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Today's News

  • Column: Odd approach to legislative power-sharing

    At a meeting last week, the S.C. House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee was talking about restructuring the state’s Public Utilities Review Committee, which oversees or influences every area of the energy industry, including the failed V.C. Summer nuclear construction project.
    Rep. Nathan Ballantine, a Richland County Republican, brought up the PURC’s legislator-to-citizen ratio.

  • Column: Democrats back policies that help America’s middle class

    Last Saturday at noon, my wife Mary and I rode in the Lancaster Veterans Day parade in the back of Keith Grey’s pickup truck with Tom and Judy Langston. Keith also pulled a trailer with more members of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
    The LCDP trailer was entry number 59 in the parade. Tommy Myers and his family walked behind our trailer as entry number 60. Even though Tommy is a Democrat, he was not in the parade as a Democrat, but as a veteran of the Vietnam War.

  • Brooks new LMS race director

    Chester Brooks is the new race director for Lancaster Motor Speedway, the half-mile dirt track.

    Brooks has worked for numerous tracks and racing series during his racing career.

    He previously worked for Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., and with the 525 Fuel Series, a traveling Late Model Series.

    The track staff of Lancaster Motor Speedway is excited to bring Brooks on board for the 2018 racing season.

  • Evans signs to play at UNCA

    Lancaster High School girls golf star Baylee Evans is going to the Dogs, but in a doggone good way.

    Evans, an all-region golfer during her LHS career, has signed to play for the University of North Carolina Asheville Bulldogs.

  • All-star football teams launch play

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth football teams will launch postseason all-star play in the Central District playoffs on Saturday at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

    The 11-12 mites age division all-star team will play the Rock Hill YMCA to open play at 1 p.m. at the LEHS Demons Stadium.

    The Lancaster vs. Rock Hill winner will advance to play the Fairfield County vs. Kershaw County winner at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28.

    Fairfield County meets Kershaw County in the 11-12 division playoffs at 2:30 at the Lugoff-Elgin High field.

  • Camp Creek Road bridge to be replaced

    The S.C. Department of Transportation intends to close the aging two-lane Camp Creek Road bridge over Gills Creek in 2020 and replace it with a new one.

    SCDOT officials have scheduled a drop-in style informational public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Middle School to unveil their $2.8 million plan.

    While construction is two years away, those impacted motorists will have to find alternative routes once it starts.  

  • The Fur Ball

    The Lancaster SPCA will host its biggest fundraising event ever on Dec. 2 – Fur Ball Gala 2017, a night of dining, dancing, live music and auctions.
    The event is 7 p.m. at the Bradley Building’s special events room at USC Lancaster.
    The semi-formal party will be a festive way to bring in the holidays and support the SPCA’s mission of saving homeless pets.

  • Teacher’s victorious return pushes me far past the point of tears

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I run backward down a hallway at Buford Elementary School.
    My eyes are full of tears.
    I can barely see what I’m filming and taking photos of, and I just can’t seem to hold my emotions back.
    I’m almost jogging ahead of teacher Laura Grimm as she takes a well-deserved victory lap around the school because of the good news she received just days ago.

  • Memories from long-closed Dobson Elementary School

    This sixth-grade class at now-closed Dobson Elementary School was photographed 50 years ago.

  • ILMS wins U.S. reading contest, logs 177,442 minutes in October

    The number 177,442 can stand for many different things.
    At Indian Land Middle School, it’s the number of minutes students read on Chromebooks during October, landing them first place in the national 2017 LightSail Launch Challenge.
    The school received $3,000 to spend on e-books for students to read through the LightSail app on Chromebooks.
    “We feel pretty great about winning, but most importantly our students were growing and learning and they were excited to read,” said ILM curriculum director Cheryl Fleischman.