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Today's News

  • Construction begins on new Panhandle elementary school

    Land has been cleared and concrete blocks are going up at the site of a new elementary school in the Panhandle.

    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small said construction is “moving along.”

    “They’re digging footings and going up with concrete blocks as they go,” Small said, noting electrical work and plumbing is also being installed underground.

  • Guidelines for schools’ free and reduced-price meals

    From release

    The Lancaster County School District has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the household size and income criteria for determining eligibility starting July 1 as seen in the accompanying table.

  • Coming soon: More arts events

    See Lancaster

    Lancaster Performing Arts’ secondary series, “See Lancaster Live,” is bringing everyone’s favorite comedian, James Gregory, back to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. 
    At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, “the funniest man in America” will bring his rib-tickling reflections of “life from the front porch” to the stage. By refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory focuses on a simpler time, before the “loss of common sense.”

  • A bumpy ride, a shooting and 17 shell casings

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I didn’t know what we were about to walk up to.
    I knew I had my camera bag. That my adrenaline was rushing. The White Street construction made the road bumpy. And my fellow reporter Greg Summers’ manual-transmission truck was shifting us back and forth as we sped down the road.
    We knew we were headed toward a shooting – thanks to the newsroom police scanner for the tip.

  • Hot fun in the sun

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    A heat index reaching near triple digits could not stop the smiles on 250 faces at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department Block Party at Buford Recreation Center on July 21.
    Jennie Reid headed a team of staff members that led groups of children through various stations at the fourth annual event.

  • Column: Is the American Dream alive or dead?

    If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation.
    And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation.
    The American Dream is both very simple and very profound. It has been the driving force behind our country since its earliest days.
    We all have our own slightly different definitions of the American Dream. This is mine: If you work hard and play by the rules, your children will be better off than you are.

  • Deadly mosquito-borne horse disease discovered in Dillon Co.

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA — State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern equine encephalitis in 2017.
    The case was identified July 21 in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

  • 2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

    In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
    Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – one new job for every 13 eligible workers. New investment pumped $85 million into the economy – nearly $1,000 for each county resident.

  • Pinky & Tank

    It was all wagging tails and happy barks as Pinky the pit bull mix and Tank the boxer met for the first time on July 21. This wasn’t just any old play-date, though. The two dogs were brought together after Tank’s life was saved through a blood transfusion from Pinky on June 24.

    Tank had a low platelet count and was bleeding internally.
    “His immune system was going haywire,” said his owner, Heather Dickerson.

  • Holt’s return to planning commission short-lived

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes said he hopes to announce a new nominee for the county planning commission’s District 7 seat next council meeting despite a successful maneuver earlier this month that allowed recently ousted commissioner Jerry Holt to return to his seat on an interim basis.
    A bloc of Lancaster County Council members representing the county’s four central districts voted June 26 against reappointment of the outspoken Holt to his third term on the planning commission representing Indian Land’s District 7.