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  • Action Council holds its first meeting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    They came from all across the county to have their voices heard at the first Lancaster County Action Council meeting Monday night.
    Bonnie and Edward Cox drove from their new home in Kershaw to attend the meeting, held at the Springdale Recreation Complex. They joined more than 100 other residents who turned out to learn more about the group.
    After hearing the ruckus over a proposed landfill, which was planned for a site off S.C. 903, they couple wanted to learn what they could do.

  • Papers bring home 21 SCPA awards

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway took home more than 20 awards this year from the S.C. Press Association winter meeting Saturday in Columbia.
    Those newspapers, sister publications that operate out of the same Lancaster office, collected 10 first-place awards, six for second place and five for third. The accolades are for content published from November 2009 to November 2010.

  • Four people were arrested in someone else’s home

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Four people were arrested inside a Lancaster apartment after one man broke in and invited the others over.
    Officers responded Feb. 19 to a home on Fowler Drive after a neighbor said he noticed people in the apartment, even though the homeowner was out of town, according to an incident report. The man told officers he could see several people through the blinds in the living room.
    Officers knocked on the front door and heard people inside, but no one came out or answered the door, a report said.

  • Area in Stage 1 drought

    From release

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). The LIP is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply during periods of low inflow.

  • ILMS wins state character award

    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. 

    The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like home

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.

  • Online paper becomes subscription-based starting Wednesday

    Staff Reports

    Starting Wednesday, March 9, The Lancaster News online version, www.thelancasternews.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site. 

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus several online-only features, such as videos, slide shows, reader comments and more.

  • Chester student who stabbed his classmate to get second chance

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A fourth-grade student who stabbed a classmate in the back with a steak knife last week has been reassigned by district officials to “an alternative setting” for the remainder of the school year. 

    However, the student is expected to return to class during the next school term, the district’s superintendent said Tuesday.

  • KLS annual event set for April 2

    Feb. 12 is a day which Donna White often struggles with each year.

    If one knows White’s family history, it’s understandable.

    White’s son, Ryan Mc-Kinney, died Feb. 17, 2006, and five days earlier was the last time White spoke to her son.

    McKinney died of cardiac arrhythmia due to missed diagnosis and altered medications in treating Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder that is not life-threatening, but is life-altering.

  • Authorities respond to three fires

    A Lancaster man returned home to find his house in flames Thursday morning.

    The man was shopping at Walmart when he received a phone call that his house, at 2844 Oakland Drive, Lancaster, was on fire, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    He told sheriff’s deputies, who were already on the scene, that he left his home at about 10:30 a.m. to go shopping. While at Walmart, he received a call from one of his roommates who said a neighbor had called to say the house was on fire, the report said.