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  • Board OKs new classes for 2010-'11 school year

    Cinematography and marketing strategies will be some of the concepts high school students in the Lancaster County School District will be able to learn about starting next year.

    The Lancaster County school board approved the inclusion of eight new courses into the  district’s roster of available courses when it met Nov. 17.

    Each will be offered at one of the four high schools beginning in 2010-11.

    Those courses are:

    • Aerospace engineering – Buford High

    • Botany – Lancaster High

  • McGriff winds down time on school board

    Charlene McGriff enters the room wearing business suits and dress shoes that often draw compliments from people around her.

    At Tuesday’s Lancaster County school board meeting – McGriff’s last as a board member – several district personnel remarked on her sense of style. One person said she always looks at McGriff’s feet to see what shoes she’s wearing.

    But McGriff hasn’t attended school board meetings to make fashion statements. At the last meeting, she was honored with some heartfelt comments about her time on school board.

  • Police probe Saturday shooting

    A man is in good condition after being shot Saturday morning near Pardue Street Apartments.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said officers got a call shortly after 9 a.m. about a shooting near the bridge that leads to the northern entrance to the apartment complex.  

    A man was shot once – either in the head or near the back of his neck – and was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for his injuries, Howard said.

  • 90 veterans to take Honor Flight trip

    Ninety World War II veterans from Lancaster and surrounding towns are headed to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial on Saturday.

    Kershaw residents spearheaded an Honor Flight for area veterans, starting fundraising efforts in the summer. Their hard work is sending local vets to see not only the World War II memorial, but Washington’s other war memorials as well.

  • Man killed in S.C. 903 crash

    A man driving a passenger van was killed Saturday afternoon while trying to avoid a tire that had come off of a truck pulling utility trailer on Flat Creek Road. South Carolina Highway Patrol State Trooper Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the accident happened on S.C. 903 just west of Primus Crossroads about 4:20 p.m. It involved three vehicles. Gaskin said the van, which was carrying five people, caught on fire. "It was fully engulfed in flames." Gaskin said. Gaskin said the victim's name would not be released until next of kin was notified.

  • Breaking News Jury finds Cauthen guilty in murder case

    After two hours of deliberations, a jury convicted David Cauthen in the murder of his estranged girlfriend, Brenda Steen, on Friday, but Cauthen still denies committing the crime.

    “I didn't kill Ms. Steen,” Cauthen said in a quiet voice to Circuit Judge John Few before Few sentenced him to life in prison.

    Steen, 36, was Cauthen's on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. She was stabbed six times on Oct. 17, 2004, and her body was found in a culvert under Camp Creek Road on Oct. 19, 2004.

  • Habitat hopes to raise $15,000

    Despite recent fundraisers and an ongoing tool drive, members of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County are hoping for more help from the community.

    Gigi Biggerstaff, a member of Habitat’s board, said the organization’s recent work on two houses on Caskey Lane in Lancaster was a success, giving eight people a place to live.

    But she said finishing the houses cost more than estimated. That combined with the sluggish economy has created a need for increased donations, she said.

  • Van Wyck to spread holiday joy with parade

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck will spread holiday cheer by holding its first Christmas parade with special guest Santa Claus at noon Dec. 12.

    The parade will start at the Van Wyck Post Office at the corner of Old Hickory Road and Steele Hill Road, and follow Old Hickory Road to the Van Wyck Community Center, organizers said.

  • City Council changes name of department

    A city of Lancaster department has undergone a name change.

    The Building, Licensing and Zoning Department will now be called the Building, Planning and Zoning Department.

    Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday on the change, with Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissenting.

    City staff suggested the name change because business license and hospitality tax collections are now under the city’s support services, a change that took effect this year.

  • LHS collecting food, supplies for needy families

    When shopping at Walmart or Food Lion in Lancaster over the next three Saturdays, you may want to pick up a few extra canned-food items or paper goods to donate to Lancaster families in need.  

    Lancaster High School student athletes and members of the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club will be outside the doors of Walmart and Food Lion to collect these as you leave the store for the next three Saturdays.  

    They are collecting these items to support Operation Blue and Gold Santa.