• Lancaster ACT scores hold steady

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District student performance on the 2011 ACT college-entrance exam remained the same overall this year as last, while student performance at individual high schools varied.
    Produced by the American College Testing program, the curriculum-based test is intended to assess college-bound high school students’ academic skills and ability to complete college-level work.

  • Real Life Scenarios

    Jesef Williams
    A man walks inside a convenience store calm and collected, but quickly reveals himself as an armed robber in search of money from the cash register.
    The situation is frantic, especially for the clerk, who’s suddenly met with a gun in her face.
    She screams, the robber fires a gunshot in the air and flees the store on foot.
    Luckily, authorities track the assailant, surround him and detain him soon after the incident. Nobody was injured during the episode.

  • Giant sinkhole at IL Elementary

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District officials have rerouted morning and afternoon traffic at Indian Land Elementary School following the discovery of a sinkhole under a parking lot behind the school.
    The hole is in the northwest corner of the parking lot under a service road that circles around the west side of the school from Doby’s Bridge Road. The road is heavily used by parents of second- through fifth-graders for student drop offs and pickups.

  • Local man challenges Medicaid service cuts to disabled daughter

    From PAPD Release
    Advocates for a disabled Lancaster woman have filed a lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) in U.S. District Court on Aug. 15.
    Advocates say cuts in services will force the 32-year-old woman to leave her home and enter an institution.
    Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc. is asking the federal court to stop SCDHHS from reducing the plaintiff’s Medicaid personal care hours from 60 to 28 hours a week.

  • Aug. 29 deadline for agencies to apply for emergency money

    From Release
    Lancaster County has been chosen to receive $46,476 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    A local board made up of representatives from Lancaster County, the city of Lancaster, United Way of Lancaster County, American Red Cross, Lancaster County Partners for Youth and other state and local nonprofit organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Lancaster County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies.

  • Lot of shakin’

    Staff Reports
    A magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit central Virginia and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon was felt as far north as Concord, N.H. – and at least as far south as Lancaster County.
    The quake comes less than 24 hours after a 5.3 quake struck Colorado.
    According the United States Geological Survey, Tuesday’s quake struck about 1:53 p.m., with an epicenter near Mineral, Va., a town about 90 miles southwest of Washington.

  • Stevens Park to undergo changes

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Stevens Park in Kershaw will soon become more user-friendly for walkers and others who enjoy the outdoors.
    Kershaw Town Council voted 6-0 on Aug. 15 to approve plans to make the two-way road that runs along the perimeter of the park a one-way road. One of the lanes currently used for motor vehicles will be turned into a one-way lane for walkers and bicyclists.
    Councilman Morris Russell was not at the meeting.

  • Washington, D.C., earthquake felt in Lancaster area

    Lancaster residents were calling The Lancaster News Tuesday afternoon to report shaking after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the Washington, D.C., area, just after 1:55 p.m. There have been no reports of damage to the area at this time. Check back for updates.

  • City settles with fired detective

    Former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons and the city of Lancaster have reached an out-of-court settlement in his lawsuit against the city. 

    Mike Malone, the city’s labor attorney, said Friday that the two sides agreed to a deal in principle on July 28 and finalized that deal Thursday. 

  • Kershaw seeks to recoup taxes

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw hopes to recoup money it now realizes may be owed to them by the federal government. 

    Town Council voted 6-0 Monday to contract with Municipal Energy Consultants LLC, a California company that is letting local governments know they can get rebates for paying federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. 

    The company says municipalities are exempt from paying the taxes, which are automatically levied when you pay for fuel at a gas station.