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  • 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.

  • Red Ventures not hiring locals?

    INDIAN LAND – Can a Southern accent hurt your chances of landing a job?

    That’s the question some Lancaster County officials are asking after looking at the low number of area residents employed at Internet marketing and sales firm Red Ventures.

    When the company moved from Charlotte to Indian Land last year, it announced plans to bring 1,000 new jobs to Lancaster County. At the time, many people hoped it was the much-needed boost the county’s economy needed.

  • County receives census award

    Lancaster County has been recognized for leading the state in participation for the 2010 Census.

    Tricia Cummings-Lecque, a data specialist from the Charlotte Regional Census Center, presented the county with two plaques recognizing it for spreading the word about the census. The awards were given at last week’s County Council meeting.

  • USCL campus a little more crowded this semester

    Demarcus Thompson is a little concerned about how well he’ll do in his introductory Spanish course this semester.

    It’s been more than five years since the University of South Carolina at Lancaster student took a foreign language, and he knows he’ll have to study a lot to be successful.

    Thompson said the class will pose a good challenge.

    “I feel like it’s going to be a learning experience for me,” Thompson said. “I’ll be learning the basics.”

  • Kershaw officials want its residents to clean property

    KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials are talking about ways to make a better first impression to visitors.

    Mayor Wayne Rhodes told other Town Council members Monday night that he had recently met with Lancaster County Economic Development President Keith Tunnell, the Rev. Bryant Fersner and County Councilman Jack Estridge to talk about how to improve economic development for the Kershaw area.

  • Woman accused of leaving children in car while in Walmart

    A 25-year-old woman was charged with child neglect after police found her children alone inside a car at the Lancaster Walmart early Thursday.

    Cherish Jane Lemmons, 25, 2004 E. Park Drive, Lancaster, was also charged with possession of stolen goods and giving false information to police.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers received a call about 12:30 a.m. about two unattended children inside a car.

  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after a traffic stop on S.C. 9 Bypass on Aug. 14.

    Jaimar Teaire Addison, 30, 1022 Shady Lane, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy), driving under the influence and no driver’s license.

    According to the report, an officer stopped Addison because he was driving erratically. Addison failed several field sobriety tests and smelled of alcohol, the report said.

  • Popular doctor dies at age 74

    A retired Lancaster physician is being remembered for his caring way with patients and his dedication to his faith.

    Dr. William “Bill” Duke died Saturday at home. He was 74.

    Bill Duke’s family moved often during his youth, but settled in Lancaster in 1945.  

  • 11,400 students return to school

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore visited every school in Lancaster County School District on Monday and said the start of the 2010-11 year was “extremely smooth.”

    Moore credits the principals, teachers, students, parents and everyone else who helped prepare for the first day. He said he was impressed to see much instruction taking place already.

    “It didn’t seem to be a lot of bumps in the road,” Moore said. “I’m amazed at how quickly they settle in. It’s almost like they never stopped school.”