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Today's News

  • Board OKs 10-point grading for all schools

    The 10-point grading scale, mandated by the state last month for high schools, will take effect for all Lancaster County public schools beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the Lancaster County school board announced Tuesday night.
    “We would like to have the consistency across the board in the grading system,” Lancaster school Superintendent Gene Moore said.
    When school starts in August, the current 7-point scale will stop and the 10-point will begin. Parents will receive written notice with final report cards this semester.

  • Sleeping man caught with lap full of drugs

    It’s not against the law to sleep in your car, as long as you don’t do it with illegal drugs in your lap.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies said that led to the arrest of an Indian Land man the night of May 15 at the 7 Eleven convenience store at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).
    Brian John Bronson, 35, of 554 Silver Run Road, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, II or III drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Clemson part of federal consortium to envision new U.S. textile industry

    Paul Alongi
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programs and help veterans integrate into the work force as part of a $317 million federal plan that aims to remake U.S. textile manufacturing into a high-tech business.

  • Kershaw town council passes first reading of $3.8M budget

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed $3.8 million 2016-17 budget Monday night, though its members aren’t quite sure yet how it will impact taxpayers.
    Mitch Lucas, the town’s interim administrator, said he is still waiting on the final county numbers on how much the town will get in property tax revenue for 2016-17.
    The town, he said, has received the final index numbers for the mandated Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) credit factor, which provides a property tax rollback for homeowners.

  • Gift card bail ‘cops’ strike again

    A 75-year-old Kershaw woman is the latest victim of a scheme in which phone scammers posing as out-of-state cops demand payment for a grandson’s bail using prepaid gift cards.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman got a phone call about 1 p.m. Tuesday from someone posing as her grandson, who told her he was in trouble with the police in Chesapeake, Va.
    The woman said afterward a “Sgt. Jonathan Griffin” got on the line and said her grandson needed to be bailed out of jail.

  • Heath Springs delays painting train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that the historic railroad depot in the county’s smallest town needs a fresh coat of paint, but town leaders are going to put off the work for at least one more month.
    It’s not paying for the work that’s the issue, but getting someone to do it.
    In April, members of town council appointed councilman Mark Bridges to work with administrator Tony Starnes to get bids for the work and then report back for their May meeting.

  • Column: Is $5 too much? Doc, dad haggle over payment for home birth

    Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, the doctors had that good bedside manner about them. We never knew what an emergency room was. When the need was there, the doctor came to your home, and he didn’t charge you an arm and a leg, either.
    I guess I am a living example of this. You see, I was born in Peachland, N.C. You might call it a one-horse town back in the day. My dad had a farm with several horses, some cows, a few chickens and a lumber mill business.

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    LHS class of ’72 meeting

    The Lancaster High School class of ’72 meeting is 3 p.m. today at JoMar’s Family Restaurant, 278 S.C. 9 Bypass East, to enjoy dinner and plan for an upcoming event. For details, call (803) 285-7997 or (803) 285-9668.

    Summer concert series kicks off

  • Church News

    Vacation Bible Schools

    - Carolinas Cowboy Church will have VBS at 9 a.m. June 4 at the Ben Snipes Rodeo Arena, 1504 Caskey Road. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The theme is “Code of the West – Settin’ Things Right.” For details, call (704) 282-6519.

  • News Briefs

    Office closures

    - Lancaster city offices will be closed May 30 to observe Memorial Day. City offices will resume normal operations May 31. Emergency services such as fire and police will operate as usual.