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  • Lancaster High students sign 2012 Prom Pledge

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster High School’s 300-plus seniors put pen to paper and swore to do their part in ensuring a safe prom season this year during the school’s annual Prom Pledge event.
    Coming two days before the school’s prom this Saturday in Rock Hill, the Prom Pledge encourages students to avoid drug and alcohol use before, during and after prom – and avoid texting while driving.

  • Group attacks bicyclist

    Investigators are searching for at least two men who attacked a bicyclist last weekend. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an assault call at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue, according to an incident report. 

    When deputies arrived, they found a 55-year-old man sitting on the ground with several people gathered around and trying to help him. 

  • City chooses contractor to renovate Main St. building

    The city of Lancaster has decided which company will oversee the transformation of the former downtown Badcock store to an Native American art gallery.

    City Council voted 6-1 at its April 24 meeting to award a bid to Perception Builders of Lancaster. For $746,488, the company will renovate the building, at 119 S. Main St., which will be used by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Flags at half-staff on Wednesday


    Flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 2, throughout the state as the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association sponsors its annual memorial service in honor of law enforcement officers who died in 2011.

  • Catching the train

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Some things never change. With his hands behind his back, a smiling Hazel Knight strolled across the floor of The Shoe Peddler to welcome a customer who had opened the door.
    After 60 years on Main Street, Knight still greets this customer with the same zeal that he used when he waited on Elliott White Springs in February 1955, when “the colonel” walked into the brand-new J.C. Penney department store on South Main Street.

  • Kershaw names Pettit administrator

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials didn’t have to look far to find their next administrator.
    Town Council voted at a special meeting Tuesday, April 24, to hire Lancaster native Bryan Pettit as Tony Starnes’ successor.
    Starnes announced last month that he would be stepping down, effective Tuesday, May 1.
    Pettit, 51, has spent nearly 30 years with Springs Industries. He began at the Grace plant and ascended to the position of quality-assurance manager for imports.

  • Commitee begins work on 2012-13 fiscal year budget

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The creation of a new 911 system, rising gas prices and the addition of new emergency personnel are some of the challenges the county’s Finance Committee will tackle when it begins discussing the county budget Monday, April 30.

  • Council hears S.C. 160 update

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    County officials, residents and motorists anxiously listened to an update on expansion plans for S.C. 160, one of the Panhandle’s busiest roads, at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, April 23.

  • Driver arrested for DUI after crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police arrested a Lancaster woman for driving under the influence after she crashed and flipped her car in front of the Municipal Justice Center on Monday morning, April 23.
    Genie Acquaro-Hagins, 58, 2538 Old Camden Highway, was arrested and charged with DUI soon after the crash, which happened only a few feet from the intersection of McCardell and East Arch streets, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ to sizzle on USCL stage

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is hitting the Lancaster stage with plenty of sizzle and family drama beginning May 4.
    Elaine Roberts of Sun City Carolina Lakes is directing the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams. Roberts owned a production company before moving to South Carolina. This is her directorial debut in Lancaster.