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Today's News

  • Girl Scouts win awards for learning, doing

    From release

    Girl Scouts from several Lancaster County troops recently completed a number of educational and service projects and met the requirements for top awards.
    Troop 970 Junior Girl Scouts of the Lancaster District A.M.E. Zion Church earned their Bronze Award by studying how to take care of their kidneys.
    The girls researched kidney disease and dialysis treatments. They reviewed the sugar content in their favorite beverages. By doing this research, the entire group decided to drink water at each meeting.

  • Hugh Mobley chairs committee looking for USC’s next president

    Lancaster’s Hugh Mobley will chair the search committee to find a successor to Harris Pastides, retiring president of the University of South Carolina.
    Mobley, founder of Mobley Drugs and vice chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, joins 12 others on the search committee.
    Mobley called Pastides, who announced last month that he will retire next year after a decade in the job, a one-of-a-kind leader.

  • Column: Scott: Let’s thank our state’s 43,000 female veterans

    For more than 200 years, countless brave men and women have defended, fought for and sacrificed for this nation – helping to create and protect American democracy and the country and freedoms we all love so dearly. Our service members are real-life heroes, who personify bravery and courage, and deserve our endless gratitude and respect.

  • Column: ‘Awe over the public show of patriotism’

    Editor’s note: This is one community leader’s reaction to Wednesday’s paper, which contained three sections – 22 pages – of Veterans Day tributes to those who’ve served our country. Special-sections editor Jane Alford, an Air Force veteran, led the effort.

    To The Lancaster News and the Lancaster County community:
    I have never been more proud to be counted in the number of American veterans as I was Wednesday night. I literally did not want to put the newspaper down.

  • LHS’s Clark looking to Down Under Games

    Lancaster High School track standout Janard Clark thought it was a joke.
    When he realized it wasn’t, he was so excited he nearly was moved to tears.
    “I really was excited,” Clark said.
    Clark was recently notified he has been selected to compete in the Down Under Sports track competition for the 19th annual International Games in July in Gold Coast, Australia.
    The Down Under Sports program features competition in football, cross country, golf, track and field, basketball and volleyball.

  • Panthers’ early surge key win over Vols

    ABBEVILLE – Abbeville High School’s No. 1 Panthers, decked in all-back uniforms, struck in cat-quick fashion to fuel a 54-13 win over scrappy Andrew Jackson High School Thursday night in the opening round of the Class AA Upper State football playoffs.
    The game was originally set for Friday night, but moved a day ahead with expected heavy rain to the already soggy field at AHS’s Hite Stadium.
    The 10-0 Panthers, led by quarterback J.D. Moore, ignited for four touchdowns in the opening quarter to take a 27-0 lead on the Volunteers.

  • Warriors surge, trounce Tigers

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School “Reservation” was aroused come the second half of the Warriors’ Class AAA Upper State first-round home game with Crescent High School of Iva on Thursday night.
    The game was actually scheduled to be played Friday, but moved ahead with expected heavy rain in the area.
    In the second half, the Warriors, down 7-6 to upset-minded Crescent, went on the warpath to take control on the way to a 29-14 win over the Tigers at the ILHS “Reservation.”

  • Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • ‘Our hearts are broken’

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Tuesday night.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.