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  • Red Ventures’ Elias ‘flash funds’ supplies for 10 county schools

    What do iPads, a box of stability balls and a stack of books related to “Romeo and Juliet” have in common?

    They are just some of the supplies in 19 Lancaster County classrooms “flash funded” Thursday by Ric Elias, CEO of Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students. 

  • Movement Mortgage opens new corporate headquarters

    FORT MILL – Movement Mortgage on Friday opened its new $22 million headquarters and announced that it is two years ahead of schedule on its goal of creating 672 jobs at the facility. 

    Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials joined company executives and employees for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Housing authority considers instituting a smoking ban

    The Housing Authority of Lancaster County is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for tenants at two public housing complexes.

    Its executive director, Jerry Witherspoon, discussed the matter with Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night, while reporting the authority’s activities over the past year.

    The local housing authority provides housing for low-income families and oversees Caroline Court apartments and Frank L. Roddey Homes. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students. 

  • Will fast scramble for grant pay off?

    Two of Lancaster’s top officials have been knocking on doors in the Poovey Farm and King Circle neighborhoods, scrabbling to gather income data needed for a grant application that they recently realized might get the city $1.5 million for sewer repairs.
    “We’re pushing hard and don’t want to miss the opportunity,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles, who has been doing the footwork with Finance Director James Absher. “It’s out there, and we want to grab it if we can.”      

  • State Senate passes roads bill

    COLUMBIA – The roads bill passed by S.C. senators on Wednesday isn’t passing muster with most of the Lancaster County legislative delegation.
    A Senate bill that would spend $400 million on road repairs for one year, but not raise the state’s gasoline tax to fund repairs longer term, passed 30-15 after 18 Democratic amendments were rejected by the chamber’s 27 Republicans.
    The $400 million would come from the state’s general fund in a year when the state has collected an additional $1 billion in revenue.

  • 3 charged in Russian roulette case

    Three Lancaster men have been charged in connection with the unintentional Russian roulette suicide of Brandon Reese, whose body was found Jan 12 in his pickup parked off rural John Everall Road.
    Lakendick Tayon Wade, 20, and Quindarreus Omar Johnson, 19, are both charged with unauthorized removal of a dead body, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement Thursday.

  • Mimicking the mood of the angry masses

    Loved by friends, idolized by followers and hated by foes, he’s been labeled as quick-tempered, fearless, indifferent, strong-willed, tough, vulgar and profane.
    His strange trademark hairstyle leaves an instant impression. He has a penchant for speaking his mind in a powerful, devil-may-care plain language few have ever heard.
    He admits he can be hotheaded and downright mean. And if you don’t like him, well, he doesn’t care.
    That’s a pretty apt description of Donald Trump, right?

  • Horrific wreck kills longtime Lancaster firefighter

    A Lancaster man was among two people killed in a horrific crash early Monday when a van and a logging truck collided on S.C. 9 in Chester County.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the incident happened about 8 a.m. when a 2003 Chevrolet van was traveling west on S.C. 9 about 6 miles east of Lockhart. The van crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Western logging truck. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.