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Today's News

  • Business geared to setting up, prepping race cars for the track

    A new motor sports service has raced into Lancaster County.

    Performance Technologies, a company focused on race car preparation and set-up, officially opened Feb. 2, though it has been open since mid-January.

    Owner and race enthusiast Ron Read recently relocated from northern Virginia. The Charlotte area attracted him because of its close association with motor sports, particularly NASCAR.

  • Student art to grace cover of phone book

    Emily Moore’s artwork will soon be a mainstay in the homes of thousands of Lancaster County residents.

    The thought of such acclaim is hard for her to absorb.

    Moore, a ninth-grader at Lancaster High School, is the 2009 winner of the phone book cover contest sponsored by Comporium Communications, which produces the countywide telephone directory each year.

    About 100 middle and high school students in Lancaster County entered the contest.

  • Sylvia Knight Catoe, 63, died Saturday, March 7, 2009.

    Born June 1, 1945, in Lancaster, she was a daughter of the late Cletus Britton Knight and Martha Gay Knight. She was a member of the First ARP Church and was employed by Lancaster County.

    Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Dawn Catoe and Paula Catoe Bunton, both of Lancaster; two sisters, Sandra K. Snipes and Beverly K. Knox, both of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Brittany Bunton and Hunter Bunton; and a great granddaughter, Savannah Bunton.

  • Cost of school lunch going up?

    Local students and their families could see a hike in the cost of school-provided food starting next year.

    Lancaster County School District officials are looking at increasing the prices of its meals for the 2009-10 school year.

    This would be the first increase since 1996.

    Full-priced student lunches now cost $1.25 and full-prices student breakfast costs 75 cents, said Lydia Quinn, the district’s director of planning and accountability.

    Her office is considering raising full-priced lunches to $1.75 and breakfast to $1.

  • State honors county for job creation

    The S.C. Department of Commerce recently recognized Lancaster County for its efforts to bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

    Lancaster County is one of seven counties receiving attention from the DOC for efforts in attracting new businesses and creating new jobs.

  • County sees rise in flu cases

    Flu season is in full swing in Lancaster County, and public health officials have seen a surge in reported cases this month.

    Clair Boatwright, spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, said Lancaster County has reported 57 cases of flu between Feb. 15 and Feb. 21, up from 31 reported cases the week before.

    The results are based on quick nasal swabs taken at doctor’s offices.

  • HS plant fire ‘suspicious’

    HEATH SPRINGS – Firefighters were able to contain a suspicious fire at the American Wax plant to one room of the main office building Sunday.

    Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire began about 1:30 p.m. His department, along with Kershaw, Rich Hill and Pleasant Hill, was called to fight the fire.

    Helms said it took less than 250 gallons of water to put out the fire in the office. The blaze also ignited the grass outside the building.

  • UW plans community garden

    A new initiative by the United Way of Lancaster County may soon ease food concerns for residents.

    Carolyn Petroski, interim director of the local United Way, said her organization is spearheading a community garden initiative, hoping to grow food to help the needy in the area as early as this summer.

    The plan is locate a plot of land, identify people in need and then allow them to plant and harvest food from the area.

    Petroski said the Lancaster County Recreation Department will most likely provide space for a garden.

  • Middle school students may have to pay for summer school

    The Lancaster County School District may soon charge some students a fee to attend summer school as a way to make up for budget shortfalls.

    The matter was discussed at the school board’s Feb. 17 meeting.

    Carolyn Jordan, the district’s executive director of instructional services, said her office is looking at assessing a $25 fee for middle school students who need instruction during the summer.

  • Snow blankets county one day; most melts the next

    Missy Hinson said some of the pastures at Larkspur Ranch were under 4 feet of water Monday.

    Hinson, equine manager at the ranch, said she and husband, ranch owner Joe Hinson, had to open pasture gates late Sunday afternoon so horses could reach higher ground. Older horses were put up in stalls to shelter them from the wet, heavy snow and wind.