Today's News

  • 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.

  • Teen gets 15 years for manslaughter

    Lancaster County Public Defender Mark Grier told Judge Brooks Goldsmith that the case of a 17-year-old charged with murder after the teen’s brother was hit by a car last year has been one of the most difficult cases he’s been associated with.

    Grier represented Alphonzo Markee Robinson, who was charged last July with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a pistol by a person under 18.

    Robinson pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in general sessions court on Friday.

  • State may ax $1.55M in funding

    Lancaster County could see a cut of more than $1.55 million in its state funding, if a proposed budget becomes reality.

    Recommended by the state House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 19, the proposed state budget would decrease money allocated to local governments by $122 million. This translates to a near 50 percent funding cut for governments throughout the state.

    If approved, the cuts would affect the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

  • Indian Land finally has a post office of its own

    INDIAN LAND – A new post office in Indian Land is making life a little easier for Panhandle residents.

    Located inside the Panhandle Food Store and Citgo gas station at 9775 Charlotte Highway, the contract post office officially opened Feb. 10.

    The post office, which is fully operational, features almost everything a full-service post office offers, allowing customers to mail parcels and buy stamps and money orders. The only feature it will not have are post office boxes.