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Today's News

  • Phoenix Café debuts

    The culinary arts kitchen at the Lancaster County Career Center was abuzz late Friday morning, and will continue to stay busy every other Friday with the grand opening of The Phoenix Café.
    The café, named after the new school mascot, features made-from-scratch meals prepared in-house by students, and serves the staff at Lancaster High School, the school district HQ and the career center.
    Chef Scott Michaw is at the helm in the kitchen, with more than 10 years of experience as a professional chef, and he said his students love this opportunity to cook.

  • Column: Why I back long-overdue education reform

    Seldom does being the youngest member of the General Assembly give me insights that my colleagues lack, but as the legislature begins work on education reform, youth gives me a unique perspective on this important undertaking.
    I have seen firsthand the changes our school systems have gone through in the last two decades, and I understand what makes our schools great but also where we have failed. This is why I support House Bill 3759, the South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act.

  • Warriors win state title over Gilbert 44-12

    CAYCE- Fittingly at Airport High School in Cayce, the Indian Land High

    School wrestling team reached its zenith for ILHS male sports.

    Feb. 9, 2019 will go down in Warriors sports annals as a glorious royal blue and gold day as the Warriors rolled to a 44-12 win over Lower State champion Gilbert High School for the Class AAA wrestling state championship.

    Gilbert, which finished 35-9, opened the match with a Grayson Keisler pin at 182, but the determined Warriors won eight straight to take command at 31-6.

  • Fundraising dance night exceeds all expectations

    Local celebs and Andrew Jackson students twirled their hearts out at Saturday night’s sold-out Dancing With The Stars and raised $25,000 for local arts programs – topping last year’s total by more than $10,000.
    “It was just completely overwhelming,” said Ashley Collins, the program’s executive director. “This year’s dancers were so energetic and committed to the cause, and so many people came out to support them.

  • Column: Magistrates on short leashes with ‘holdover’ status in effect

    In South Carolina, state senators largely control the selection of more than 300 county magistrates, who handle thousands of relatively minor criminal and civil cases annually.
    That power is amplified when magistrates finish their terms without being reappointed, a period known as “holdover” status in which they can serve indefinitely – and potentially feel more pressure to please their local senators.

  • Research links past lynchings to today’s low voter turnout

    Rick Uhlmann
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – Atrocities committed against black Americans generations ago are having an impact today on their descendants’ decision to cast ballots in elections, according to research conducted by a Clemson University economic historian.

  • County crafts tax break for solar farms

    The Lancaster County Council has voted to create a new property-tax arrangement just for solar farms – after months of struggling over whether it should lure these companies with favorable tax treatment even though they create no new local jobs.
    The first reading of the ordinance passed by a 6-1 council vote Jan. 28, with Billy Mosteller opposed.

  • Too many pit bulls

    Citing an upsurge in abused pit bulls, local animal advocates are cheering the introduction of an S.C. House bill that would charge pit bull owners a $500 fee for not spaying and neutering their pets.
    Under the proposed bill, sponsored by Rep. Chip Huggins of Lexington, pit bull owners who do not sterilize and microchip their animals face a $500 fee. If they don’t comply, they could be charged with a misdemeanor, fined $1,000 and eventually could face up to a year in jail.

  • 80 teens ready for a special Night to Shine

    Tonight, don’t be surprised if you see teens around Lancaster suited up in tuxes or sparkling in prom dresses.
    Prom night has come early.
    The Tim Tebow Foundation is sponsoring its fifth Night to Shine, a worldwide prom experience for those with special needs ages 14 and older.
    This year, Unity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lancaster will join 650 congregations across the world, creating a night to remember with limo rides, red carpet, hair and makeup stations, shoe-shines and karaoke.

  • Thornwell makes the most of return home

    CHARLOTTE – Sindarius Thornwell, the former Lancaster High School and USC Gamecocks hoops star, and the Western Conference Los Angeles Clippers were in Charlotte Tuesday night to face off against the Hornets and he made the most of the situation.
    Thornwell took advantage of his “homecoming,” spending a couple of days in Lancaster and visiting with family and friends, catching up with former coaches at a LHS hoops practice and helping the Clippers pull out a come-from-behind victory.