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  • Schools eye monitoring policy

    Guidelines about how surveillance is to be used in local schools and who has access to it will soon be much clearer.

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously passed first reading of a policy Tuesday night that explains how surveillance equipment will be used inside the schools.

    "I consider it something we need to provide to ensure safety for the students," board member Mary Etta Taylor said. "I see it as protection for the students."

  • Huckabee wins Lancaster; McCain takes S.C.

    Lancaster County voters chose former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a big way over his closest competitor, U.S. Sen. John McCain, in the state's Republican presidential primary on Saturday.

    But Lancaster County’s votes didn’t mirror the statewide results, which gave the victory to the Arizona senator.

    Here, Huckabee received 1,968 votes (39.28 percent of the votes), while McCain received 1,288 votes, (25.71 percent).

    Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson finished third here, receiving 978 votes (19.52 percent).

  • More snow on the way

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow on Saturday - it won't keep kids from going to school.

    A cold airmass combined with moisture heading toward the Carolinas will combine to create another bout of winter weather on Saturday.

    According to the National Weather Service, the precipitation will begin as rain across the area, except for Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, where a mix of snow and rain is expected.

    As a low pressure system passes to the east, colder air will begin moving across the area, causing the rain to change to snow later on Saturday.

  • Local events to celebrate life and dream of MLK

    A number of events are scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lancaster County.

    Most will be held Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Schools and local, state and government offices will be closed to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader. The Lancaster News office on North White Street is also closed for the holiday.

    Events kick off when the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP holds its annual celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at Living Word Church of Lancaster, 115 Market St.

    Events scheduled for Monday include:

  • District schools field first all-county bands in years

    The county's best band players will come together this weekend for a concert the entire community can enjoy.

    For the first time in years, the middle and high schools in the Lancaster County School District have organized two all-county bands that will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Between 150 and 200 of the top players in the district are expected to participate, said Scot McGuire, director of bands at Andrew Jackson High School.

  • Republican primary is Saturday

    If you plan to vote in the Republican presidential primary Saturday, you may see some names on the ballot that aren't familiar to you.

    That's because the ballot will list some candidates who've already dropped out of the race, as well as some lesser-known candidates.

    The Republicans on the ballot are: Hugh Cort, John Cox, Cap Fendig, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson.

  • Heath Springs considers curfew

    HEATH SPRINGS - Heath Springs Town Council is considering a curfew for anyone 16 and under.

    Vincent Webb, a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy whose duties are to police the town, spoke to Town Council on Tuesday about recent incidents where youngsters were spotted in town in the early morning hours without adult supervision.

    Webb mentioned an incident where three males, all 17 and 18, and five girls, some of whom were just 13, were spotted on Clyde Street at 3 a.m. in early November.

    "I would like to see a curfew in place where I can do a little bit more," Webb said.

  • BREAKING NEWS! Lancaster County Schools - 2 Hour Delay!

    Thursday, January 17, 2008: Lancaster County Schools under 2 hour delay due to winter weather and snow.

    For more information, click here

  • Community raises funds to help sick friend

    After a week under heavy sedation, the first thing Amy Saylors said was, "I've got to pay my bills."

    Saylors had been hospitalized with a case of pneumonia so severe that doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina did not have a name for it. They said she was lucky to be alive.

    It was New Year's Day when Saylors became so sick that an ambulance had to transport her from Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster more than three hours south to MUSC in Charleston.

  • Officials keep close eye on winter storm

    Local officials are keeping a close eye on the movements of a winter storm heading toward the state.

    Lancaster County is under a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. tonight to 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Wintry precipitation is forecast to develop across the region by late tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Light snow will develop and mix with sleet and rain. There may be a period of light snow after midnight. The weather service said light accumulation is possible, but will be less than an inch.