• Creepy night in the city

    Jesef Williams
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • Woman hurt avoiding deer on highway

    Reece Murphy
    An attempt to avoid an accident with a deer led to a trip to the emergency room for a Lancaster woman involved in a single-car accident Wednesday morning.
    The accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. as Tammy Starnes, 42, of Old Woodlawn Road, drove southbound on McIlwain Road, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.
    Elder said Starnes swerved to avoid a deer that stepped out in front of her 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

  • Changes to affect HS rec teams

     Jesef Williams
     Folks in the Heath Springs area still have a chance to voice concerns about proposed changes that will affect recreation teams there.
    Sherry Wilson, director of Lancaster County Parks and Recreation, said talks began over the summer about consolidating the Heath Springs programs into the Andrew Jackson system in Kershaw.
    That area has seen minimal participation compared to other parts of the county. For instance, there were only enough registrants to field teams in T-ball and fall soccer.

  • Gladys Bell Duncan, 87

    Gladys Bell Duncan, 87

    Gladys Bell Duncan, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.  

    She was the daughter of late James and Annie Bell Reeves Duncan.

    Survivors include a sister, Mildred Duncan McGriff of Orangeburg; and a special care giver, Dorothy Ann Isreal of Lancaster.

    Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Crawford Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Gary Steven and Bishop Walker Tucker.