• Hearing about Duke Energy rate increase Nov. 8 at USCL

    Staff Reports

    The S.C. Public Service Commission is sponsoring public hearings across South Carolina and North Carolina about Duke Energy’s proposed 15-percent rate increase.

    Only four hearings are scheduled in South Carolina. One is being held in Lancaster at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Bradley Multi-Purpose Room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Man with head injury arrested for assault

    A man hit in the head with a wrench during an attack was later arrested for assault. 

    Lancaster police officers responded shortly before 1:30 a.m. Oct. 15 about an attack that happened at a house in the 300 block of North Hughes Street.

    At the scene, officers spoke with a man who was described as intoxicated and “bleeding profusely” from his head, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Charges dropped against teen

    A Lancaster Municipal Court judge has dismissed charges against one of 16 teens arrested during a party at a local hotel.

    Philip Alan Stevens, 17, of Belmont Circle Drive Street, Lancaster, was arrested Oct. 2 after Lancaster police broke up a party at the Jameson Inn.

    Stevens, along with 10 other teens and four minors, was charged with misdemeanor possession of liquor under age 21 and simple marijuana possession. 

  • Susie Laney Sowell West

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92

    Susie Laney Sowell West, 92, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. She was born November 23, 1918, in Union County, N.C., a daughter of the late Goodman Frank Laney and Lula Josey Laney. Mrs. West was married to the late Dorch Lee Sowell and the late Walter “Pete” Blease West. She was a Charter Member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from J.P. Stevens in Great Falls.

  • Education standards may change


    The Lancaster County School District is waiting for word from the S.C. Department of Education on whether it will adopt a national set of common core standards, but moving ahead with plans to implement them.

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led, nonpartisan effort of the National Governors Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to set national English language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards.

  • Creepy night in the city

    Jesef Williams
    Downtown Lancaster will serve as the mecca for everything artistic and spooky on the Friday before Halloween.
    See Lancaster SC’s Finally Friday series and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual fall crawl have been combined to offer patrons something special on Oct. 28.

  • Kershaw seeking federal grant

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw wants to tap into a federal funding source that has assisted other governmental entities in Lancaster County before.
    On Monday, Kershaw Town Council discussed how the town can quality for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. The money would pay for sewer line replacements along the old mill area, just north of the town limits.
    Affected areas include First, Second, Third and Fourth streets.

  • Grading school district

    Reece Murphy
    After years of preparation, the Lancaster County School District is ready for a rigorous new accreditation process set to begin next week.
    Accreditation is the certification process that ensures an educational body maintains standards that qualify its graduates for admissions to institutions of higher learning.
    In past accreditations, the once-every-five-years process was reserved for each of the district’s 19 schools individually, a process that was both time consuming and expensive.

  • Elgin Grammar students gather for reunion

    Gregory A. Summers
    A few leaves are falling from the big water oak tree in front of the picnic shelter at St. Luke United Methodist Church.
    The tree has started to shed its foliage, a sure sign that cold winter days are ahead.
    In no time at all, all of its slivered-shaped hardwood leaves will be gone, just like the Elgin Grammar School building that it used to provide shade for.    
    But the love of that small community schoolhouse and the friendships made there never fade with the seasons.

  • Expungements, possible pardons

    Jesef Williams
    Past crimes and convictions can hamper you when it comes to finding a job. Several residents are aware of that and took time out Oct. 8 to learn what they can do about it.
    Doug Barfield, solicitor for the state’s 6th Circuit, gave a presentation that morning about expungements. He spoke during a special event held at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church on South Gregory Street in Lancaster.
    Personnel from S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon were there as well.