• BHS honors Whited at Arbor Day service

    The staff and students of Buford High School used this year's Arbor Day celebration to remember the life of one of their own.

    The school held its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday morning and a red maple tree was planted in the courtyard in memory of Bobby Whited.

    Whited, a Buford High senior, died in a car accident in 2004.

  • Area leaders target gap in student performance

    Community leaders met for a third time to discuss closing the achievement gap among students in Lancaster County.

    A committee was formed earlier this year to study why some students don't achieve academically as well as others, and what can be done about it.

    About 20 people attended the latest meeting, held Thursday at the TRIO Learning Resource Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Discussion came from three questions committee facilitator Bobby Bailey left the group with at the end of the previous meeting in August:

  • Angel tree needs help to make kids Christmas

    Christmas may not come for some local needy children whose names haven't been taken off Lancaster Christian Services angel trees.

    Program volunteer Brenda Campbell said there are 77 names left on the tree at the Church of Lancaster on Craig Farm Road in the youth building. But when the program allows people who missed the September deadline to fill out applications on Dec. 12. between 200 and 300 more are expected to be added. The applications may be filled out between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the church on that day.

  • City Council gives first OK to updating comprehensive plan

    Lancaster City Council gave first approval of an updated comprehensive plan for the city last week.

    The new plan will guide development efforts – where development should occur and what type – in the future with zoning designations. The city's plan is part of the county's comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 1999. State law now requires that the plan be updated every five years.

    Lancaster County Planner Chris Karres, whose department has been responsible for updating the county-wide plan, said not many changes are needed in the city plan.

  • Basket Fund tally nears $1,000

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has brought in almost $1,000 since the drive began Nov. 19.

    The fund, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, collects donations that are used to buy $25 food vouchers that are given to less fortunate families in Lancaster County.

    Recipients can use those vouchers at local grocery stores.

    As of Wednesday afternoon, $880 had been donated to the fund, now in its 48th year.

  • Council on Aging seeks transportation funding

    County Council gave the green light to spend $53,064 that would match a grant for transportation services for senior citizens and the disabled.

    Sally Sherrin, director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, told council Monday night that there are new grant funds available to transport seniors and the disabled and to take other people to work.

  • New suspension school starts in January

    Students in Lancaster County who are suspended or expelled will soon have a place to go where they can receive instruction and guidance during their time away from school.

    The Rev. Wayne Murray and other community leaders are organizing a suspension school called In Pursuit of Excellence. It will be housed at Living Word Church on Market Street in Lancaster.

    The school will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and target middle and high school students.

  • Springs alligator apparently killed

    An alligator that was living at Springs Global Grace Plant's reservoir has been killed, some local residents say.

    The Lancaster News has received a number of calls and e-mails indicating that the alligator was killed by a contractor hired by the company. The paper published an article about an alligator living in the reservoir on Nov. 23.

  • Residents experience Internet slowdown

    Fred Jensen accesses the Web every day to check stocks and get news, but this week he said his Internet service has been non-existent.

    Jenson, who uses dial-up to connect to the Internet at home, wondered if the problem was related to the land-line issue local residents experienced earlier in the week.

    That appears to be the case.

  • Measure restricts what materials may be used on some commercial buildings in IL

    After almost two years, an ordinance to regulate commercial building exteriors in the Panhandle has passed.

    County Council voted 4-3 Monday night on final reading of an ordinance that prohibits metal, vinyl or cinder-block exteriors on commercial buildings that front S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 north of S.C. 75.

    Council has been debating the ordinance since early 2006. It was sent back to the planning department several times for changes.