• School bands wrap up season

    Reece Murphy
    With their seasons winding down, two Lancaster County high school marching bands are heading to the state championship Saturday.
    While two others didn’t qualify for this year’s championship, their band directors say the season was still successful.
    Andrew Jackson
    High School

  • District exit exam results improve

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District saw an increase in the number of students who passed the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) test last school year.
    The HSAP is a state-mandated exit exam that focuses on English language arts and math.
    Passing the test is a requirement for graduation. Data from it is used to determine South Carolina school districts’ and schools’ Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Unexplained events abound in county

    Ellen Robinson
    For The Lancaster News
    Editor’s note: It’s almost Halloween – the time of the year when there is a greater focus on tales of the strange and unexplained. Kershaw resident Ellen Robinson has compiled several tales of the unusual paranormal phenomena emanating from the southern end of Lancaster County.
    Flat Creek:
    Gregory’s Graveyard
    Gregory’s Graveyard, a private 300-year-old family graveyard, is located in far eastern Lancaster County. Some of the graves date back to the late 1600s to early 1700s.

  • South Carolina gearing up for annual flu season

    DHEC Press Release
    October marks the beginning of Senior Vaccination Season. From now until March, people of all ages are susceptible to influenza. Data by Flu.gov shows that each year about 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized and an average of 23,600 people die of seasonal flu-related causes.
    As high as 90 percent of the deaths occur in people age 65 and older. Most of these deaths could be prevented with a simple vaccine.

  • GOP women to sponsor presidential info meeting

    Lancaster County Republican Women
    How does one become president of the United States?  
    Dr. Danny Faulkner presents the process and the importance of the voter’s role in the upcoming presidential elections at a meeting of Lancaster County Republican Women.
    Women age 18 and older are invited to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the assembly room on the second floor of Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St.

  • Police search for suspect in Willow Oak shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    Leads continue to trickle into the Lancaster Police Department about a shooting in the city last week, and investigators hope one will lead them to the shooter.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said there are still no suspects in the case of a man shot in the chest last week.
    Police responded to the 300 block of Willow Oak Circle shortly after 6:15 p.m. Oct. 18 after multiple calls of gunshots fired and found a 37-year-old man who had been shot one time.

  • Man attacked while driving lawn mower to friend’s house

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man was injured after an attack while riding his lawn mower last week.
    The attack happened at about 9:15 p.m. Oct. 17 as the 22-year-old man was riding a lawn mower near the corner of Seaboard Circle and 15th Street in Lancaster, according to a police department incident report.
    Lancaster police officers responded and found the man at an area along 4th Street, where he was already being treated by the county’s Emergency Medical Services.

  • EMS gets help in IL

    Christopher Sardelli
    Emergency responders will soon have some extra help tackling 911 calls in the county’s Panhandle.
    Faced with a surge in emergency calls and a limited Emergency Medical Services presence in Indian Land, Lancaster County Council approved the addition of three new paramedics for the county’s EMS at its Monday meeting.
    The increase came after a request from EMS Director Rob Petrucci to help his fleet improve its response times in the northern part of the county.

  • Governor visits students, seniors

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Gov. Nikki Haley was in Indian Land on Monday, where she spoke to Indian Land Middle School students about bullying and updated Sun City Carolina Lakes residents on her administration’s efforts to improve life in the Palmetto State.
    At Indian Land Middle, Haley addressed 60 students as part of October’s Bully Prevention Month.

  • Kudzu bugs invade area

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    VAN WYCK – Mighty in number and stench, the kudzu bug is the new pest in Van Wyck that residents just can’t seem to shake off.
    Farms and homes near soybeans and kudzu, its plants of choice, have been invaded by thousands, if not millions, of the bugs that resemble ladybugs, but are muddy in color. They are attracted to light colors – everything from T-shirts to cars to vinyl siding.