Today's News

  • ArrowPointe announces new scholarships

    The average tuition in public two-year colleges increased by 4.2 percent and by 6.6 percent at public four-year colleges since last year, according to the College Board, a nonprofit organization of more than 5,200 educational institutions.

    With the cost of tuition on the rise and student debt at an all-time high, ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union recognizes the need to help students reach their higher education goals.

  • 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).

  • Lady Warriors rebound, win

    INDIAN LAND - The Indian Land Lady Warriors returned home and were on the rebound in Conference III-A hoops play.

    The IL girls, who fell to Chesterfield 54-50 in region play at CHS on Tuesday night, bounced back in their first home game of the 2008 portion of their schedule Friday night.

    The Lady Warriors held off a late Lewisville charge to take a 47-43 win over the Lady Lions.

    The IL girls' four-point win gave the Warriors a split.

    Lewisville downed the Warriors in the nightcap, posting a 55-35 win.

  • Bad weather, sling blades and politics don't mix

    Guess what? It snowed this week. It rained, too.

    Just a few weeks ago, you were moping your weary brow and gnashing your teeth while wishing for a little cooler weather.

    Are you happy now? Not me.

    You know, I don't really care much for icy, cold winter weather. I'd just as soon have the hardwood leaves remain green and attached to the trees year-round.

    But sitting around watching the newscasts inside a warm house made me do a little thinking.

    Those of us who have managed to hang on for a number of winters have seen great strides in home heating.

  • 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.

  • Church transforms basement into 'Holy Ground' for Passage Through Psalms

    Two years ago, a visiting pastor asked Betty Kay Hudson if he could take off his shoes in the basement of First United Methodist Church.

    The pastor had come there for Passage Through Psalms.

    Hudson said the man encountered something he never expected –he found his burning bush, just as Moses did.

    "He came in sensing the presence of God and said 'this is holy ground,' " Hudson said. "It is a spiritual experience that has that effect on everyone who comes."

  • Melton cites family support at induction

    Max Melton said having family attend his S.C. High School Football Officials Hall of Fame induction on Saturday made it special.

    "When you work high school games and are away from home a good bit, you have to have the support of your family," Melton said. "My family was able to attend the induction and it meant a great deal to me.

    "Their support is greatly appreciated," he said. "My wife (Karen) and my two children (Matt and Casey) and my parents (Mr. and Mrs. Max Melton Sr.) attended and that made it special.

  • 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.