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Officials: The victim was his roommate

Man charged in fatal stabbing

Reece Murphy
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A Lancaster man is in jail for stabbing his roommate to death early Christmas morning, according to officials.
Yery Hernan Castro Ortega, 30, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his roommate, Jose Santiago, 26.
A Lancaster Sheriff’s Office release said deputies went to the men’s home at 2052 Athena Road about 3:20 Christmas morning after receiving a call about a fight.
When deputies arrived, they found Santiago dead inside.


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Chester council to hear L&C request

Denyse Clark
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CHESTER – The Chester County Planning Commission met last week and unanimously approved a rezoning request for the L&C Railway.
The request was submitted to change property at 4544 Lancaster Highway, Richburg, for chemical manufacturing.
Chester County Economic Director Karlisa Parker made the request at a Dec. 20 meeting on behalf of L&C Railway. Parker told the planning commission she represented L&C landholdings and asked for the property to be rezoned to ID-3.


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Betty Harmon Holt, 78

Betty Harmon Holt, 78
LANCASTER - Betty Harmon Holt, 78, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 22, 2011, in Wendell, N.C.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 28, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lexington.


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Troopers working fatal Indian Land accident

By Reece Murphy

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal automobile accident in Indian Land where a vehicle fell between two bridges on U.S. 521.
While official information about the accident is still sparse, the emergency services call went out about 11:27 Tuesday morning describing an overturned vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 521 (Charlotte Highway) and S.C. 75 (Waxhaw Road).


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Lancaster woman abducted from a convenience store, assaulted and killed

By Jesef Williams

The woman who was abducted and murdered across two bordering counties Monday was from Lancaster County.
Authorities say Beverly Hope Melton, 30, of Kershaw was at a Jefferson convenience store about noon Monday when she was harassed by a man there.
She was later sexually assaulted and driven from Chesterfield County to Kershaw County, where she was again assaulted and then killed, according to information released during a Tuesday press conference.


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Comporium gives $177k for economic development

County receives grant

By Chris Sardelli

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With Christmas trees and wreaths displayed nearby, representatives from Comporium gave Lancaster County an early Christmas gift Thursday afternoon. 

Speaking to a small crowd on the top floor of the County Administration building, Comporium Senior Vice President Greg Austin presented the county with an infrastructure grant check for $177,000. 


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Two kids bitten by dogs

By Jesef Williams

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 A Pageland woman was cited for speeding and driving under suspension after Lancaster police stopped her as she looked to have her son treated for a recent dog bite. 

An officer stopped a black Cadillac at the intersection of East Arch and Rock streets about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 17, because the driver was speeding and the backseat passenger was looking back in a suspicious manner, according to an incident report. 


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Friends remember ‘Uncle Al’ Williams

Chris McGinn

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Al Williams was the type of guy every man wanted for a brother and every woman wanted for a husband, said longtime friend Pat Oglesby. 

Albert “Al” Lee Williams Jr., 72, died Dec. 9, after a brief illness. He was remembered Dec. 12, by family and friends at a service at his church, Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. 


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Donations still sought for Christmas basket

Jesef Williams
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Contributions have been pouring in for an annual effort that assists the less fortunate during the holiday season.
More than $4,000 has been donated to the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, which is in its 52nd year.
The fund, sponsored by HOPE in Lancaster, collects donations to buy food vouchers that Lancaster County families can use at local grocery stories.


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Harper/Carnes planning on running for office

By Reece Murphy

With more than 11 months until the November general election, at least two local businessmen are getting an early start campaigning for Lancaster County Council.

Steve Harper and Brian Carnes have both announced their bids for council seats.

During this year’s election, all odd-numbered County Council seats are up for re-election, which includes seats occupied by Larry McCullough in Indian Land’s District 1 and Cotton Cole in Buford’s District 3.


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