Today's News

  • District gets below-average grade in review

    The Lancaster County School District received a below average on its state-issued report card for 2009, the same rating it got in 2008.

    But seven district schools improved on their absolute ratings in the report cards from 2008 to 2009, and 14 schools in the district saw an increase in their growth ratings in 2009.

    • Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests.

  • I did my share of work, too

    I recently crossed paths with an old friend while going inside “the Walmarts,” where Lancaster’s movers and shakers meet these days.

    And right off the cuff, he called me a city boy.

    That was bad enough, but he didn’t stop there.

    It really made the hair on the back of my neck stand up when he said, “According to your articles in the paper, all you do is go to grammar school and build them cardboard airplanes.”

  • Businesses question Streetscape plan

    Adam Lyles doesn’t like one aspect of a proposed beautification effort for Lancaster’s South Main Street.

    Lyles, owner of Premier Motors, thinks planting trees along the sidewalk would block the view of vehicles he’s trying to sell.

    These proposed trees are part of the city’s Streetscape project, which has resulted in new curbing, sidewalks, greenery and other improvements on Main Street. The project began on the north end a number of years ago and is making its way southward.

  • School bus catches fire while returning home from field trip

    A school field trip ended in flames for some South Middle School students on Friday.

    Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, said the 1990s model Thomas Built bus caught fire on Woodland Drive near Laurel Court about 7 p.m.

    The bus was returning from a choral event at Carowinds.

    The bus driver, Tim Bailey, noticed smoke coming from the back of the bus and pulled over, Vaughn said.

    Bailey then noticed heavier smoke and  flames and evacuated the 33 students and three teachers from the bus.

  • Local candidates needed for watershed directors

    Voters in Lancaster County will elect four watershed directors in the November general election " two for Cane Creek Watershed District and two for Little Lynches Watershed District.

    Watershed districts in Lancaster County oversee the maintenance and operation of five large flood-control dams that protect the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw.  

  • Countdown to Relay

    Before Tijhmir Glasco released six purple and white Relay For Life balloons into a blue Carolinas sky on Friday afternoon at Carolina Christian Academy, he was holding the past and the present in his hands.

    Each biodegradable balloon was tagged with the name of a cancer victim or a cancer survivor.

    But he was also looking to the future as he watched the wind pick up the balloons and blow then out of sight.

  • Where does Relay For Life money go?

    Debbie Crenshaw is looking forward to spending this weekend walking in support of cancer research.

    Crenshaw, owner of Mane Street Hair Designs, will be one of many Lancaster County residents participating in the 15th annual Relay For Life, an overnight event held to raise local awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures, while also honoring survivors and raising money for research. Teams will begin walking at 5 p.m. on Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and will continue until 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • HS fire station project moving forward

    HEATH SPRINGS – Progress is being made on renovations at the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department station.

    Major renovations are planned for the department, through a $976,000 Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant. The grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department last fall. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs was required.

  • Deputies find elderly man who wandered off from home

    KERSHAW – A search for an 81-year-old man ended well in Kershaw early Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Fork Hill Road resident told deputies that he noticed about midnight that the back door of his home was shut but unlocked. He told them he knew he had locked the door due to his elderly father having Alzheimer’s disease.

    The man said he called another family member and the sheriff’s office when he couldn’t find his father.

  • Council OKs contract for Brooklyn Avenue sidewalk project

    County Council reluctantly approved a North Carolina company to do sidewalk construction on Brooklyn Avenue.

    Council discussed the contract at several meetings, but was waiting for clarification from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments before it approved a firm.

    Council questioned why a North Carolina construction firm should be allowed to work on the Brooklyn Avenue Community Development Block Grant project, which consists of replacing sidewalks and installing crosswalks along segments of Brooklyn Avenue in Lancaster.