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  • Celebrating teachers

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County School District welcomed its teachers back to school Tuesday with its annual Celebration of Great Teaching event.
    The event, held at the Lancaster High School auditorium, drew hundreds of teachers from the district’s 19 schools and gave the district a chance to honor those who make its mission of “Putting Our Children First” possible.
    To kick off the celebration, Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore welcomed teachers back to work.

  • Shoppers take advantage of tax-free sales

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Fewer buggies were available. Additional store clerks manned the check-out counters and a lot more shoppers than normal filled the shopping aisles.
    This was the scene as Lancaster County residents, like others throughout the Carolinas, desccended on local stores to take advantage of last weekend’s tax-free holiday, which ran Friday through Sunday.

  • Cars damaged in gas mix-up at Murphy’s

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    It was Friday, about 7:30 p.m., when Greg Bowers got the call.
    Dozens of cars were suddenly stalling moments after their drivers had filled up a little after 5 p.m. at Murphy’s Express, a gas station located along S.C. 9 Bypass. Some never made it past the pumps, while others had sputtered at different spots along the road.

  • Pet horse shot to death in its own pasture

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    When Robbie Dunn first built his ranch on a stretch of land off Old Church Road more than a dozen years ago, it was supposed to be a sanctuary for his family and their five horses.
    Nestled near Andrew Jackson State Park, the 10-acre site was meant to be a safe place for his parents to live and for their various horses to roam.
    But Dunn said those dreams were shattered Saturday when he found one of their beloved horses shot to death in a field on his land.

  • Four arrested in cocaine investigation

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Four men were arrested last week after a drug investigation uncovered illegal drugs at a local bar.
    The arrests were made Aug. 4, as the Lancaster County Drug Task Force was conducting an investigation at Good Time Charlie’s, a bar located on West Meeting Street in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • County fixes Edenmoor roads

    Indian Land – Jane Tanner didn’t expect to see any progress as she drove through the crumbling streets of the Edenmoor neighborhood last Tuesday. 

    Taking a few minutes to show a friend around the stalled residential development, located between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 75 in Indian Land, Tanner had just finished examining the completed, but still vacant, recreation center. 

    The building, finished several years ago, now sits covered from roof to foundation in graffiti. 

  • Council to revise freeze on rezoning

    Lancaster County Council will discuss a change to its freeze on property rezonings in Indian Land at its Monday meeting. 

    Council recently imposed a moratorium on rezonings in the Panhandle area, though council members are considering an exemption for planned development districts. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the amendment is in response to a developer’s request to create a 100-acre PDD in the Indian Land area. 

  • Fletcher is S.C.’s best caseworker

    Julie Graham

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County’s Chaundra Fletcher has been honored as the S.C. Caseworker of the Year at a recent foster care conference.

    Nominated for the award by the children she serves, Fletcher has worked at the Lancaster County Department of Social Services since April 2007. 

    The honor was given to a surprised Fletcher during the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.

  • Closet Ministry to help with school needs

    Families in need can get back-to-school items through a service known for its generosity in the community. 

    The Closet Ministry will host its latest free shopping day on Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. 

    The free event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to anyone in the area who’s going through tough times and may not be able to provide clothing for their family. A special emphasis this time will be placed on bookbags, school uniforms and other children’s clothing. 

  • Animal rescue group moves into new home

    Friday was a good day for Paws in the Panhandle, as volunteers began moving into the organization’s new home base.

    Located at 10681 Barberville Road, the oak tree-shaded property includes a 121-year-old, three-bedroom home with more than enough room for expansion as the organization grows, Paws in the Panhandle founder Gloria Davey said. 

    The organization, dedicated to creating a no-kill animal shelter in Indian Land for Lancaster County, closed on the 3-acre property Thursday, Aug. 4.