Today's News

  • Students receive GEAR-UP scholarships

    Students throughout the school district are being rewarded in a big way for their commitments to excellence.

    More than 100 seventh- through 12th-graders have received scholarships through the federal GEAR-UP grant.

    GEAR-UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers support and programs to encourage students to attend college.  

    The district is in the first year of this three-year grant program.

  • Partners for Youth awards $190,000 in grants

    The Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation has awarded $190,000 in grants this year to groups that sponsor programs to directly assist the local youth.

    Most of the 14 recipients have received funding from the foundation before, although the specific program sponsored may be different, said Sharon Novinger, Partners for Youth’s executive director.

    Grant amounts this year range from $4,000 to $85,000.

    Since 2000, Partners for Youth has awarded more than $1.5 million in community grant funding.

  • Conservation district to award $500 scholarship

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship.

    The $500 scholarship will be presented to a Lancaster County high school senior who will be attending a college, university or technical college and majoring in an agricultural or environmental-related field such as agricultural education, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, horticulture, soils or wildlife management.

    The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. April 3.

  • School, community mourn child’s death

    Olivia Pettit is being remembered as the sweet little girl who always smiled and encouraged others to do their best.

    North Elementary School Principal Linda Blackwell named a long list of qualities when thinking about Pettit, a 9-year-old fourth-grader who died Sunday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Blackwell said the faculty and students are taking Pettit’s untimely death pretty hard.

    “It was very shocking,” Blackwell said. “We are very said for the Pettits and sad for the school family.”

  • Local teacher named top educator

    INDIAN LAND – Denise Trufan walks up and down the halls at Indian Land Elementary School with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step.

    As she steps out the side door to check on one of her gardens, a few teachers yell “congratulations.”

    But Trufan doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She’d rather talk about what she does that helps her students learn.

    Trufan, who teaches science to all the school’s students, recently received a major honor for her dedication in the classroom.

  • Pardue Street barricades to come down

    The barricades that block one of the entrances to Pardue Street Apartments have been viewed as a gift and a curse.

    Residents of the apartment complex say the barricades on the northern end are an eyesore and detract from the quality of life there.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the barricades, which had been in place since 2005.

  • 2 face charges in burglary spree

    Two people have been charged in a burglary spree of several businesses, mainly in the southern part of Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Matthew Allen Crook, 21, of 3174 Spirit Road, and Christopher Dale Robertson, 22, of 427 Sunnybrook Lane.

    They face second-degree burglary charges in connection with break-ins at Side Tracks restaurant in the Elgin area, 522 Grill, L&L Hunt Club, Carotron and Elgin Feed and Seed.

  • Time for college students to apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students who are planning full-time attendance at a four-year accredited college or university in South Carolina.

    The loans are also available to students who attend York Technical College.

    Loans are available for up to $3,000 a year for undergraduates and up to $4,000 a year for medical or dental school students.  

  • Firefighters, others make their mark on local history

    Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery remembers getting the early morning call about the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse last August.

    He hoped it would be just a small fire, like the one started by a homemade fire bomb a few years earlier.

    “When I heard, ‘Heavy smoke showing,’ it was just a sickening feeling,” Nunnery said.

    Nunnery said since he was a child, one of the most memorable landmarks in Lancaster was the courthouse, with the statue of the Confederate soldier out front.

  • Winter guard winds down first season

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis is proud of the performance by the school’s first-ever winter guard unit.

    The 12-member winter guard group finished fifth out of nine units in its class Saturday at the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) championships in Rock Hill.

    The Warriors competed in the CWEA’s Scholastic Regional A. This was their last competition of the season.