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  • School report cards good overall, district mixed

    Several of Lancaster County School District's 19 schools scored excellent on either one or both rating sections in this year's state school report cards while almost half improved and nearly all scored average or better on both sections.
    Meanwhile, the district experienced a drop in one rating section but saw an increase in other key performance areas.
    The S.C. Department of Education released the report cards Thursday.
    On the report cards, schools and districts are assessed by two ratings, absolute and growth.

  • Authorities respond to multiple assaults

    A string of assault calls during a four-day span kept police officers busy recently.
    The first call came Nov. 2 at 10:24 p.m. as Lancaster police officers responded to the Crenco gas station, located at 1449 S.C. 9 Bypass, about a man assaulting a woman at the store.
    When officers arrived, they found a woman inside the store crying and visibly upset, according to a police department incident report.

  • The benefits of booze?

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     Will beer and wine draw more patrons to the Red Rose Festival?
    Teresa Meeks thinks so, as she has asked Lancaster City Council to amend an existing ordinance dealing with alcohol in public places.
    City Council unanimously approved first reading Tuesday of the ordinance, titled “Display or consumption of beer or wine in public,” in Chapter 3 of the city's code of ordinances.

  • Workforce training program may relocate

    A plan to attract more businesses to Lancaster County will relocate a workforce training program from a county-owned building.
    Ernie Green, dean of off-campus centers at York Technical College, said there are plans in the works to move his school's Career Services Network program out of the former Founders Federal 521 facility, located along U.S. 521. Green said Lancaster County Council wants to use that space as a speculative building to attract new companies to the county.

  • Blood Center donates more than $6k in school supplies

    Community Blood Center
    The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) recently wrapped up its two-month long Pints for Pencils campaign and donated more than $6,000 in school supplies to Classroom Central and several school districts throughout the region.

  • Foundation awards $11,060 in grants to local nonprofits

    Lancaster County
    Community Foundation
     The Lancaster County Community Foundation has awarded a total of $11,060.67 to four nonprofit groups in Lancaster County.

  • City of Lancaster recycling program successful so far

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The blue recycling bins have been a big hit so far in the city of Lancaster.
    Marty Cauthen, the city's solid waste director, said more than 400 people are taking part in the recycling program, which started in September.
    This is the first time the city has sponsored a recycling effort. City trucks have been collecting about 3.5 tons of recyclable material during pickups. Collections are done once every two weeks and the recyclables are taken to a recycling center in Columbia.

  • Ronnie Mack Missildine, 52


    Ronnie Mack Missildine, 52, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    He was born April 13, 1959, in Orlando, Fla., a son of the late Carnie Lee and Mary Frances Bayne Missildine.
    Services will be held at a later date.

  • Carter found guilty of murder

    The family of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson sat quietly as the jury filed back into the courtroom Thursday afternoon.
    After a tense morning, filled with descriptions of the day the toddler was shot and killed after being caught in the crossfire of a gunfight last year, her family waited anxiously for a verdict in the first of two trials involving her murder.

  • Turning the tables

    Yes, it has 50 stars in a field of blue, seven red stripes and six white stripes.
    But one of the two American flags now hanging inside Leigh Anne’s Restaurant is anything but typical.
    It flew at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2010.
    Special flags go to special people on special occasions, said U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Jason Sims. A Lancaster native, Sims is attached to the 1222nd Sappers Combat Engineers based in Fort Mill.
    “Our job is to find it (explosives) before it finds us,” Sims said.