • Local man dies during Super Bowl celebration

    Lancaster businessman William Rucker died Sunday while he and eight members of his close-knit family were in the San Francisco area celebrating Super Bowl 50.
    “It’s absolutely devastating,” his father, Lancaster dentist Douglas Rucker, said Monday, Feb. 8.
    Rucker, 44, collapsed at Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday moments after former Carolina Panthers wide receiver and ESPN analyst Keshawn Johnson gave a football to William’s 9-year-old son, Aaron “Little Aaron” Rucker.

  • Panthers loss doesn’t tarnish fans’ Super Bowl 50 experience

    The disappointment of the Panthers losing Super Bowl 50 didn’t totally tarnish a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Lancaster fans attending Sunday’s NFL Championship game.
    “We were disappointed with the loss, but overall it was a great experience,” said Dr. Mark Makhuli, a urologist with Comprehensive Urology in Lancaster. “It was awesome. We explored San Francisco and the NFL Experience. It was great.”

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 2 of 4

    Wesley Dry sprinted around a blind curve on the trail, searching for the person yelling up ahead as dusk fell on the forest.
    What he saw froze him in place.
    Ten feet ahead stood an adult black bear, its eyes locked on Dry’s.
    Time slowed to a crawl. Dry stood there for several seconds, waiting to see what the animal would do next.
    It was quiet. The sounds of rustling trees and his own breathing filled Dry’s ears.
    His mind flashed to every lesson he’d ever learned about black bears.

  • Penegar to play soccer at Limestone

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School girls soccer star Bailey Penegar is headed to Limestone College in Gaffney where she will join some former Lady Warriors’ teammates in the LC women’s soccer program.
    Penegar said she’s looking forward to the reunion, but adds a former Andrew Jackson High School star soccer player played a key role in her decision to join the Lady Saints.
    Penegar’s cousin is former AJ Lady Volunteers’ soccer ace Leah Kennington, who produced a banner soccer career with the Lady Saints.

  • Warriors set for North Dakota all-star football game

    Indian Land High School football is in for a sweet opportunity Valentines Day.
    Indian Land High School football coaches and players will participate in the International Futures All-Star football game at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Feb. 14.
    The Warriors will have eight participants in the game which features top collegiate football prospects throughout the United States and Canada facing off at the Alerus Center at University of North Dakota.

  • Wolves sign IL’s Gordon

    INDIAN LAND – The Gordon legacy to college football has added another strong link.
    Indian Land High standout running back-defensive end Austin Gordon is headed to Newberry College to play for the Wolves.
    He’s following in the football footsteps as his father, IL assistant coach Bryan Gordon, who played at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.
    “It’s been a dream of mine to play college football,” Gordon said. “When I signed, it was somewhat of a relief off my shoulders.