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Today's News

  • Palmetto Homeschool students hold graduation

    Even though they’ve never shared a classroom, Andrew Harwell and Allison Meadows shared the graduation stage Saturday.

    As students involved with the Palmetto Homeschool Association, both Harwell and Meadows were scheduled to attend their official graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday.

    But unlike most other graduating high school classes, these students come from across the state.

    Harwell hails from Fort Mill, while Meadows is from Gaston.

  • Graduation 2009 - Carolina Christian Academy

    The three graduates at Carolina Christian Academy each spoke of how faith and hard work have carried them this far in life, while a special guest shared some key points for continued success in the future.

    Chad Connelly, author of “Freedom Tide,” gave the commencement address at CCA’s May 29 graduation in the school’s gymtorium. Connelly is the founder and president of the Foundation for American Restoration.

  • AJHS class clown turns it around

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior Keithan Stevenson usually has a smile on his face.

    And it’s that smile and the attitude behind it that often got him in trouble during high school.

    Stevenson, 18, was the well-liked, popular class clown. Often rowdy in class, he was thrown out by teachers. Sometimes, he asked to go to the bathroom and never returned to the classroom, wandering the school.

  • ILMS teacher, coach accused of sex crime

    INDIAN LAND - " An Indian Land Middle School teacher was arrested during school hours Monday and has been charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 16, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Arrest warrants accuse Jonathan Henry Jens, 36, of 104 Webbs Mill Drive, Fort Mill, of kissing and inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl. Jens has been placed on administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the school district.

  • 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.