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  • Lancaster County ACT scores increase in ’10

    The Lancaster County School District improved slightly on its overall performance from last year on the ACT college-entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2010 high school seniors posted an average composite score of 18.0 on the test’s 36-point scale. The district’s score in 2009 was 17.9.

    ACT considers a change of three-tenths of a point to be statistically significant. One-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.

  • Can road signs translate into jobs?

    County leaders are looking at how a federal sign mandate could create jobs for Lancaster County.

    With only a few years left before the county is required to convert all of its street and traffic signs to those with more reflective features, Lancaster County Council is considering options for manufacturing its own signs. Council discussed the idea earlier this month as a way to create some new jobs.

  • Man invades family’s house

    A Lancaster family told police that a man came into their home and fired a gun while demanding money Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to a South Ferguson Street home about 10:20 p.m. because of someone pointing a gun.

    When police arrived, a 38-year-old woman frantically approached them saying, “He’s in my uncle’s house and he’s got a gun,” the report said.

  • Murder trial set to start Monday

    The trial for a Lancaster County man charged in a 2007 murder is slated to begin Monday.

    Jermaine Richardson, 21, was shot about 9:30 p.m. March 9, 2007, as he sat in the driver’s seat of a blue Cadillac in the 700 block of Pardue Street Apartments.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a jury pool will report to the county’s temporary court facility on S.C. 9 at 11 a.m. Attorneys hope to have a jury chosen by the end of the morning, with the trial beginning in the afternoon, Barfield said. The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.

  • Testimony stirs emotions in Lancaster murder trial

    A woman’s testimony about how a Lancaster man was shot as he sat in his car stirred emotions in court on Tuesday.ee

    Devone “Shorty” Frazier is on trial this week in the shooting death of Jermaine “Baldy” Richardson, on March 9, 2007, at Pardue Street Apartments.ee

    Witness Melissa Tucker described to the jury how Frazier approached the car and lifted his hand and shot into the driver’s side window of Richardson’s Cadillac.

  • Jaylen lives on

    Jaylen Jackson will never again wear the little tiara she loved, but she lives on in an 11-year-old girl in Texas who loves to dress up just like she did.

    Jaylen was 3 when she was shot and killed during an apparent gunfight at an Athena Road trailer park in May.

    Her mother, Rodriana Cunningham, 23, opted to donate Jaylen’s organs, and recently received a letter about how the little girl’s organs benefited two people.

  • DeMint stumps for Mulvaney

    U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint spoke about the power that local voters have as he campaigned with state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in Lancaster on Thursday.

    DeMint and Mulvaney, R-District 16, appeared at a barbecue dinner at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center.

    “The power in this country is not in Washington. It’s in your hands,” DeMint said. “Let’s don’t forget what we’re fighting for.”

  • Teen injured in shooting incident on Roberts Drive

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left a 17-year-old injured.

    According to a press release, the shooting happened about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at 1052 Roberts Drive.

    The call originally went to the Lancaster Police Department for shots fired in the area of Wylie Street and Jackson Road.

    Several officers responded to the area but learned that the shooting actually happened outside the city limits.

  • District shows both gains and drops on PASS

    Lancaster County School District students made some gains but also saw some dips in the second year of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test.

    The S.C. Department of Education released 2010 results earlier this month.

    In 2009, PASS replaced the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT) as the state’s new accountability measurement of student achievement. The newer test is said to provide better feedback regarding a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Drakeford makes history in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Newly elected Heath Springs Town Councilwoman Iva Lee Drakeford didn’t realize she was the first black woman elected to serve on the council until Tuesday night.

    She didn’t campaign for it. It just happened.

    Councilman Eddie Moore told her of the milestone after he and Drakeford had been sworn in as council members at council’s meeting Tuesday.