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Today's News

  • Annette Melton: No more field days in heels

    It’s time for Dr. Annette Melton’s next challenge.
    The Kershaw Elementary School principal will no longer be climbing ropes on field day in high heels. She is retiring after 34 years with the Lancaster County School District and seven years as KES principal. She will become state director for AdvancED, a educational nonprofit headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., and Alpharetta, Ga.
    Her last day was March 10.

  • Joe Keenan: ‘You know when it’s time to go’

    Joe Keenan was so excited when he became principal of Lancaster High School in July 1996, he forgot to pick up his wife, Debbie, from the hospital after surgery.
    His new job was just that enthralling.
    Now, 21 years later, Dr. Keenan has decided to retire.
    “People tell you ‘you know when it’s time to go,’ and it’s time,” he said.
    Keenan, 56, said some of his best memories are the school winning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for student achievement, and the Lady Bruins’ 2015 state basketball championship.

  • Lancaster man gets 20 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison Friday for molesting a 5-year-old child in 2010.
    Albert Lee Witherspoon, 26, was to have stood trial last Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.
    Witherspoon, whose case was prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, was taken from court Monday and held at the Lancaster County Detention Center until Friday’s sentencing.

  • Helping towns rediscover their spark

    More than 150 local leaders gathered Wednesday at USC Lancaster to explore a new idea for bringing pride and growth back to the towns in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation announced a partnership with the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation, which has created  Community Heart & Soul, a field-tested process for helping small, rural towns rediscover their spark.
    “I see heart and soul at every table,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the Sims Foundation, as she scanned the audience of movers and shakers.

  • 38 years of firefighting for ‘backbone of Elgin’

    At 67, Randy White has been jumping into his turnout gear in the middle of the night for almost four decades. Last year, he was at 78 percent of the fires the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department responded to.

    So it’s no surprise that White has been selected by his peers as Lancaster County’s first Firefighter of the Year.
    White appreciates the honor, but he’s not really fond of being singled out for attention. He would rather be a part of the Elgin crowd than stand out from it.

  • Column: As proms begin, let’s be vigilant on DUI and drinking parties

    In 2001, the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth was formed and is now led by a network of over 40 local public, private, civic and faith-based organizations.
    Over that time, the coalition has worked to raise awareness and address a wide range of problem youth behaviors such as substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy and gang affiliation.  
    One project sponsored by the coalition, “Take ‘U’ out of DUI,” addresses two important community problems: driving under the influence of alcohol and underage drinking.

  • Column: Keeping the conversation going about race, policing

    Almost six months ago, the “Let’s Talk About It” community forum was held at Lancaster High School to engage in a discussion related to violence, law enforcement and race.
    With almost 200 in attendance, the forum brought together people from different races, ages, socioeconomic groups and geographies.  With support from Sheriff Barry Faile and then-Police Chief Harleen Carter, the audience began the process of discussing ways to prevent violence and other problems from occurring in our community.  

  • Column: Democrats are redefining the party

    We are witnessing the revelation of the real Democratic Party.
    Democratic representatives in Washington have set aside their elected responsibilities to adopt one goal – “get Trump.” They don’t seem interested in legislating, only blocking whatever might be credited to Trump in a positive way.
    Democrats claim to be for the working man, but they wanted to block the pipeline that created thousands of jobs in construction and the steel industry. The Democrats want to block the wall, which also would create jobs.

  • Lady Jackets blank Bruins

    The unbeaten Buford High School Lady Jackets upped their soccer record to 5-0 on the season, taking a 4-0 win over Class AAAA rival Lancaster High School at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

    BHS was led by forward Victoria Hinson, who tallied three goals in the Lady Jackets’ shutout win over the Lady Bruins.

    Midfielder Isabella Jones scored a goal. Midfielder Payton Howell and forward Waverly Bundy each had an assist in the Buford win.

  • LHS golfers stay unbeaten

    The Lancaster High School golf team stayed unbeaten on the links season, posting two wins on a cold, blustery day at the Lancaster Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon.

    LHS topped the field with a 164, followed by Andrew Jackson High School’s 196 and Westwood High School’s 224.

    The 5-0 Bruins were led by Trey Crenshaw’s 38 and Brady Hinkle followed with a 39.