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Today's News

  • Bill: Business as usual or is it real reform?

    Several weeks ago we joined with other South Carolina groups to expose an effort by House leaders to sabotage ethics reform and evade disclosure and independent scrutiny.
    House leaders’ plan to decriminalize ethics violations and force citizen activists to become lobbyists was outrageous, and a diverse coalition of citizen groups jointly and publicly denounced it.

  • S.C. and digital learning: The good, bad and ugly

    Anyone who has followed our columns knows that I am a huge believer in the power of technology to transform education and enable “leapfrog” progress for our children.
    And unless you have been living under a rock, don’t read newspapers, watch TV or think about what’s happening in the world, one thing is abundantly clear to all – technology is as vital to education in the 21st century as books and chalk boards were in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Cocky’s book mission – improve literacy

    By Chloe Gould
    USC School of Journalism
    Rows of first-graders sat cross-legged in their elementary school’s library, chattering to kids in other classes in fits of nervous excitement.
    They pulled on the laces in their sneakers and were reminded, time and time again, to keep their bottoms on the ground.
    “If I see Cocky, I’m going to pee my pants,” said one student at W.B. Goodwin Elementary School in North Charleston.

  • Summer classes underway at USC

    University of South Carolina
    The University of South Carolina’s expansion to three full semesters is underway, with classes beginning this week.
    Officials say student response, particularly among juniors, has been strong to On Your Time: Summer at Carolina, a new program of summer courses offered over eight sessions that range from one to 12 weeks. Because of its flexible design, course registration for the later summer sessions is still open, allowing students to progress toward their degree and working toward the goal of graduating in four years.

  • Protecting our local watersheds

    As a part of Lancaster County for more than 60 years, the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District wants to remind the community that everyone has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) celebrated the 58th year of Stewardship Week April 28-May 5. The 2013 Stewardship Week was themed “Where Does Your Water Shed?”  

  • Tree tunnels can take your breath away

    I have always loved the way old trees, especially Live Oaks, arch over roads and lawns.

    Every time I drive toward Edisto Island, the loveliness of moss-draped limbs hanging overhead gives me goosebumps.

    Years ago it was such a thrill to walk under the magnificent trees in front of Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans, that iconic scene that I had looked at wistfully in magazines for years.

    Both of these places are examples of tree tunnels, roads or paths with trees on both sides forming a canopy overhead.

  • Council discusses closing up historic jail

    A tight county budget and differing opinions on how best to use the county’s historic jail may keep the building unused a little longer than expected.
    County Administrator Steve Willis brought the issue up for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s Monday, May 13 meeting.
    Council has been mulling options for how best to use the building, located on West Gay Street, since discovering severe cracks in its ceiling in June 2010.
    Talks began again last month after stabilization work on the ceilings and walls was finally completed.

  • Store manager arrested for indecent exposure

    Concord, N.C. – The manager of Lancaster’s Belk department store was arrested Wednesday, May 15, in Concord after someone called 911 to report he was naked and touching himself outside a public shopping center.
    Chris Brien Clark, 46, of Indian Trail, N.C., was arrested at 10:16 a.m. on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace, according to a Concord (N.C.) Police Department arrest report.
    Police officers responded to the 7700 block of Bruton Smith Boulevard in Concord about reports of a man exposing himself outside.

  • Fire burns home, outbuilding

    A group of firefighters tackled a blaze at a Culp Landsford Road home at about 1:27 p.m. Thursday, May 16, though the damage was extensive.
    Deputies responded to the 1300 block of Culp Landsford Road about a structure fire, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. A 29-year-old man told deputies he started a fire to burn a stump in his back yard. He stated the fire then spread quickly to a small storage building a short distance from the stump and then burned a large portion of the back of his home, the report said.

  • Annual 4-H fundraiser at Tractor Supply ends today

    CHEVY CHASE, MD – Today, May 19, is the final day of the spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply.
    Now in its third year, the national in-store fundraiser benefits state and local 4-H programs across the United States including Lancaster County.
    Tractor Supply Company shoppers in nearly 1,000 communities can buy paper clovers for a $1, $5, or more donation at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and support 4-H youth development program activities in their communities.