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Today's News

  • It never looks like the picture on the box

    I walked by the county jail and library on my way to Lancaster High School just about every day.

    I was always fascinated when I stopped by the old library at the corner of Gay and French Streets.

    To me, it was amazing to watch librarian Miss Robbie Horton work. 

    While I struggled to find stuff using the formula Melvil Dewey devised, she never did. 

    Shucks, Miss Robbie made it look easy; she knew where every book and volume was. She was the best book finder and put ’er backer I ever saw.   

  • Meet your Neighbor – Glenda Manus

    Name: Glenda Manus

    Age: 62

    Address: Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck

    Family: Husband, Henry; daughters, Krista Cook and Laura Whittaker  

    Pets: A dog named Fox and a Polish hen named Olive

    Job: Retired from Union County (N.C.) public schools

    Church: Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

    Hobbies: Reading and writing

  • PASS scores improve

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County elementary and middle school students showed overall improvement in most subject areas of last school year’s 2011 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test and remained the same in others.

    The S.C. Department of Education released the results of the annual end of year test Friday morning.

    In all, the Lancaster County School District came close to matching state results, but exceeded them in only one area. 

  • School lunch prices increase by five cents

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night approved a recommendation to raise lunch prices.

    The action came during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting during which it also approved a resolution to issue and sell $7.5 million in general obligation bonds.

    Starting this semester, prices for both elementary and secondary student lunches will go up five cents to $1.55 and $1.80 respectively. The increase is expected to generate about $23,000 in revenue.

  • Council to review redistricting and discuss new federal grant

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After a series of public hearings to discuss redistricting, Lancaster County Council will get its first look at a draft map for new county districts at its Monday meeting. 

    The proposed new district lines are based on population numbers from the 2010 Census, though County Administrator Steve Willis said those are just a starting point. He said the draft is also based on comments and suggestions from residents who attended hearings held throughout the county. 

  • Sumter halts Blue stars’ state hopes

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys Blue 13-year-old all-star baseball team was hoping for a deeper run in the state tournament, but fell short in its diamond quest at Citizens Park in Aiken.

    Sumter, which went on to capture the state tournament and a bid in the Dixie Boys 13s World Series in Seneca, derailed the Lancaster Dixie Boys Blue team’s hopes in a 5-3 win earlier this week.

    Lancaster, which went 1-2 in the tournament, held a 3-1 lead to the fifth inning when Sumter scored four unearned runs to take the lead.

  • Gamecocks picked to win SEC East crown

    USCsports.com

    For the first time since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the South Carolina Gamecocks are the preseason favorite to win the Eastern Division, according to a poll of media members attending the SEC Media Days in Birmingham.

    The defending Eastern Division Champion Gamecocks received 931 points, outdistancing Georgia (794) and Florida (731) for the top spot in the East.

    Carolina received 114 first-place votes, compared to 38 for Georgia and 12 for Florida.

  • Mulvaney’s debt bill fails in Senate

    A legislative compromise coauthored by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney to cut government spending while also raising the country's debt ceiling was voted down by the U.S. Senate Friday, only days after it received significant support by House members. 

  • Pot plants found in drug sweep

    Local authorities took to the skies last week in their latest effort to eliminate drugs in Lancaster County. 

    As part of a joint task force to hunt down and eradicate marijuana, members from the Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Drug Task Force joined with several other authorities on July 14 to search the county by helicopter and on foot. 

  • Woman slaps police officer in jail

    A Lancaster police officer was assaulted Wednesday by a woman who was already in jail. 

    Several officers responded to the jail area of the Municipal Justice Center, located at 405 E. Arch St., a little before 3 p.m. about an inmate who had removed all of her clothing except for her bra, according to a police department incident report.