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Today's News

  • Editor's Column: Heath Springs, please get your act together

    It’s time for Mayor Eddie Moore and the other elected officials of Heath Springs to stop the madness and start obeying the law.
    The town’s dispute with its longtime landscaping contractor has resembled a slow-motion car wreck over the past couple of months. Every time we think the car is finally skidding to a halt, it hits another curb and flips up in the air again.

  • Great Falls runner’s team wins division at Bataan memorial run

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    As a senior at Great Falls High School, cross-country runner Thomas Mills entered a marathon, only to find that not many 18-year-olds take part in them.
    His second marathon, completed last month, was much more important. It was a memorial to the Bataan Death March, a World War II atrocity in which 500 to 650 American prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army died during a 60-mile march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in April 1942.
    This was the 30th

  • County near top in S.C. population growth

    Lancaster County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.
    Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018.
    The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to 95,380 residents in 2018. It gained 2,756 residents from 2017 to 2018.

  • Shelter saving more pets

    The euthanization rate at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter plummeted in the first quarter of this year, thanks to aggressive adoption efforts and additional help from rescue groups.
    Seven percent of the animals taken in at the shelter from January through March had to be put down, said shelter Director Alan Williams. That’s down from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
    County Administrator Steve Willis celebrated the news.

  • IL sidewalk crusader victorious

    Eighteen months after launching a one-woman campaign to build sidewalks alongside two Indian Land schools, Pam Houge is getting her wish.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has approved a bid to build a 1,100-foot-long, 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the northwest side of River Road near Indian Land Middle and High schools.
    The completion date for the project, which will stretch from congested U.S. 521 to ILHS, is Nov. 5.

  • 7th graders win district art contest

    Two seventh-graders took the top awards at the Lancaster County School District 2019 Youth Art Contest, the first middle schoolers to win the two categories in the same year.
    South Middle School’s Cristofer Uribe-Morales and Indian Land Middle’s Rylen Witherspoon were honored at Tuesday’s school board meeting as Purchase Award winners, each taking home a plaque and a $75 check.
    Cristofer, who was not able to attend the meeting, won in the 2-D art category. Rylen won for 3-D art.

  • County schools to stay open during May 1 teacher protest

    As teachers across the state gear up for Wednesday’s protest rally at the State House, the Lancaster County School District is preparing for the impact it might have on the county.
    “I am 100 percent behind the teachers” on the issues of higher pay and smaller class sizes, Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said Friday.
    While some other school districts such as Chester County have canceled classes to accommodate the SC for Ed Rally in Columbia, Lancaster County schools will stay open, Phipps said.

  • Cauthen Motors Rumble Night set

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will host Cauthen Motors Rumble Night on Saturday.
    The LMS card will feature the Renegade Division paying $1,000 to win, Thunder Bombers $1,000 to win, SECA Crate Late Models, Super Stock, SECA Crate Sportsman, Pure Stock V8, Extreme 4 and a special edition, a tune-up race for the Buddy Crook Memorial, the MMSA 4-Cylinders for $500 to win race.
    With the Renegade and Thunder Bomber Divisions paying $1,000 to win, fans can bet the track will feature some of the top racing of the season for those competitive divisions.

  • Mingo-Watts inducted into Hampshire Honor Society

    IRVING, Texas – Three Newberry College student-athletes have been inducted into the Hampshire Honor Society for their academic accomplishments.
    Trevin Mingo-Watts of Lancaster, Jawanza Adams and Kevin Weber each received the prestigious honor, representing one quarter of the 12 South Atlantic Conference student-athletes inducted.

  • Junior Vols allow no goals in unbeaten season

    Andrew Jackson High School junior varsity soccer coach Brian Trimnal said he knew the Junior Volunteers were talented, but they took their game to another level this season.
    The Junior Vols fashioned a stellar 13-0 record, and in doing so didn’t yield a goal all season.
    The AJ jayvees, for their 13-match season, outscored their foes 63-0.
    “I’ve never been a part of a team which was unbeaten and didn’t allow a goal on the season,” Trimnal said. “It’s remarkable we had this success.