• Mickles no longer principal of A.R. Rucker

    A Lancaster County middle school principal has been reassigned, school district officials announced late Friday, Sept. 11.
    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said Phillip Mickles will no longer serve as principal of A.R. Rucker Middle School, a position he has held since 2007.
    Using Blackboard Connect, a mass notification system designed to inform parents and students about important messages, Moore informed families of the change about 8 p.m. Friday.

  • Half-staff flag honors 9/11 victims

    The United States flag is flown at half-staff today, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • South Carolina ranked 50th worst state for working women

    From release
    COLUMBIA – On Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) hosted a call to discuss the differences between Hillary Clinton’s record as a champion for women, children and families.
    This year, South Carolina was ranked the 50th worst state for working moms and is one out of four states in the country without equal-pay laws.

  • Giving back to the community

    HEATH SPRINGS – A day of celebration to help raise funds for local families and children in need will kick off Sept. 19.
    That’s when September Fest, a community festival sponsored by non-profit group Rainbow Promise Enterprise and Associates, will roll into town.
    Larry Kelly Sr., executive director of Rainbow Promise, said the event will feature food vendors, live music and entertainers. The goal of the event, he said, is to bring the community together to help those in need.

  • ‘Spend the night in a box’

    Imagine what it would be like to sleep in an abandoned building, under a bridge or in a cardboard box in an alley because you have nowhere else to go.
    How frightening it would be to be so insecure; how miserable and uncomfortable to live without the basic sustenance, facilities and creature comforts most of us take for granted.
    For 177,373 Americans this year – 31 percent of the nation’s 578,424 homeless population – such destitution is a reality.

  • Jobless rate falls again

    Years after Lancaster County suffered record-high unemployment rates due to the national recession, recent statistics from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) paint a more positive picture as the local unemployment rate continues to decline.
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in July, falling from 7.2 percent in June to 6.8 percent, according to SCDEW data.  

  • Warming up the crowd

    See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series patrons attending concerts, plays and events in Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster are going to see something new on a trial basis.
    Starting with the Lakeside concert on Friday, Sept. 11, beer, wine, soda and water will be available for sale in the auditorium foyer. Tables and chairs will also be added to allow patrons to socialize before events.
    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved the addition at its Aug. 25 meeting.

  • GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee visits Sun City

    by Beverly Lane Lorenz/For The Lancaster News
    Indian Land – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, made a campaign stop Thursday, Sept. 3, in Indian Land.
    “I am no stranger to South Carolina,” he said, addressing a large crowd of residents at the Sun City Carolina Lakes outdoor pavilion in his second visit to the county this summer.  

  • Beaufort authorities charge assistant track coach

    A Lancaster-area assistant track coach was arrested last month after turning himself in to Beaufort County authorities for a charge of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  
    Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 2, that Tyger Bilondus Ingram, 30, 1524 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Aug. 7 by his agency on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age.

  • LCEDC terminates Tunnell

    The saga surrounding the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. took another turn this week when former President Keith Tunnell announced his termination by its board of directors.
    Up until this week, all that was known publicly about Tunnell’s fate, following Lancaster County Council’s decision to rescind its funding and support of the LCEDC on Aug. 10, was the LCEDC board of directors’ decision to ‘honor his contract,’ which was drawn up in February.