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Today's News

  • Top spellers compete tonight

    Kierstyn Drayton of New Height Middle School and Raegan Griggs of Plainview Elementary carry a slight advantage into tonight’s Chesterfield County Schools Spelling Bee.
    They were there last year.
    Neither won, that honor went to Jackson Morris, then an eighth-grader at McBee High School, who  correctly spelled “sonata.”
    The district bee begins at 6 p.m. at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield.

  • Column: Gregory answers road questions aplenty

    The struggle to maintain and expand our state’s roads is akin to the war against the Axis in 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
    Our armed forces had been underfunded and neglected for decades, so the ramp up to a sufficient fighting force was slow, but moving forward. Still, it seemed bad news outweighed good at the time.

  • ILHS wrestlers atop the mat heap

    The Indian Land High School wrestling team has reached another milestone – No. 1 in Class AAA wrestling, but ILHS isn’t resting on its mat laurels.
    Indian Land, 15-2, was ranked No. 1 in Class AAA wrestling by SCMAT, the South Carolina high school wrestling website, when its latest poll was released earlier this week.

  • LHS soccer standout Plyler signs to play at Coker College

    Lancaster High School girls soccer star Lydia Plyler launched her final high school semester with action on her future.
    Plyler, the ace goalkeeper on the LHS Lady Bruins soccer team, signed a scholarship to continue her education and soccer career at Coker College in Hartsville.

  • 150 school staffers train on new STEAM system

    Earth Wind and Fire’s upbeat “September” echoed through the new Lancaster High School multipurpose room Tuesday as 150 teachers and administrators got their groove on for the district’s STEAM training launch.
    “It was a fantastic event. Absolutely fantastic,” said LHS Principal Rosalyn Mood, who was one of 150 selected for the evening session. “There was just a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the profession.”
    David Shamble, principal of Indian Land High School, agreed.

  • Column: Taxes on residential property due Jan. 15

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2019, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.
    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15. The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.

  • Column: Foot-dragging by council has hiked cost of animal shelter

    For more than two years, the Lancaster County Council has been promising to build a new animal shelter to replace the current one dating from the 1970s. They insisted that the new shelter was Priority One.
    At the last Infrastructure and Regulations Committee meeting of 2018, it was decided that the shelter construction bids were too high by $300,000 to $500,000, and committee members wanted to consider cost-cutting measures before accepting one of the bids.

  • Column: Federal report shows how Texas shooter eluded background check

    I have previously written about bureaucratic failures that have been the enabling cause in many – but not all – mass shootings.
    I want to take a few minutes to go into some detail on the Nov. 5, 2017, killings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

  • Do not call 911 if all you need is a designated driver

    Lancaster police charged a woman with disorderly conduct and unlawful 911 use Dec. 30 after she allegedly called dispatchers three times asking for a designated driver.
    According to a Lancaster police report, Laquisha Shanice McIlwain, 26, called 911 first at 12:28 a.m., saying she was extremely intoxicated and needed a ride home from the Pardue Street apartment complex.
    When officers arrived there, McIlwain was nowhere to be found, so they left. At 12:52 a.m., she called 911 again, asking for a ride home from the 2000 block of Pardue Street, the report said.

  • CVS worker thanks boss: ‘I’m alive because of her’

    Basilio “B.C.” Calchera and his wife, Gini, recently took flowers, a cake and balloons to the CVS Pharmacy on Great Falls Highway.
    The surprise gifts were a thank you for Julie Covone, the store manager, whose quick action the couple credits with helping to save B.C.’s life.
    “I’m alive because of her!” Calchera exclaimed.
    The crisis happened Dec. 29. Covone had a gut feeling that things weren’t right when she got to work that Saturday.