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  • District SAT scores remain steady in '08

    Average scores on this year's SAT college-entrance test are exactly the same as 2007 in the Lancaster County School District.

    The College Board, which provides the test, released results Tuesday.

    District seniors had an average composite score of 1,371 each of the last two years. The number of test takers in 2008 was 234, a drop from 313 the year before.

    Andrew Jackson High School had the highest composite score, 1,451, among the district's four high schools.

  • Breaking News County under flood warning

    Lancaster County was under a flood warning Thursday afternoon.

    The warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree, effective from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

    Moderate flooding was forecast, with the river rising above flood stage Thursday night and continuing to rise Friday.

    "That's simply because the water is flowing downstream, and Lake Wateree is the last lake in our chain," said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • See Lancaster presents funding requests to city

    See Lancaster has several activities of various interest in the works, but its staff wonders what type of funding it will receive to help these plans come to fruition.

    Sylvia Hudson and Mary Brown of the marketing and promotions group addressed City Council on Tuesday night, presenting requests that total more than $28,000.

    Council pulled $200,000 in funding from the group after noting accounting irregularities by the nonprofit group, which promotes tourism in Lancaster and other downtown areas in the county.

  • Reward in courthouse fire increases

    Authorities have released no new details about the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office, and continue to urge residents to come forward with information.

    The reward for information leading to arrests in the fires has been increased from $12,000 to $15,000.

    The Lancaster Police Department issued a press release Wednesday reminding residents that the arsonist could strike again, and that the perpetrator should be considered very dangerous by the public.

  • Officers to step up patrols over holiday

    Be prepared for more safety checkpoints and extra officers on county roads over the Labor Day weekend, which starts today. The S.C. Highway Patrol will have beefed up patrol in an effort to deter traffic violators.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said driving under the influence, lack of seat-belt use and speeding continue to be the biggest problems.

  • Upstream water may cause flooding along Catawba today

    Flooding along the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree is possible today.

    Lancaster County was under a flood warning Thursday afternoon. The warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree, effective from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

    Lake Wateree, which is at the end of the 225-mile river, was expected to reach full pond by Thursday night and possibly exceed it today. Moderate flooding was forecast.

  • Enrollment steady as new year starts at Carolina Christian

    Jessica Hartley asked her father to drive her to Carolina Christian Academy for the first day of school Monday.

    Hartley, a senior, has her own car, but wanted her father to bring her so she could experience nostalgia one last time. For Hartley and other CCA seniors, this is the beginning of the end of high school.

    At the start of the school year Monday, Hartley spoke of holding tight to fond memories at CCA while looking forward to the future. She plans to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville after graduation.

  • Katawba Valley Land Trust hires first executive director

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has hired its first employee.

    Robert Austin Jenkins of Camden will become the nonprofit group's executive director in early September.

    Chartered in 1992, the land trust has had as its main focus Lancaster and Chester counties. It seeks to protect land through conservation easements, acquisition of property and transfer of some properties to other public or private land management agencies.

    To date, the group has undertaken 53 land transactions, protecting 6,862 acres in five South Carolina counties.

  • Mother didn’t know boyfriend’s history

    The mother of the 1-month-old allegedly abused by the live-in boyfriend said she had no idea her boyfriend was a sex offender.

    William Joseph Burdick, 27, of 214 S. York St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.

    Katie Roddey, mother of Victoria Roddey, said her infant is at Carolinas Medical Center with bleeding on her brain.

  • State may order court security

    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal will visit Lancaster County next week to discuss court security with officials.

    County Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase taxes by an unspecified amount to pay for more sheriff's deputies to guard court facilities.