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Today's News

  • At 99, Clemson’s Skardon to walk in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Ken Scar
    Clemson University

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — The start of the annual Bataan Memorial Death March is a raucous affair.
    The boom of cannon fire sends 7,000 athletes surging across the starting line into the New Mexican desert under a vibrant orange and violet sunrise. They whoop and cheer as they embark on one of America's most grueling sporting events.

  • Local cultural groups fear Trump budget cuts

    Leaders of arts and cultural groups in Lancaster County expect to be scrambling for new revenue sources if President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal programs take effect.
    The president’s 2018 budget plan would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – programs that have built and funded arts programs in Lancaster County for many years.

  • 130 attend student-safety forum in Indian Land

    Lancaster County School District officials hosted the first of several After-School Student Safety Forums on Tuesday at Indian Land Middle School, drawing a crowd of nearly 130 parents and students.
    Panelists addressed the dangers of playing the “choking game,” vehicle and bus safety, social media, drugs, gun safety and bullying.

  • 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.