• School board fills positions

    Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved several new appointments to fill vacancies at county schools during their July 16 board meeting.

    Recommended by Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, the new appointments include a new principal to replace North Elementary School’s longtime principal and two assistant principals.

    The July 16 meeting was also the first for the district’s new directors of elementary education and food services, both of whom started this month.

  • Hoops game turns violent

    A high-stakes basketball game reportedly turned violent last week at Connor Street Park. 

    A Lancaster man told police he was playing basketball at the park between 8:30 and 8:50 p.m. July 23 when he was robbed at gunpoint.  

    The victim said he was playing ball with the assailant when the victim made a $1,000 bet on a game of one-on-one between the two, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • FFA Chapters busy this summer

     Reece Murphy 


    It’s not unusual for school clubs to have summer activities, but Lancaster County’s high school FFA chapters are among the most active.

    While some students are stuck at home during summer break, FFA members from three of Lancaster County’s four high schools, Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land, traveled to the 86th annual S.C. FFA Convention at Clemson University last month.

  • Buck Moon glows over Lancaster
  • Local, state dropout rates fall

    Lancaster County School District’s dropout rate fell during the 2011-12 federal fiscal year, a trend that mirrors a state decrease in the number of high school dropouts.

    According to a report on student dropout rates released by the S.C. Department of Education on Wednesday, July 24, a total of 101 out of 3,402 high school students dropped out of Lancaster County high schools during 2011-12, a rate of 3 percent.

    The rate is the lowest for the district since 2008-09.

  • Child hunger reality in Lancaster

    A community forum was held Tuesday, July 23, in Lancaster City Hall council chambers to discuss the problem of child hunger in Lancaster County and possible solutions.

    The forum was a result of the Midlands Family Study, a child hunger study out of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina. Eight South Carolina counties, including Lancaster, were chosen for the study. A total of 550 families were interviewed to determine the reasons behind child hunger. 

  • Council debates price for Springs store

              Christopher Sardelli    
    A request for an asking price launched a testy debate about how best to attract new businesses to the area during Lancaster County Council’s Monday, July 22, meeting.  

  • City honored for NAS Center

    Jesef Williams
    Government leaders across the state have noticed the impact of Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center.
    On Saturday, July 20, the city of Lancaster was recognized during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting in Greenville.

  • On the road to recovery

    Reece Murphy
    A Lancaster News/Carolina Gateway photographer critically injured in an automobile accident involving a drunken driver July 15 is showing signs of improvement.
    Aaron Morrison was transported to Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after he was rear-ended at 12:54 a.m. on Johnston Road in Ballantyne, N.C., by a 2007 BMW driven by Nicholas Michael Borden, 31, of Indian Land.

  • One arrested, one wanted in assault

            Christopher Sardelli    
    One woman was arrested and a man is wanted in the early-morning assault of a Lancaster woman who was chased down a street in her underwear July 16.
    Sharon Teresa Dixon, 28, 2906 University Drive, was arrested July 17 and charged with assault and battery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    A second person, Hayden Dover, is wanted on a related charge of malicious injury to property, the report said.