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Today's News

  • Smooth 1st day of school

    More than 12,000 students began the new academic year at the Lancaster County School District’s 22 schools on Thursday.
    It was smooth sailing most of the day, except for some traffic congestion around the district’s many on-going construction projects.
    “We had a little congestion at Lancaster High,” said David Knight, LCSD spokesman. “But nothing out of the ordinary for the first day of school.”

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian was hit by a car on Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just after 3 p.m. Thursday and later died from the injuries.

    The victim stepped out in front of a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by 17-year-old Ke’von Drakeford of Heath Springs, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne. Drakeford was not charged in the case.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

    More information will be available in Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Sen. Graham talks local infrastructure

    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ears perked up Wednesday morning when he learned that Kershaw officials could use some federal help getting a railroad spur to the town’s new 122-acre industrial park.
    “Let’s see if we can help with this one,” Graham said. “This sounds like a pretty good deal.”

  • Grumbling council votes for $75 IL fee

    In a decision that didn’t seem to please anybody, Lancaster County Council passed second reading of an ordinance Monday night that would add a $75 stormwater fee to the tax bills of homeowners in the north end of the county.
    The fee would also impact commercial property, varying by size.
    The fee, which requires one more council vote, would raise $1.57 million in the first year, to be used to start a new county department that would address stormwater issues.  

  • Staring down a timber rattler while jump-starting a Camry

    While trying to jump-start their car Wednesday, Eric and Jeri Sullivan found a surprise under the hood – a 4-foot timber rattlesnake coiled atop the motor.
    Eric “popped the hood, and it lifted its head up, and he slammed the hood down,” Jeri Sullivan said Thursday.  “I screamed and told my husband I would not ever be driving that car.”
    What to do next? They couldn’t shoot the snake without hitting the motor, and they sure weren’t going to try to touch it.

  • SCCL man charged with vandalizing streets

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident has been charged with vandalizing streets inside the Indian Land community.
    Lancaster County deputies arrested Bradley Keith Munger, 64, Aug. 6 on two counts of malicious injury to property. Munger is a non-owner resident of the 55-and-older community who reportedly lived with his girlfriend in the 55000 block of Derringer Avenue.
    The charges stem from a July 30 incident in which Munger allegedly threw cans of paint in the road at the front gate on Del Webb Boulevard and Sun City Boulevard.

  • ‘Astounding’ electronic art

    Art created electronically on tablets was unveiled Wednesday at a public reception for the artists and community members at the Springs House in Lancaster.
    The artists, pre-k students from Southside Early Childhood Center and adult clients from the Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs center, created digital pieces using tablets and their own imaginations.

  • Mickles resigns teaching job

    Phillip Mickles has resigned from his teaching position at Barr Street Learning Center.
    The resignation became official after a vote during Tuesday night’s Lancaster County school board meeting.
    Mickles was placed on administrative leave in April after an allegation of improper discipline of a student. The Lancaster Police Department investigated the incident and did not charge Mickles with a crime, but he was not reinstated to his job at that time.

  • Voters OK town of Van Wyck

    Van Wyck residents overwhelmingly voted to become a town during Tuesday’s incorporation election.
    Residents of the community’s 1.4-square-mile “original incorporation area” voted 67-7 to incorporate, according to Lancaster County elections officials. Incorporation is the first step in a plan that calls for the new town to grow through voluntary annexation of adjacent properties.

  • LCSD honors teachers

    More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty members in matching school T-shirts filled Buford High School’s gym Monday morning to celebrate great teaching.
    Four teachers from around the district were awarded annual teaching awards. Others were recognized for the number of years they had taught, including one teacher who has 54 years under his belt.
    Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the district-wide Great Teaching Award and the high school award. He has been an educator for 15 years.