• County to host three July 4 parades

    From staff reports
    There are three Independence Day parades in Lancaster County to choose from this year.
    Charlesboro parade
    The 33rd annual Charlesboro July 4 parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin with line up at New Haven Baptist Church and will march down Taxahaw Road to Blackmon Cemetery. The vehicles must be road safe and display an American flag. Floats are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-8781 or (843) 658-3555.
    Rich Hill parade

  • Phipps, Dabney to take on new roles in school district

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District officials have named replacements for retiring Executive Director of Instructional Services Carolyn Jordan and Andrew Jackson High School Principal Mary Barry.
    According to district officials, Buford High School Principal Jonathan Phipps will replace Jordan at the district office.
    AJHS assistant principal Alex Dabney will take over his former boss’ position at the helm of AJHS.

  • Man reports robbery, attack after phone date

    Christopher Sardelli
    Investigators are still looking into a Charlotte man’s claim that he was assaulted and robbed following an encounter with a woman he met on a phone chat line.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said details are sketchy in the assault reported May 22, though he said the victim has not told the whole story.

  • Police investigate drive-by shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    A drive-by shooting at a Lancaster home had officers canvassing several local neighborhoods last weekend.
    Officers were called to a home in the 200 block of McCardell Street at about 11 p.m., June 1, after a family called 911 to report shots fired at their home, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    At the scene, officers spoke with three family members who heard the shots fired nearby.

  • ‘100 Deadly Days’ operation in effect

    Christopher Sardelli
    Reducing speeds, buckling seat belts and curbing intoxicated drivers are the main goals of this year’s “100 Deadly Days of Summer” campaign.
    Motorists may have noticed an increase in traffic checkpoints and other safety initiatives along the state’s highways, as S.C. Highway Patrol troopers – along with local law enforcement – have begun the 100 Deadly Days campaign to cut down on accidents and ultimately save lives.

  • Kristin Hinson earns diploma through virtual charter school

    Reece Murphy
    While it may seem the 2012 graduation season ended several weeks ago, there was actually one more Lancaster County public school senior who had yet to graduate – Kristin Hinson.
    Hinson and her classmates walked the stage Friday, June 8, during the S.C. Connections Academy virtual charter school graduation ceremony in Columbia.
    Hinson, 17, was one of 147 graduating seniors in the online public school’s class of 2012.

  • Lancaster man sentenced to 20 years for drug convictions

    Christopher Sardelli
    COLUMBIA – Two years after he was arrested for selling cocaine following an undercover police operation, a Lancaster man was sentenced to 20 years in prison late last month.
    Montello M. Hood, 38, received a 20-year sentence in federal court in Columbia on May 31 on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • ILES EcoWarriors celebrate Earth Day

    Denise Trufan
    Indian Land Elementary School
    The EcoWarrriors of Indian Land Elementary School held its eighth annual Earth Day celebration after school April 30.
    Denise Trufan, the club’s mentor, won a Tree Award from the National Wildlife Federation.
    As part of the award, ILES sent six beautiful trees from Sugar Creek Nursery for the school’s outdoor learning center and two trees to give away.

  • Public forum looks for solutions

    Jesef Williams
     When somebody is murdered in Lancaster, who’s responsible?
    If a child repeatedly skips school and ultimately drops out, who’s to blame?
    Given that the answers aren’t cut and dry, community leaders recently assembled to talk about ways to find solutions to such problems, and to hear from residents on ways to prevent them in the first place.

  • Tuesday’s GOP primary may decide council seats

    Reece Murphy
    As a result of the S.C. Supreme Court’s controversial “Bloody Wednesday” ruling May 2 that removed primary candidates from ballots statewide, residents in only two areas of Lancaster County will be eligible to vote in the 2012 primary elections Tuesday, June 12.
    Both of this year’s local primary battles feature Republicans vying for County Council seats: Council District 3 comprising the northeastern portion of the county and the newly created District 7 at the tip of the Panhandle.