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  • Mark your calendar: students’ first day is August 20

    Lancaster County School District students will start school again on August 20. Here are other important school dates to note:

    2012
    Aug. 10 - New personnel orientation
    Aug. 13 - Teacher workday
    Aug. 14 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 14 - Districtwide meeting day
    Aug. 15 – Teacher workday
    Aug. 16 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - First day for sixth and ninth grades - 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Lancaster man found dead in Chester County

    CHESTER – Authorities are still investigating the death of a Lancaster man found lying in the middle of a Chester County road Sunday, July 29.

    Chester County deputies discovered the body of Michael Jermaine Terry, 39, 205 N. French St., only minutes after responding to a sexual assault call in the same area, according to information released Monday by Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • DHEC to hold Pressley’s meeting

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has scheduled a meeting for public input on a draft air- quality permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center in Indian Land.

    The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Indian Land Middle School cafeteria, 8361 Charlotte Highway.

  • Closet Ministry to host free shopping day Saturday

    August is here, which means it’s almost time to head back to school. Do you have all the clothing and materials needed for a smooth start?

    If not, there will be plenty of assistance available Saturday, Aug. 4., at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster.

    That’s when The Closet Ministry will host what’s become its annual back-to-school free shopping day. It’s open to anyone in need of clothing.

  • Federal judge sentences Brackett to 15 months

    ABERDEEN, Miss. – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a black-market cigarette conspiracy.

    According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, in mid-July, U.S. District Judge Sharon Aycock sentenced Fred Brackett to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $206,000 in restitution.

    Brackett, owner of FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, will be allowed to turn himself in at a designated prison on Sept. 10. It is unknown where that prison is.

  • Hospital pledges faster, more efficient ER care

    Today marks the start of Springs Memorial Hospital’s pledge to treat emergency patients faster and more efficiently.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, the hospital has launched its 45-Minute ER Commitment, an effort to ensure that people who come to the emergency room are offered quality care as soon as possible, said Karen Martin, SMH chief nursing officer.

  • Lancaster man found dead in Chester County

    Authorities are still investigating the death of a Lancaster man whose body was found in the middle of a Chester County road Sunday, July 29.

    Chester County deputies found the body of Michael Terry, 39, 205 N. French St., only minutes after responding to a sexual assault call along the same road, according to information released Monday by Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • Coy submits petition signatures

    It appears just one of the two men seeking the S.C. House 44 seat via petition will continue his quest.

    Heath Springs resident Joseph Coy issued a press release last week saying he has garnered enough petition signatures to be placed on the ballot for the House 44 race in November’s general election.

    Meanwhile, Bob Cook of Kershaw says he is no longer seeking the seat.

    District 44, which is totally enclosed in Lancaster County, has 20,461 registered voters.

  • Fire guts Kershaw home

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw home is a complete loss after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning, July 18.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said members of the Kershaw, Flat Creek, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded at 1:58 a.m. to a house fire at 7147 Kershaw Camden Highway.

    Bright orange flames were already shooting from the roof as a team of firefighters sprayed water on the house from the front yard. Within minutes, a thick cloud of grey smoke billowed skyward.

  • Election for three school board seats set for November

    Editor’s note: A front-page headline in the Wednesday, July 18, issue indicated there would be no school board elections this fall. It should have said there will be no special school board elections this fall, as there will be three school board seats on the ballot in November.