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  • Literacy network selected for new ESL program

    Lancaster County has been chosen to participate in a pilot English as a Second Language (ESL) initiative sponsored by a grant from the Dollar General Foundation.
    The initiative is spearheaded by Literacy Forward, an organization from central Texas, which aims to train local volunteer ESL instructors using the organization’s methods.
    Lancaster County is one of only three counties in the country to participate in the initiative, facilitated locally by Carolinas Literacy Network, CLN Marketing Consultant Beth Birt said.

  • See Lancaster SC earns national accreditation

    See Lancaster SC, the city of Lancaster’s marketing arm, has received a national designation as a result of its promotion and revitalization efforts.
    In April, See Lancaster was accredited as a National Main Street Program for meeting revitalization standards set by the National Main Street Center, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
    Each year, the National Main Street Center names Main Street programs nationwide that have used revitalization efforts to strengthen the local economy and protect historic structures.

  • Chasing the ‘ghost bird’

    Some images you never forget.
    One early morning several winters ago, seasoned biologist John Cely was quietly paddling  his  kayak down a stretch of Ceder Creek when he made out two black objects on the riverbank.
    He knew it was some kind of animal so he headed in that direction, Cely said in a 2009 ETV broadcast of "Congaree Swamp Stories."
    As he got closer, Cely said he realized it was two pigs.
    They were, I guess, what you’d call teenage pigs,” he said. “They were not adults; they weren’t babies.

  • City Council has quiet meeting

    During a season when elected officials are spending much time hashing out budget details, Lancaster City Council had a relatively quiet and quick meeting recently. Its Tuesday, May 28, meeting agenda feature no ordinances or action items. Nobody spoke during the public-comment period and there were no special presentations.
    City Finance Director James Absher gave his routine cash management and finance report, which showed no irregularities with the city’s money flow. Council members also looked over monthly reports, which city department heads are required to submit.

  • Troopers in midst of 100 Deadly Days of Summer

    Motorists across the state are being reminded of the 100 Deadly Days of Summer, which began Memorial Day weekend.
    The S.C. Department of Public Safety uses that name because the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be a time when fatalities start to rise due to heavy vacation and out-of-state travel, and the influx of motorcycle traffic due to bike weeks.
    Fatalities are currently 91 behind last year at this time, according to the Department of Public Safety; it’s the parent agency for the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Police officer bitten by dog during arrest

    Lancaster Police Department Cpl. Jodi Sims is recovering after she was bitten by a dog during the arrest of a disorderly man on May 26.
    Michael C. Chavis Sr., 51, 110 S. Hughes St., was charged with threatening the life of a public official, second-degree assault and battery, possession of a dangerous animal, first offense, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and allowing dogs to run at large, according to a Lancaster Police Department booking report.

  • Lancaster High School Statistics

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    Lancaster High School Class of 2013

  • Indian Land High School Statistics

     

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    Indian Land High School Class of 2013

    • 179-Number of graduates
    • 169-Number of college bound students
    • 4-Number of military commitments
    • Valedictorian – Daniel Crofford
    • $2.2 million-Approximate amount of scholarships
  • Buford High School Statistics

     

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    Buford High School Class of 2013

    • 141-Number of graduates in the class of 2013
    • 122-Number of college-bound students
    • 12-Number of military commitments
    • Valedictorian-Chesney Lyles
    • $2.1 million-Approximate scholarships awarded
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    Indian Land High School Class of 2013

    • 179-Number of graduates in the class of 2013
    • 169-Number of college-bound students
    • 4-Number of military commitments
    • Valedictorian: Daniel Crofford
    • $2.2 million-Approximate scholarships awarded