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Today's News

  • Schools to get stimulus funding

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Local school officials are breathing a lot easier now that the standoff over federal stimulus money for South Carolina has been settled.

    Lancaster County School District will receive about $4.3 million of the $700 million that was aimed for the state’s school districts and law enforcement agencies. Gov. Mark Sanford, who tried to block the funding, signed the request for the money this week following a court order.

  • Sheriff’s office bloodhound gets overheated on the trail

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s tracking dogs, bloodhounds Lucy and Jake, were busy on Friday.

    First, they responded to a search for an assailant wanted in a theft on Sunny Lane.

    Both Jake and Lucy, who are handled by reserve deputy Karl Allen, struck a trail, but were diverted from that track to a search for a missing person on Catoe Road.

  • City OKs rezoning for USCL housing

    Lancaster City Council has given the final OK to rezone property for the first residence halls at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve final reading to rezone 16.5 acres at Hubbard and Brook drives from B-2 (neighborhood commercial) to MF (multi-family).

    Councilman Gonzie Mackey was absent.

    The land will be the site for six apartment-style student housing buildings, which will be built in phases over the next few years, said architect Kris Axhoj.

  • 2 men accused of sex crimes

    Two Lancaster men have been charged with sex crimes against children in cases involving 14- and 15-year-old girls.

    Reuben Douglas “Doug” Cooper, 50, of 2591 Robert H. Kirk Road, has been charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor.

    Brandon Matthew Miller, 28, of 359 Holiday Road, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, lewd act on a minor under 16 and violation of obscenity laws.

  • Precious metals law not so new

    Dealing in precious metals is a hot business.

    But not just anyone can sell gold and silver from just anywhere. It requires a permit from and a background check by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to state law, the permit is required for “any person, corporation or partnership who buys precious metal or precious or semiprecious stones or gems from the general public, whether in bulk or in manufactured form.”

  • Stalled projects cast shadow over City of Light campus

    INDIAN LAND – Just months after celebrating the grand opening of the City of Light in Indian Land, Inspiration Ministries has come under fire from media outlets who are questioning whether the organization is meeting the terms of its development agreement with Lancaster County.

    Articles in Carolina newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, have focused on whether Inspiration Ministries has broken promises to Lancaster County about planned for-profit developments that could have brought jobs and revenue to the area.

  • In honor of Father's Day, we wanted to find out what makes your Dad special. Here's what you had to say

     For my dad, the late Tim Foster;

  • Woman arrested on arson charge

    The woman accused of setting her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire was arrested May 29.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded to 1118 Second St. on May 23 because of a house fire.

    The resident, Parnell Strain, said his neighbor called him at work and said that his ex-girlfriend, Kirkland, was trying to get inside his home.

  • Habitat names families

    With the help of Habitat for Humanity, two families will soon move into new homes.

    Traci Carnes, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, said two homes her organization has been building on Caskey Lane in Lancaster are almost complete. And after reviewing applications, the local Habitat affiliate has selected two families to move into those homes, which still need work before the families can occupy them.

    “I’m running around smiling,” Carnes said. “It’s finally moving along and I’m so happy.”

  • Graduation 2009 - Lancaster High School

    Lancaster County Memorial Stadium was a dignified sea of blue and gold as about 400 graduates made their way down the bleachers and onto the field Friday night to receive their high school diplomas.

    Families of the graduates came out in droves to see their loved ones get their degrees.

    Principal Dr. Joe Keenan asked the crowd in the stadium to keep down the noise as each graduate’s name was called.