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  • Local high school rankings vary widely in new report

    Lancaster County schools ranged widely on a recent report released by U.S. News and World Report ranking high schools across the nation.
    More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well students were prepared for college, according to U.S. News.
    Indian Land High School ranked highest in Lancaster County, coming in at 3,741 in national rankings and 39th among South Carolina’s 221 high schools.

  • Local film almost set for release

    The newest short film made in Lancaster County is in the final stages of production, and you can get a first glimpse next weekend when the movie’s trailer is unveiled at Benford Brewery.
    “Fate Alchemy” is the story of three brothers whose lives are thrown for a loop when a seemingly easy drug deal goes sideways, leading to a cascade of laughable, vulgar and sometimes dangerous calamities.
    The writer, director and producer of the film, Ace Blankenship, said the movie is drawing a lot of local attention already.

  • County faces funding shortfall over many stormwater issues

    The $60 annual stormwater fee that Panhandle homeowners are paying isn’t bringing in enough money to fix underground infrastructure overwhelmed by fast-track growth in the county’s north end.
    County leaders have proposed increasing the fee to $75 for the upcoming budget year to raise an additional $300,000.
    The $15 increase will be specifically earmarked for special projects, which includes repairs, maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

  • YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant

    YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.
    YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.

  • Lunchtime bomb scare locks down N. Main St.

    Hours before the Red Rose Festival’s kickoff, a bomb scare scrambled Lancaster emergency responders and diverted lunchtime traffic downtown, triggering a three-car wreck on the edge of the cordoned-off area.
    Lancaster police and firefighters shut down North Main Street from Covenant Place to Woodland Drive – blocks filled with large churches and major financial institutions – while waiting for SLED’s bomb squad to arrive.

  • City aims for 1st new subdivision in 15 years

    It has been 15 years since a residential subdivision was built in the city of Lancaster, but city council this week moved to annex 60 acres for a proposed neighborhood of 175 single-family homes.
    NVR, the parent company of Ryan Homes, has signed a contract to purchase the acreage with a contingency that the property be annexed by the city.

  • Annual EMS bike ride starts in Lancaster
  • County might cut auditor’s budget

    For the second time since she took office in 2017, county Auditor Susan Hunter Wallace is seriously butting heads with Lancaster County Council members, and this time they’re talking about cutting her budget because of it.
    The auditor’s office has stopped calculating a certain type of tax incentive used to lure new employers. The incentives are called special source revenue credits (SSRC), and they’re used to help offset companies’ cost of equipment, machinery and infrastructure.

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  • Red Rose Festival this weekend in Lancaster

    The Red Rose Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary May 17-18 with a weekend of family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. The free two-day music festival also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, vendors, a photo contest, pageant, dog show, car show and more. 
    The festival is 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the photo contest winners announcement at 6 p.m., and Rosie the Rabbit’s 10th birthday at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is at 7 p.m., followed by local favorite Whits End.