Today's News

  • Council OKs heavy industrial ordinance

    Lancaster County Council is working on approving an ordinance that will keep concrete plants in heavy industrial areas and hopefully away from neighborhoods.

    County Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that will require concrete plants to locate in heavy industrial districts. Right now, they're allowed in both heavy and light industrial districts.

    The change was prompted by the situation between Brookchase residents in Indian Land and the Blue Dot concrete plant adjacent to the neighborhood in Perimeter 521 Business Park.

  • Hope on Hill hires architect

    A local nonprofit group has hired an architect to complete plans for the renovation of the old Barr Street School.

    Hope on the Hill has hired Jim Montgomery of MHM Architects of Charlotte to complete design work for new window and roofing work at the old school.

    The Lancaster County School District agreed in 2005 to lease the building for $1 a year to Hope on the Hill. Under the agreement, the organization will ultimately take ownership of the building.

  • Rock band with local ties hopes for MTV gig

    A Los Angeles band with local roots is trying to benefit from its large network of fans to win a MTV 2 contest.

    Djinn, an alternative rock band with three members from Lancaster County, is looking to get enough nationwide votes to be considered to play on the MTV New Year's Eve celebration show in New York City.

    "We're really getting into it for the further exposure," said former Lancaster resident Daniel Ghent, Djinn's lead singer.

  • City Council OKs changes to its zoning ordinance

    Lancaster City Council approved an update to its zoning ordinance at its regular meeting last week.

    Council approved the update after much discussion during its first reading of the proposed changes at the Oct. 23 meeting.

    At that meeting, city building official Richard Bowers presented changes recommended by the city planning commission.

    Council unanimously approved the nearly 41 changes on second reading at the Nov. 13 meeting.

    Councilmen Preston Blackmon and Danny O'Brien were not present.

  • State gives district an average grade

    The Lancaster County School District received an "average" rating on its 2007 state-issued report card, the same ratings it got in 2006.

    The state Department of Education released the report cards earlier this month.

    Schools and districts are assessed by two ratings on the report cards – absolute and improvement.

    Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests, and improvement ratings look at individual student test scores from one year to the next and the number of students who have made such gains.

  • More district students pass state exit exam on first try

    More students in the Lancaster County School District passed both sections of the exit exam in 2007 than in the year before, according to data the state Department of Education released this month.

    Public high school students must pass the English language arts and math sections of the high school assessment program to meet South Carolina's exit examination requirement for a diploma.

    The test is given to students during their second year in high school. Students who don't pass on the first try have additional chances to retake the section they didn't pass.

  • Mite stars win district crown

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission had one youth all-star football team go on and another went home.

    The LCPRC all-star teams went 1-2 in the Central District football championship games Monday night at Rock Hill’s Hargett Park.

    The Lancaster County mite all-stars, ages 11-12, earned a bid to the Upper State championship game with a 28-8 win over Rock Hill.

    The Lancaster County small fry all-stars dropped a tough 8-6 loss to Rock Hill in the district title game.

  • Saturday's B&B Craft Show continues to draw crowd

    Around here, typical Thanksgiving traditions may include turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, spending time with loved ones and attending the B&B Craft Show on Saturday.

    This year is no exception as the B&B Craft Show celebrates its 27th anniversary when the doors of Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, open at 7 a.m.

    Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bowers and Novice Baker, the show is now sponsored by Landmark Pentecostal Holiness Church.

  • We should spend money on hungry people, not sidewalks

    I am writing in response to Nov. 18 article “State ranked among top 5 states for hunger” in The Lancaster News. I have lived in Lancaster County for 18 years and I just recently saw in the same paper that Heath Springs got $200,000 for a new sidewalk. Kershaw and Lancaster both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each on redoing their sidewalks and trying to improve the looks of downtown. How much do we spend on feeding hungry children and old folks? Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things we want doesn’t seem right when there are people hungry.

  • HOPE fills critical need in county

    It’s hard to fathom that here in the United States – the land of plenty – that anyone could go hungry. But they do. And a recent federal study shows that South Carolina ranks in the top five states for hunger.

    An average of 15 percent of South Carolinians endured a “food insecurity” between 2004-06, according to the study. That includes people in Lancaster County.