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  • Charges dropped against teen

    A Lancaster Municipal Court judge has dismissed charges against one of 16 teens arrested during a party at a local hotel.

    Philip Alan Stevens, 17, of Belmont Circle Drive Street, Lancaster, was arrested Oct. 2 after Lancaster police broke up a party at the Jameson Inn.

    Stevens, along with 10 other teens and four minors, was charged with misdemeanor possession of liquor under age 21 and simple marijuana possession. 

  • Susie Laney Sowell West

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. She was born November 23, 1918, in Union County, N.C., a daughter of the late Goodman Frank Laney and Lula Josey Laney. Mrs. West was married to the late Dorch Lee Sowell and the late Walter “Pete” Blease West. She was a Charter Member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from J.P. Stevens in Great Falls.

  • Education standards may change

     

    The Lancaster County School District is waiting for word from the S.C. Department of Education on whether it will adopt a national set of common core standards, but moving ahead with plans to implement them.

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led, nonpartisan effort of the National Governors Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to set national English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards.

  • Creepy night in the city

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Downtown Lancaster will serve as the mecca for everything artistic and spooky on the Friday before Halloween.
    See Lancaster SC’s Finally Friday series and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual fall crawl have been combined to offer patrons something special on Oct. 28.

  • Kershaw seeking federal grant

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw wants to tap into a federal funding source that has assisted other governmental entities in Lancaster County before.
    On Monday, Kershaw Town Council discussed how the town can quality for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. The money would pay for sewer line replacements along the old mill area, just north of the town limits.
    Affected areas include First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.

  • Grading school district

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    After years of preparation, the Lancaster County School District is ready for a rigorous new accreditation process set to begin next week.
    Accreditation is the certification process that ensures an educational body maintains standards that qualify its graduates for admissions to institutions of higher learning.
    In past accreditations, the once-every-five-years process was reserved for each of the district’s 19 schools individually, a process that was both time consuming and expensive.

  • Elgin Grammar students gather for reunion

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews
    A few leaves are falling from the big water oak tree in front of the picnic shelter at St. Luke United Methodist Church.
    The tree has started to shed its foliage, a sure sign that cold winter days are ahead.
    In no time at all, all of its slivered-shaped hardwood leaves will be gone, just like the Elgin Grammar School building that it used to provide shade for.    
    But the love of that small community schoolhouse and the friendships made there never fade with the seasons.

  • Expungements, possible pardons

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Past crimes and convictions can hamper you when it comes to finding a job. Several residents are aware of that and took time out Oct. 8 to learn what they can do about it.
    Doug Barfield, solicitor for the state’s 6th Circuit, gave a presentation that morning about expungements. He spoke during a special event held at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church on South Gregory Street in Lancaster.
    Personnel from S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon were there as well.

  • Clay shoot scheduled for Monday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A sport that hasn’t received much exposure locally is now the main focus for an upcoming fundraiser that benefits an area group home.
    The Lancaster Children’s Home has organized a clay shoot, which will be Monday morning at Meadow Wood Farm, just across the county line.
    The event, called the Fall Flurry, was first discussed in the spring among The Children’s Home board of directors.

  • County has space for Emergency Management

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The county's Emergency Management department has finally found its new command center.
    Only minutes after returning from closed session following its Oct. 10 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved acquiring a building for Emergency Management to move into. Located along North White Street, the building was first built and used by Duke Power, before it was most recently used by Founders Federal Credit Union.