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  • Let the learning begin

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    For Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, there’s significance to the number 12,047.

    After visiting all 20 of the county’s schools during the first full day of classes Monday, Aug. 17, from Kershaw Elementary to Lancaster High to Harrisburg Elementary, Moore realized he racked up that many steps during his daylong journey.

  • Officers seek info on robbery

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@

    thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster police are hoping the release of photos and video from a surveillance camera will help them track down a man who robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint Monday night, Aug. 17.

    The incident happened about 9 p.m. at The Markette, 604 S. Market St., when a man entered the store holding a silver revolver and demanded money, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.

  • Commercial water rates are going up

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@

    thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – Members of Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday, Aug. 17, to change water rates for commercial water customers, based on the pipe size at the water meter.

    For some customers, the change will mean an increase in the base rate; for others, it will mean a slight decrease.

    The change in commercial base rates follows a close to 5 percent increase in residential rates in July.

  • IL Middle School expansion project begins this fall

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Construction on a planned expansion and renovation project at Indian Land Middle School, to accommodate a rise in the student population, is expected to begin later this year, school district officials say.

    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small confirmed July 29 that preliminary design work is complete and plans are being reviewed by the S.C. Department of Education’s Office of School Facilities.

  • Felony DUI charges upgraded

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@

    thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Solicitor’s Office has upgrade felony DUI charges against a Lancaster man following the death of his son who was injured in a drunk driving accident south of Kershaw last week.

    In the meantime, family members say they’re depending on memories of the outgoing 5-year-old and a spirit of forgiveness to help them cope with the tragedy.

  • Officers arrest two in shooting

    KERSHAW – The Lancaster County deputies arrested a 37-year-old man and a juvenile Wednesday, Aug. 12, who shot at each other during an argument in the Mill Village area of Kershaw earlier this week.
    Bryan Javon Williams, of 190 Third St., Kershaw, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on warrants for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release said.

  • Filing ends for councils

    Candidate filing ended at noon Friday, Aug. 14, for the November 2015 non-partisan town council races in Heath Springs and Kershaw.
    Non-partisan means candidates don’t run with a political party.
    Three people – newcomer Tracy Benton and incumbents the Rev. Eddie Moore and Iva Lee Drakeford – filed for the two at-large seats on Heath Springs Town Council.
    In Kershaw, two candidates filed to run for mayor.
    Incumbent Mayor Wayne Rhodes will seek another term.

  • Community involvement at Clinton Elementary School

    When the 350-plus Clinton Elementary students walk through the entrance for the first day of classes on Monday morning, Aug. 17, they might notice more changes in addition to the principal who greets them.
    There’s some new landscaping via a partnership.
    On Thursday, Aug. 6, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer program, showed up with wheel barrows, edging, lawn tools and mulch to help with a beautification project at the school.

  • Child dies from injuries in DUI Crash

    A child injured in a Thursday, Aug. 13, DUI-related accident on Flat Rock Road has died.
    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Lynette Walker verified early Saturday, Aug. 15, the child, Jamarei Ikeem Patterson, passed away Friday, Aug. 14.
    Walker said the exact cause of death will be determined once an autopsy has been completed.
    “That’s all I can tell you at the time,” Walker said.

  • Students, staff head back to school

    As summer winds down and vacations come to an end, Lancaster County parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the new school year, which is set to begin Monday morning, Aug. 17.
    For some students, including rising sixth and ninth graders, school has already begun, as those students attended orientation day on Friday to learn the in’s and out’s of acclimating to a new school, finding classrooms and learning their new schedules.