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  • School district system hacked

    Personal information about local students and school district employees could have been compromised by hackers who recently accessed passwords on computers used by Lancaster County School District personnel. 

    District officials sent employees, students and their parents a letter Tuesday telling them that hackers have captured keystrokes from district computers that are linked to a statewide student and employee database. 

  • Sheriff: Beware of scams

    They pose as charitable organizations, law enforcement officials, loan officers and sweepstakes companies, but it’s possible all they really want to do is steal your money. 

    Scams are on the rise in Lancaster County and authorities want residents to be mindful who they give personal information to, especially as reports of questionable organizations begin to pile up. 

  • Two teen-age girls missing

    Authorities are searching for two missing teenage girls who disappeared within weeks of each other. 

    Lancaster teenagers Melshia Mona Chambers, 15, and Katie Jean McHowell, 16, were both reported missing during the last few weeks, though the cases are unrelated. 

    Chambers was last seen April 11 by her mother Bridgette Chambers. According to a Lancaster Police Department press release, Melshia Chambers left her home at Lancaster’s Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street after a fight with her mother at 5:30 p.m.

  • School district database hacked

    Personal information about local students and school district employees could have been compromised by hackers who recently accessed passwords on computers used by Lancaster County School District personnel.
    District officials sent employees, students and their parents a letter Tuesday telling them that hackers have captured keystrokes from district computers that are linked to a statewide student and employee database.

  • County schools win Palmetto Awards

    The S.C. Department of Education has awarded Palmetto Awards to three Lancaster County high schools.
    Now in its 10th year, the award recognizes state schools that attain high levels on their report card absolute performance and growth ratings and substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between groups of students.
    Buford and Indian Land high schools each won Palmetto Gold awards for closing the achievement gap, while Andrew Jackson High School won a Palmetto Silver award for the same.

  • Possible housing for USCL students?

    Wayne McBride sees his proposed project as a way to give back to the college that helped him so much.
    McBride wants to build apartments near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster that would house college students. But first, the USCL alumnus needs a big favor from the city of Lancaster.
    City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday in favor of first reading to rezone property on Brook Road from residential (R-15) to multi-family (MF). That land, about .85 acres, is the targeted spot for McBride’s project, which would feature 10 apartment units.

  • Men shot in the leg

    Two men were shot in the leg in separate incidents this week.
    A Heath Springs man flagged down a deputy after being shot Tuesday morning.
    While patrolling Fork Hill Road in Kershaw at 9:48 a.m., a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy noticed a man waving his arms on the side of the road. The deputy stopped and spoke with the 27-year-old Heath Springs resident, according to an incident report.
    The man said he had been shot in the leg and had walked to a building in the 3800 block of Fork Hill Road looking for help.

  • Man charged with identity theft, more

    A Lancaster man faces an identity theft charge following a traffic stop where he used a false name.
    Lancaster police officers stopped a car at 2:19 a.m. March 18 after noticing it did not have working headlights. The driver did not have a license and said he left the house in a hurry to buy medicine at Walmart, according to an incident report. The man gave officers a name, driver’s license number, birth date and address and officers found no suspensions under that name, the report said.

  • Tax return deadline extended to Monday

    If you’re among the millions of American tax-dawdlers out there who have waited until the last minute to file your federal income tax by the traditional April 15 deadline, calm down and take a deep breath – you are not alone.
    In fact, an estimated 20 to 25 percent, more than 400,000, of South Carolina’s estimated 2 million taxpayers are in the same boat, having waited until this month to file, according to the IRS.
    Another reason to relax a bit? This year, you get a three-day reprieve.

  • Carolina Thread Trail seeks feedback on plans

    What’s the Carolina Thread Trail?
    Those who attended one of three recent open houses in Lancaster County found out. The meetings – held April 4 at Andrew Jackson High School, April 5 at Lancaster County Library and April 11 at the Indian Land Recreation Center – gave local residents a chance to look at maps of the proposed project, hear a live presentation and ask questions before responding to survey questionnaires.