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Today's News

  • High schools shift to 10-pt grading system

    Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, South Carolina’s high school students will be graded on a 10-point scale. The South Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted last week to make the change from the current 7-point scale.
    State Superintendent Molly Spearman said in a release the shift to a 10-point scale will level the playing field for Palmetto State high schoolers.

  • Will county OK hospitality tax before IL can grab the money?

    A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.
    While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.

  • USCL students celebrate Earth Day

    Polar bears, mini-greenhouses and human burial pods were among the projects featured this week at the annual Earth Day Event at USC Lancaster, as Geology 103 students ended the semester with proposals for a brighter future.  
    “This is my environmental geology class,” said Instructor Lynette Martek, surveying the crowded classroom. “These are the people who will save the Earth.”

  • New charges for suspect in IL murder

    A suspect arrested for the April 5 murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land has been served with additional warrants for firearm and drug violations.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, formerly of Van Wyck, was charged April 15 with possession of a stolen pistol, possession/distribution of prescription drugs and possession of other Schedule I to Schedule V drugs.
    Hayden was the last of four suspects arrested in the shooting death of Tran and was previously charged with murder and failure to report a crime.

  • Scammer fleeces IL woman for $98K

    A swindler working social media conned a 70-year-old Indian Land woman out of nearly $100,000 with talk of an overseas business opportunity, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The April 12 incident report said the Sun City Carolinas resident told the investigating deputy she met a 56-year-old man named “George Millard” on Facebook at the beginning of February.

  • McCoy issues new strategic plan

    Sheriff’s candidate Billy McCoy has released a slimmed-down strategic plan for the county, but is not answering questions about the new plan or the old one, which he retracted Tuesday after The Lancaster News revealed that it almost entirely duplicated an N.C. police department document.
    McCoy said Tuesday evening in a statement labeled “Retraction” that he had reworked his plan because “of the backlash and obvious desire by you, the citizens and constituents to have something different.”

  • Boger: I’m not involved with McCoy’s campaign

    An angry Mike Boger says he has been unfairly dragged into the controversy over Billy McCoy’s initial strategic plan, and he wants nothing more to do with the mess.
    “I’ve never spoken to Mr. McCoy,” said Boger, former police chief of Oakboro, N.C. “I wouldn’t know him if he ran out in front of me…. I don’t even know who your sheriff is, and I don’t like being dragged into this.”

  • Jackets’ Moser to wrestle at Coker

    One couldn’t blame Buford High School wrestling coach Garrett Plyler for having some mixed emotions Monday afternoon in the BHS conference room.
    Plyler, with star senior grappler Scotti Moser signing with Coker College in Hartsville to wrestle for the Cobras, is losing a little more than an ace athlete.
    “The biggest attribute the Coker College wrestling program is getting in Scotti is an outstanding leader,” Plyler said. “Scotti was a great leader for us on and off the mat.

  • Bundy hopeful of BHS strong finish

    The Buford High boys soccer team is 5-10 on the season, but BHS veteran coach John Bundy is confident the Jackets can have a solid finish.
    BHS, 2-2 in region play, went 1-3 in the Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase, which counts on the regular-season record, to open the 2016 season.
    “Our losses were to Class AAAA powerhouses J.L. Mann and Nation Ford and Class AAA South Pointe,” Bundy said. “Our win was against Governor’s School.”

  • USCL Lancers notch sweep of Louisburg

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers swept visiting Louisburg College (N.C.) in NJCAA Region X baseball play over the weekend.
    The Lancers, 34-15, improved to 16-8 in region play with the four wins at the Lancaster High School baseball field.
    The Lancers rolled to a 17-7 win to wrap up the four wins on Sunday afternoon.