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Today's News

  • Hail to the grads!

    More than 850 graduates across Lancaster County took a big step into adulthood during high school commencements Friday.
    Graduates from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools flipped their tassels in front of loving family members, classmates and friends. Carolina Christian Academy held its commencement Thursday night.
    AJHS started off the graduation day with 158 graduates walking across the stage. They threw their caps in the air and had a silly-string fight, as Principal Alex Dabney made it official.

  • Norrell’s greatest skill: Connecting

    Retired couple Carol Edens and Ed Epps chatted with Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith for a few minutes Wednesday at an Irish pub in Spartanburg.
    Then Edens asked about “that 15-year-old girl” who was campaigning with him for lieutenant governor.
    “Oh, she’s young,” Smith said. “But she’s a good egg, with an old soul.”
    Smith moved on, and Mandy Powers Norrell sat down at their table with a bright, wide smile, locking eyes individually with the man and then the woman.

  • ‘It’s important to understand they risked everything for us’

    Thursday classes ended at 11:30 a.m. for Buford High, but the learning continued for seven of its JROTC cadets.
    They spent much of the midday under a baking sun placing American flags on the markers of military veterans buried at Lancaster’s Memorial Park in preparation for Sunday’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. And they volunteered to do it.
    The significance of the task wasn’t lost on 16-year-old Dakota “Blaze” Hegler.

  • USCL is reaching out to IL this fall

    USC Lancaster is expanding to a satellite location in Indian Land, offering several courses at Indian Land High School this fall.
    “Over the years we have really worked hard to reach out to the Indian Land community,” USCL Dean Walt Collins said Thursday. “We’re just excited, very excited, to be in Indian Land and have a presence here.
    “We want to help students be successful – whatever students that come our way.”

  • USDA lends Upper Palmetto Y $296,000 for Indian Land facility

    Indian Land is one step closer to getting its own YMCA.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced May 16 that it is loaning Upper Palmetto YMCA nearly $300,000 to help pay for a 74,000-square-foot YMCA, with an outdoor sports and play area on more than 15 acres.
    The facility is expected to bring in more than 120 jobs, according to the USDA release.
    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes says the USDA loan may be enough to get the project moving in the right direction, but just buying the land could cost at least $1.5 million.

  • Buford, Lancaster graduation ceremonies moved inside

    Due to the possibiity of threatening weather this evening, the Lancaster County School District has moved the Buford High School and Lancaster High School graduation ceremonies inside. To get in either ceremony, you must have a ticket.  The BHS ceremony is 6 p.m. in the school gym at 4290 Tabernacle Road. The Lancaster High ceremony is 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, 617 Normandy Road.

  • For Regina Belle, Lancaster is like family

    Regina Belle was disappointed when she missed her concert at USC Lancaster in February after coming down with the flu.
    Now, with the award-winning R&B vocalist taking to the Bundy Auditorium stage Thursday to make up for it, she has two words for fans – “Get ready.”

  • Weed worse than kudzu? If you see it, call experts

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – Just as the weather warms, they pop their ugly heads out of hiding. But thank goodness they do, because now is the best time to find them so they can be destroyed.
    The flowers of cogongrass are in bloom now, helping the invasive weed resume its aggressive spread to new fields and forests. Left unchecked, cogongrass will form dense stands over large areas and choke out native plants, doing untold damage to local ecology and to farmers’ fields.

  • ‘Overnight, his life changed’

    Deontee Patterson is one of the 330 seniors graduating from Lancaster High School this week, but he won’t be walking across the stage with his classmates at tonight’s commencement.

    Patterson, 17, got his diploma May 1 in a personal delivery from Principal Rosalyn Mood and other LHS staffers, who visited him in his room at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte.
    Patterson has spent the past three months at Levine, fighting anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer that’s most common in young people – usually boys.

  • Tribute to a joyous soul

    Terri Ledbetter spent every day smiling, dancing, listening to music, praying for her friends and hoping for a picnic. She died unexpectedly three years ago at 43.
    Her mother, Janice Steele, has spent every day since then making sure that Terri would be remembered.
    Her goal was to honor Terri and show gratitude to Terri’s friends at the Chester Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs on Camp Creek Road, where Terri spent two dozen years in the day-program workshop.