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Today's News

  • 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.

  • New elementary emerging from expanse of red clay

    Lancaster County school board members, district staff and community members gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on the Panhandle’s new elementary school.
    Expected to be complete next August, the 95,000-square-foot building will accommodate 1,170 students. The 36-acre site is on the west side of U.S. 521, just south of Rebound Road.
    School board member Melvin Stroble, who represents District 1, where the new school is being built, said the district needs additional facilities to support growth in the Panhandle.

  • Library cancels eclipse viewing after Amazon recalls glasses

    The Lancaster County Library has canceled its eclipse-watching events scheduled for next Monday because 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses it bought from Amazon.com have been recalled, with too little time to get new glasses that are guaranteed to be safe.

  • Faile elected president of S.C. sheriffs’ group

    Barry Faile will lead the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association for the next year, the first Lancaster County sheriff ever elected president of the group.
    Sworn in during the SCSA’s annual conference last month, Faile assumes the position after serving several terms on the association’s board of directors.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper noted Faile’s accomplishment during Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Ballots set in Heath Springs, Kershaw

    Election filing closed Tuesday in the nonpartisan Heath Springs and Kershaw town council races set for Nov. 7.
    Five candidates filed to run in Heath Springs, including three for mayor. The town has a mayor and four at-large council seats.
    Mayor Ann Taylor and longtime council members Ted Sowell and Mark Bridges announced last month they would not seek new terms.
    Taylor has been mayor since 1991. Bridges has 33 years on council, and Sowell has served three terms.

  • Gregory on panel that will investigate nuclear project

    State Sen. Greg Gregory has been appointed to a bipartisan committee that will investigate the scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in Fairfield County.
    The Lancaster Republican is one of 12 senators selected last week by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. The committee is co-chaired by Majority Leader Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) and Minority Leader Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington).
    Gregory called the turmoil that surrounds the decision to abandon the expansion of the V.C. Summer plant a debacle with plenty of blame to share.

  • Man shot in Clinton Ave. home-invasion robbery

    A man was shot early Tuesday in a home-invasion robbery at his home on Clinton Avenue, and police are looking for information about three suspects in the case.
    About 4:20 a.m., first responders arrived at a medical call in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue and found that the man had been shot, according to a statement from the Lancaster Police Department.
    The victim, whose identity was not released, was in stable condition Tuesday at Springs Memorial Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the statement said.

  • Youngest NASC volunteer best friends with the oldest

    Jake Catoe has lived only 10 years, but he has an old soul.
    He appreciates old things and what they’ve been through. He treasures Native American history, museums, real books and older people. He is particularly fond of retired schoolteacher Henry Shute, 75, who seems to love all the same things.

  • Gills Creek solution saves $1M

    Call it a win-win-win situation. An endangered local species gets protection. A flood-prone neighborhood dries out. And Lancaster County avoids spending $1 million.

  • City police will open new office at hospital

    The Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday will open a satellite office on the city’s west side – in the lobby of Springs Memorial Hospital.
    While it won’t be staffed 24/7, the office will benefit the hospital, nearby residents and the police department, said Police Chief Scott Grant, adding that the proposal originated with hospital CEO Janice Dabney.
    “It’s her idea. I just recognize a good one when I hear it,” Grant said. “We’re excited.”