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Today's News

  • Four grads get Teacher Forum scholarships

    Four Lancaster County School District graduates received Teacher Forum scholarships, bringing them one step closer to teaching in Lancaster County schools.

    This year’s winners are Andrew Jackson High graduate Hailley Burton, Buford High grad Madison Adams, Indian Land High grad Amber Lennox, and Lancaster High grad Nataly Knight.

    “We’re very excited these outstanding young people have committed to come back after college to teach in our county,” said Lisa Hallman, 2016-17 Teacher Forum chair. 

  • Fidget Spinner mania

    Today’s hot new toy is a tiny piece of plastic that spins.

    It’s called a Fidget Spinner.

    “This is what the kids are into these days,” South Middle teacher Holly Miranda said, as sixth-grader Dylan Rowell walked to the front of the room to demonstrate how to use the spinner. 

    “You hold it like this,” he said, using his thumb and index finger, “then just spin it with your other hand.”

  • An American in Florence

    We walk down a side street in Lastra a Signa, a small town outside of Florence, Italy, and my father asks me, “Why is everyone staring at us?”
    “It’s your New Balance tennis shoes,” I tease him. The Italians – especially Italian men – wear leather loafers.

  • SCLEAP: Providing on-call counseling for cops

    Joseph Crevier
    Carolina News

    When gunman Sueng-Hui Cho burst into a Virginia Tech classroom building and fatally shot 32 students and professors and wounded 17 others in April 2007, law enforcement officers from all over Southwest Virginia responded to the 911 alarm.

  • Crosson wins AJ Park volunteer award

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park gathered at the park’s main shelter for its annual volunteer appreciation picnic June 2.
    After enjoying their fill of hamburgers, baked beans, cornbread salad, watermelon and homemade strawberry, banana and chocolate ice cream, they headed into the amphitheater for the main event – the presentation of the group’s annual Volunteer of the Year award.

  • Turkey massacre: More deaths most fowl

    A little over a month after an investigation into the alleged killing of a duck by an estranged boyfriend, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another case of fowl play, only this time the victims are turkeys.
    According to the incident report, a Buford man who lives in the 4000 block of Tabernacle Road called the sheriff’s office shortly after arriving home from the beach June 1 to find his fence down and 20 turkeys missing.
    The turkeys were worth an estimated $240.

  • FBI to look into sex video case

    The York County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are reportedly investigating a dissemination of obscenity case against two Indian Land residents involving a pornographic video posted to social media by a spurned girlfriend.
    Though the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was originally involved in the investigation, sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said its investigation revealed the social media postings did not occur in the county and so no crime occurred here.

  • Column: McMaster, Trump and saving the planet (and state)

    On Saturday morning, June 3, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline, “McMaster backs Trump’s exit from climate accord.”
    Instantly, I remembered the words from a radio interview the day before with English businessman Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines and Records et. al) about President Donald Trump’s action. He said, “When the leaders won’t lead, the people will have to just get on with saving the planet; we have no choice.”

  • Like father, like son

    Mac Horton is a loyal man. He holds onto things for life, especially things that matter. Like memories and the people who made them.
    Blessed with exceptional listening skills, a photographic memory and a knack for words, he wrote a book, “Tales From Shelter Rock and Beyond,” about growing up in Heath Springs in the 1960s.
    James McMeekin Horton was born in 1953, the last of three children to Ward Beecher Horton and Mary Evelyn Caldwell Horton. He's been called “Mac” for as long as he can remember.

  • Column: Study shows why state’s pension fund is so troubled

    Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending.