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  • Shooting for the stars

    Local astronaut Charles Duke made history when he walked on the moon in 1972. Now a Lancaster County councilman wants to make sure he’s remembered by the county. 

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt discussed the idea of creating a statue in honor of Duke at council’s March 29 meeting. Honeycutt said he has already spoken to both county and city council members about the idea.

  • Ardrey wins state award

    Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District

    William “Bill” Ardrey, commissioner for the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, has been named the S.C. Association of Conservation District’s 2010 Outstanding Commissioner of the Year.

    He received the award Jan. 26 at the 2011 Conservation Partnership Conference in Hilton Head. 

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  • City earns major honor

    The city of Lancaster has been recognized by an international group for its detailed financial statements and overall budgeting practices. 

    The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) selected the city as a recipient of its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2010-11 budget year. 

  • School district system hacked

    Personal information about local students and school district employees could have been compromised by hackers who recently accessed passwords on computers used by Lancaster County School District personnel. 

    District officials sent employees, students and their parents a letter Tuesday telling them that hackers have captured keystrokes from district computers that are linked to a statewide student and employee database. 

  • Sheriff: Beware of scams

    They pose as charitable organizations, law enforcement officials, loan officers and sweepstakes companies, but it’s possible all they really want to do is steal your money. 

    Scams are on the rise in Lancaster County and authorities want residents to be mindful who they give personal information to, especially as reports of questionable organizations begin to pile up. 

  • Two teen-age girls missing

    Authorities are searching for two missing teenage girls who disappeared within weeks of each other. 

    Lancaster teenagers Melshia Mona Chambers, 15, and Katie Jean McHowell, 16, were both reported missing during the last few weeks, though the cases are unrelated. 

    Chambers was last seen April 11 by her mother Bridgette Chambers. According to a Lancaster Police Department press release, Melshia Chambers left her home at Lancaster’s Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street after a fight with her mother at 5:30 p.m.

  • School district database hacked

    Personal information about local students and school district employees could have been compromised by hackers who recently accessed passwords on computers used by Lancaster County School District personnel.
    District officials sent employees, students and their parents a letter Tuesday telling them that hackers have captured keystrokes from district computers that are linked to a statewide student and employee database.

  • County schools win Palmetto Awards

    The S.C. Department of Education has awarded Palmetto Awards to three Lancaster County high schools.
    Now in its 10th year, the award recognizes state schools that attain high levels on their report card absolute performance and growth ratings and substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between groups of students.
    Buford and Indian Land high schools each won Palmetto Gold awards for closing the achievement gap, while Andrew Jackson High School won a Palmetto Silver award for the same.

  • Possible housing for USCL students?

    Wayne McBride sees his proposed project as a way to give back to the college that helped him so much.
    McBride wants to build apartments near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster that would house college students. But first, the USCL alumnus needs a big favor from the city of Lancaster.
    City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday in favor of first reading to rezone property on Brook Road from residential (R-15) to multi-family (MF). That land, about .85 acres, is the targeted spot for McBride’s project, which would feature 10 apartment units.