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Today's News

  • PASS, HSAP scores increase

    The percentage of Lancaster County students meeting state standards increased in most subject areas last year, according to Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and High School Assessment Program (HSAP) data released last week.

    PASS results

    Now in its fourth year, the end of year PASS test is administered to third- through eighth-graders.

  • Artwork by Story, McFadden on display at Springs House

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to announce that in the galleries of the Springs House are the works of two talented local artists: Dr. Frances Story and Leon McFadden. The Springs House is located at 201 W. Gay St.  

    For the month of August, the walls of the galleries will feature the watercolors of Story and the pedestals will hold the wire creations of McFadden, a true folk artist.

    About the artists

  • Clinton Elementary students may switch schools

    Clinton Elementary School will allow students to transfer to other public schools as a result of recently released data tied to federal No Child Left Behind standards. 

    Based on final data collected as part of the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the S.C. Department of Education has identified Clinton Elementary as a school required to offer public school choice for the 2012-13 school year, with transportation provided by the district.  

  • Man reports assault by mob

    A Lancaster man suffered a facial fracture following an assault at a wedding party, and police are still searching for the suspects. 

    Officers began investigating the incident after a 24-year-old man came to the lobby of the police department at about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5, to report an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • North Elementary student suspended for bringing knife to summer school class

    A North Elementary School summer program student was suspended last week after bringing a pocket knife to school.

    Though no one was threatened or injured in the incident, Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident is a good reminder as the new school year begins of the seriousness of the offense.

    Vaughn said the incident came to light when another student told a teacher that the 11-year-old rising fifth-grader had a knife.

  • DHEC gathers public input on Pressley’s permit

    Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents at Indian Land Middle School on Aug. 7 to discuss a pending permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center and solicit public input.

    Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ronald R. Olsen has requested a permit to operate a previously unpermitted concrete crusher in the wake of a December compliance letter from DHEC ordering him to address multiple regulatory violations at the site.

    The center is located at 9531 Charlotte Highway.

  • Van Wyck post office faces cuts

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck post office survived a potential closing last year, but now faces a reduction in hours, according to the latest cost-saving plan from the U.S. Postal Service. 

    The Post Office Structure (POSt) Plan calls for reducing hours in 17,700 of 32,000 postal retail locations. For Van Wyck’s office, this would mean opening for four rather than eight hours on weekdays. 

    Last year’s proposed closure of 3,700 rural post offices was met with an outpouring of complaints from the affected communities. 

  • Homemade ice cream memories

    It has been said that the first sign of getting old is a strong desire to re-live the past. Apparently, I’m getting old. I’ve been remembering eating homemade ice cream, on the front porch with my grandfather.

    My grandfather was a master of homemade ice cream. The process started in the early afternoon. The custard would be mixed, the peaches peeled and added. Then the ice cream custard would retire to the “icebox” to chill. A quick trip to town for a bag of ice and it was time for the ritual.

  • Funderburk was county's first African-American Eagle scout

    A living piece of Lancaster County Boy Scout history returned to his roots Friday, July 13. Lancaster native William W. Funderburk, the first African-American to become an Eagle Scout here, talked about his history with the Scouts that day at Lindsay Pettus’ office in downtown Lancaster.

    Even after all these years, Funderburk, 80, holds the Boy Scouts dear to his heart.

  • Saucier leads Crate Sportsman division

    Jody Bigham captured an exciting Super Street win to highlight action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    The Super Street front row was Brandy Baker and Jake Gibbons.

    When the green flag fell, it was Baker, Gibbons, Jody Bigham and Timbo Mangum roaring into turn one for the lead. Exiting turn two, Baker and Bigham were side by side, with Mangum right behind them.