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Today's News

  • Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments. 

  • Ball games and Bible studies

    Madison Barrett
    For The Lancaster News

    Two Victory Sports Outreach Camps drew almost 100 kids to schools at Buford and Barr Street this week for a program that resembled both a sports camp and a vacation Bible school.
    Seven Lancaster County Baptist churches joined together to sponsor the camps. VSO’s mission is to provide both sports instruction and Christian ministry.

  • Column: Sen. Scott: Even if you can’t feel others’ pain, know that it is real

    Editor’s note: These are excerpts from a speech by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the U.S. Senate this week.

    I rise today to give my second speech this week discussing the issues we are facing as a nation following last week’s tragedies in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge. This speech is perhaps the most difficult, because it’s the most personal.
    In many cities and towns across the nation, there is a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement – a trust gap, a tension that has been growing for decades.

  • Column: Plotting the course toward a stronger community

    Since its inception, the J. Marion Sims Foundation has been focused on sustaining and strengthening the health and wellness of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls. During our 20-year anniversary, we are actively planning for the future and asking questions about the health of our region.
    Where do we excel as a community? Where should we focus? What are your dreams for the community where we live, work, and play? What makes this a great place for your children? What would make our quality-of-life even better for your children’s children?

  • USC adopts clear-bag policy for sports events

    COLUMBIA – In a move designed to provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, the University of South Carolina will implement a clear-bag policy for all ticketed athletic events, beginning next month. 

  • Lee, CU baseball coaches receive raises

    CLEMSON – Following a remarkable first season that featured 44 wins, Clemson University’s first ACC title and NCAA national seed in a decade and the first home regional since 2011, baseball coach Monte Lee and his staff received salary increases and extended contracts approved July 14 by the school’s Board of Trustee Compensation Committee.

  • Heffner leaving GFHS to assist at AJ

    For Josh Heffner, it wasn’t so much that the light came on...it went off.

    Heffner, who played at Great Falls High School, spent one year as an assistant coach and the past two seasons as head coach of the Red Devils baseball program, has resigned his position.

    He will join the staff of Mike Lucas at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Heffner says a series of unusual events led him to his new position.

  • Duncan takes on John Smith’s role, office

    GREAT FALLS – A classroom a few doors down from the Great Falls High gymnasium almost looks naked.

    The team pictures and newspaper clippings that used to adorn the walls are gone, and a big filing cabinet full of scorebooks is missing. And John Smith isn’t sitting behind the desk.

  • Cox wins The Blade 2nd straight year

    GREER – Andrew Jackson High School golfer Emily Cox shot an even-par 72 in the second and final round of play Wednesday to win the 13-18 girl’s division in The Blade Junior Classic at Thornblade Club.

    The Vols’ rising senior shot a 3 under on the back nine to finish the two-day S.C. Golf Association tournament at 3 under.

  • From mayor’s shirts to mayor’s quilt

    At Tuesday’s meeting of Lancaster City Council, Charlotte Shaw, widow of the city’s longest-serving mayor, was given a quilt made from his shirts bearing the city’s logo.

    Joe Shaw, who was mayor for 33 years, died last November.

    Several months ago, Charlotte Shaw brought several of his shirts by City Hall to be given to municipal employees, but city staff decided to have a quilt sewn for her, instead.