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  • District releases new school plans

    Lancaster County school board members got a look at final plans for Indian Land’s new elementary school during their annual planning meeting Saturday, Feb. 2.

    Approved in 2011 and intended to serve students in Indian Land’s northern end, the new school will be at 10251 Harrisburg Road, across from the BridgeHampton neighborhood.

    With the new plans approved by the state, district officials said they’re now ready to move forward with the bidding process. School officials are aiming for a fall 2014 opening.

  • Council discusses peddlers, hawkers

    What’s the difference between a Girl Scout and a man selling vegetables on the side of a road?

    It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke, but it was actually one of many questions Lancaster County Council members lobbed at each other as they discussed the exact definition of peddlers and hawkers during their Jan. 28 meeting. 

  • DEW to reduce unemployment services in Chester

    The lines at the unemployment office in Lancaster are about to get a little longer.

    Starting Feb. 19, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) is reducing the number of its statewide offices for employment services from 56 to 40.

    One of those offices is in neighboring Chester County. 

    That means those in Chester who need face-to-face help with unemployment benefits must drive farther and come to the office here, at 705 N. White St.

  • A celebration of sacrifice

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Highway Patrol has not forgotten the ultimate sacrifice of one of their own.

    Monday, Feb. 4, marked 74 years since Patrolman Walter T. Bell was killed in a head-on collision in the town of Kershaw.

    The Camden resident had been assigned to license-inspection duty in Lancaster County that day in 1939 – a Saturday – and was on his way home when he was instantly killed in an accident.

    He was 36 years old.

  • Bus driver claims intimidation by parent

    Tensions between a Lancaster County School District school bus driver and a student’s father led to accusations of intimidation against the father, but no charges.

    According to the Feb. 3, incident report, a bus driver dropping children off at a stop near Elm Street and Blue Lane called the Lancaster County School District bus depot to report a man “sitting on the sidewalk with a long gun across his lap.”

  • National Girl Scout Cookie Day is today

    Today, Feb. 8, has been proclaimed National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

    All 112 councils across the country are celebrating the world’s largest girl-led business. The venture brings in a yearly revenue of $790 million and sells to 50 million cookie fans.

    All the revenue earned from cookie activities – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale.

  • Time short for gaming machines

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has three words of caution this week for people who don’t remove sweepstakes gaming machines from their businesses: “Take your chances.”

    With the state Legislature on its way to closing a perceived loophole regarding the legality of sweepstakes machines, Faile is joining with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crack down on those using or possessing the machines. 

  • Blaze destroys shop, man escapes uninjured

    Only a charred, burned-out shell remained hours after a blaze tore through a shop building along a quiet county street over the weekend. 

    Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies both responded to a 911 call about a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the 3100 block of George Carnes Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    A responding deputy noted the shop was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived at the scene. 

  • Deputies trying to piece together shooting in nightclub parking lot

    A man was shot outside a Lancaster nightclub early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, and deputies are still trying to piece the incident together.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the 23-year-old man at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting outside Grown Folks night club, 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The victim told deputies he was standing in the club parking lot when he heard gunshots and then realized he had been shot.

  • School leaders consider direction for 2013-14

    Lancaster County School District officials began laying the groundwork for the coming school year last weekend during the annual school board/superintendent’s planning session

    This year’s meeting, attended by board members and school administrators, was held Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2,  at the Home Place Bed and Breakfast in the Tradesville community.

    Among the many topics under consideration during the two-day meeting were school safety, technology and the 2013-14 school year calendar.