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  • $5 million settlement reached in death of bicyclist in 2007

    An insurance company is paying $5 million to settle a case of a former Lancaster driver who struck and killed two bicyclists on U.S. 521 in 2007.

    A federal judge approved the settlement for the family of Tom Hoskins last week.

    Hoskins, 49, and Lee Anne Barry, 43, were killed in Indian Land in October 2007.

    Barry was on the last leg of a cross-country ride to raise awareness for brain injuries.

    Hoskins had joined her for the last portion.

    Hoskins died on the side of the highway.

    Barry died four hours later at a Charlotte hospital.

  • Shoppers swarm to ALDI

    The new ALDI grocery store was so crowded Thursday morning that many shoppers had to park across the road to find a spot for their vehicle.

    And once inside, things didn’t get better.

    The check-out lines extended more than halfway to the back of the store while shoppers crammed the aisles trying to see what foods they could find at a bargain price.

    Thursday was the grand opening for the ALDI grocery store at Old Charlotte Road and North Park Drive behind Bojangles’ restaurant in Lancaster.

  • Police reports: February 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Two Lancaster residents were arrested after police received a call about a possible drunk driver near Twin Dragon restaurant on Feb. 2.

    Erik Lee Collins, 24, 1552 Roy Carnes Road, and Dixie Laswell Horton, 31, 6380 Lee Snipes Road, were charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, officers received a call about a possible drunk driver with drugs in a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • Schools see mixed results on first year of PASS

    Students in the Lancaster County School District scored across the board in the first year of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), which is the state’s new accountability measurement of student achievement.

    PASS replaces the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), which was used for 10 years.

    The state released PASS data last week.

    PASS, which is administered to third- through eighth-graders, covers five subject areas: writing, English/language arts, math, science and social studies.

  • Remote control airplanes may soon fly at landfill

    Lancaster County Council approved the first steps to a plan that would allow a remote-control airplane club to operate at the county’s old landfill on Lynwood Drive.

    Council unanimously approved the plan, which was first brought to its attention by RC airplane enthusiast Jeff Petroski, at its Jan. 25 meeting.

  • 'I am Lancaster' campaign seeks to create a sense of community

    You can play a major role in a new marketing campaign coming to the county.

    See Lancaster SC, the group that promotes tourism in Lancaster County, has begun work on its “I am Lancaster” effort.

    Residents will have a chance to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live.

    Those quotes will be placed on posters that will adorn building windows in downtown Lancaster.

    See Lancaster hopes to begin displaying them in mid-March.

  • Will county join Carolina Thread Trail?

    Imagine a trail that connects several Lancaster County attractions, including Landsford Canal State Park, the Forty Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Now imagine those trails could lead into neighboring Union, York and Mecklenburg counties, connecting thousands of tourists and nature lovers.

    That’s the idea behind the Carolina Thread Trail, a  proposed interconnected trail system that Lancaster County Council considered at its Jan. 25 meeting.

  • Heavy rains flood roads

    Residents and motorists traveling along Gills Creek Drive near Buford apparently got the worst of the heavy rain and flooding that drenched the county Friday.

    Lancaster County got between 2.25 and 3.25 inches of rain, depending on the location, said Morris Russell, the county’s emergency management director.

    The rain was steady for most of the day, creating roads that posed hazards for residents. Severe flooding was reported in several areas in the county.

  • Fort Lawn rejects Springs' request

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn Town Council won’t turn $40,000 left over from its sewer project to Springs Global as was requested by a Springs representative last month.

    Council voted instead Tuesday to keep the money as reimbursement for expenses it has incurred.

    For many years, Springs maintained a municipal sewer system for Fort Lawn. But as the company was closing area plants, it informed the town in 2007 it would no longer maintain sewer service.

  • Exit exam scores decline

    Local school officials saw a dip in the number of students who passed the state exit exam on their first attempt in 2009.

    The Lancaster County school board and district personnel discussed the results at Tuesday’s board meeting. The state released the data in November.

    Slightly more than 74 percent of 10th graders in the Lancaster County School District passed the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program, or HSAP, during the last school year. That’s a 3-point decline from 2008 when 77.4 percent of 10th graders passed both sections.