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  • Schools dismiss early today

    Lancaster County schools will dismiss early today due to expected inclement weather this afternoon. Elementary schools will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

  • Interim dean Stan Emanuel:‘USCL is here to stay’

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster celebrated a milestone Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building, Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000-square-foot classroom building, named in honor of major donor Founders Federal Credit Union, is going up between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and the Medford Library.

    In all, approximately 50 people attended the event braving freezing temperatures to witness the official start of a project conceived in 2005 and finally set to open in early 2014.

  • Fire burns home in Elgin community

    Fire destroyed the home of an Elgin family Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, but the family is safe thanks to the quick action of its two youngest members.

    Elgin, Rich Hill and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the fire at 138 Woodside Drive about 3:30 p.m.

    When Elgin firefighters arrived at the tan doublewide minutes later, they found the family outside watching as flames licked through the home’s vinyl siding in spots along the right front side, the roof starting to sag above a burned-out bedroom.

  • Expect winter weather, freezing rain Friday

    Much of Lancaster County saw its coldest morning in almost a year Wednesday with a reported temperature of 18 to 19 degrees.

    But the cold Arctic air hasn’t quite worked its way out of the Carolinas.

    This week, forecasters have been tracking a potential winter storm that could affect this portion of the Piedmont between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

    The weather system should be small and quick-moving, said WCNC forecaster Larry Sprinkle.

  • All-county band festival canceled

    The Lancaster County School District announced Thursday, Jan. 24, it had postponed its all-county band festival due to possible bad weather on Friday afternoon. The two-day clinic for middle and high school band members, which was set for Friday and Saturday and would have included a concert Saturday afternoon at Lancaster High School auditorium, will be rescheduled at a later time. No date has been set. 

       

  • USCL breaks ground on Founders Hall

    University of South Carolina Lancaster officials and community members celebrated a milestone in the campus’ development Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000 square-foot classroom and faculty office building, which will be built between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and Medford Library, is slated for to open in 2014.

  • Armed man enters home, fires gun

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
      A Lancaster woman was traumatized, but uninjured, after a man allegedly forced his way into her home armed with a gun Tuesday, Jan. 22.
    Officers responded at 6:45 a.m. to an armed robbery at a home in the 400 block of Heath Circle, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    As they neared the home, officers saw a 29-year-old woman run from the house who was “visibly upset and shaken,” the report said.

  • One dead, two injured at paper mill

    CATAWBA – A contractor was killed and two others injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Resolute Forest Products, the paper mill formerly known as AbitibiBowater.

    According to York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell and a Resolute spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as three contractors were doing maintenance work inside a tank-like “scrubber” located behind the main production area.

  • County’s jobless rate ticks back up

    Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

    Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.

  • Kershaw council splits on park request

    KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.

    Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.

    Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.

    Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.