• Clinton Elementary students may switch schools

    Clinton Elementary School will allow students to transfer to other public schools as a result of recently released data tied to federal No Child Left Behind standards. 

    Based on final data collected as part of the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the S.C. Department of Education has identified Clinton Elementary as a school required to offer public school choice for the 2012-13 school year, with transportation provided by the district.  

  • Man reports assault by mob

    A Lancaster man suffered a facial fracture following an assault at a wedding party, and police are still searching for the suspects. 

    Officers began investigating the incident after a 24-year-old man came to the lobby of the police department at about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5, to report an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • North Elementary student suspended for bringing knife to summer school class

    A North Elementary School summer program student was suspended last week after bringing a pocket knife to school.

    Though no one was threatened or injured in the incident, Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident is a good reminder as the new school year begins of the seriousness of the offense.

    Vaughn said the incident came to light when another student told a teacher that the 11-year-old rising fifth-grader had a knife.

  • DHEC gathers public input on Pressley’s permit

    Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents at Indian Land Middle School on Aug. 7 to discuss a pending permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center and solicit public input.

    Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ronald R. Olsen has requested a permit to operate a previously unpermitted concrete crusher in the wake of a December compliance letter from DHEC ordering him to address multiple regulatory violations at the site.

    The center is located at 9531 Charlotte Highway.

  • Van Wyck post office faces cuts

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck post office survived a potential closing last year, but now faces a reduction in hours, according to the latest cost-saving plan from the U.S. Postal Service. 

    The Post Office Structure (POSt) Plan calls for reducing hours in 17,700 of 32,000 postal retail locations. For Van Wyck’s office, this would mean opening for four rather than eight hours on weekdays. 

    Last year’s proposed closure of 3,700 rural post offices was met with an outpouring of complaints from the affected communities. 

  • Seth Muennich will be the ‘Giving Tree’

    Life has a way of turning full circle.
    On Dec. 2, 2011, students planted a red maple tree in the Buford Middle School courtyard to remember the late Seth Muennich.
    Now it’s Seth's family doing the planting, through Seth’s Giving Tree, a local foundation with a goal to impact the lives of 12- to 16-year-olds in Lancaster County.
    At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, the foundation will host the Bear Hug Brawl Classic, a football jamboree for the county’s junior varsity football teams at Buford High School stadium.

  • Court upholds BZA ruling on concrete plant

    Reece Murphy
    A circuit court judge has upheld the Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals’ Oct. 11 ruling in the case of Thomas Concrete.
    The controversial ruling, which reversed a zoning department official’s determination revoking the company’s right to operate in the 521 Perimeter Commerce Park in Indian Land, represents an ongoing dispute between the concrete companies in the park and residents of nearby neighborhoods who consider the plants’ operations a nuisance.

  • County Council to discuss EMS volunteer project

     Christopher Sardelli
    For those who participate, the intense obstacle course is designed to test human endurance and boost teamwork skills, all to support veterans with disabilities.
    The only obstacle now is the entry fee.
    At Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, Aug. 13, council members will discuss assisting several Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services employees who will participate in this October’s Tough Mudder Challenge.

  • Teen-produced play to open Friday

    Reece Murphy
    A group dedicated to carrying on the dreams of a talented young Lancaster County actress taken before her prime is set to open the curtains on its first production this weekend at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium.
    “Word Wars” is a first-run original comedy produced primarily by local teens and proudly presented by the Kristen Alexandra Tinsley Theater Scholarship Fund (KATTS).

  • Rain, rain and more rain

    Heat and drought have been mentioned in the news this week nearly as much as the 2012 Olympics.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees, which tops the record of 77.4 degrees set in July 1936. Records date back to 1895.