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First reading set for 7 p.m. tuesday

City Council set to vote on proposed 2013-14 budget

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council is preparing to take its first official action on the 2013-14 budget.
First reading of the proposed $19.4 million budget is set to occur during the Tuesday, May 14, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall.
Council held its most recent budget work session Thursday, May 9. City Finance Director James Absher said there hasn’t been much change in the proposed figures since the recommended budget was presented to council April 30.


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A day of state history

Leadership Lancaster spends day in Columbia

By Jesef Williams

I didn’t realize there were so many monuments and statues on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia.
Prior to last week, I had visited the building only once. And that was back in high school when I played in a special band on the steps to celebrate the Christmas season.
I remember playing a few yuletide songs, seeing the governor speak on the steps and then leaving. This time – minus a saxophone to tote and free of cold weather – my visit lasted much longer and was definitely more enlightening.


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Fees, rising costs discussed at workshop

County Council debates budget

By Chris Sardelli

Rising insurance costs, potential hikes to the county road fee and elimination of 4-H funds were all ideas hashed out during Lancaster County Council’s special budget workshop Tuesday, May 7.
As council prepares to hear first reading of the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 budget during its Monday, May 13, meeting, several County Council and staff members met to discuss this year’s “big ticket” funding items, as well as options to balance the budget.


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Graduation is first for USC system and Lancaster County

USCL commencement salutes hard work, support systems

By Reece Murphy

The University of South Carolina Lancaster kicked off the graduation season for all USC campuses and Lancaster County on Saturday, May 4, with commencement exercises honoring 96 students.


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Man arrested for attempted murder

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was jailed on an attempted murder charge Thursday, May 9, a day after another man reported he was attacked with a knife.

Police arrested Noel Sanchez, 40, 1030 Sara Drive, about 11 a.m. Thursday on charges of attempted murder and malicious injury to property, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.

The arrest came within a day of a 34-year-old victim reporting the alleged attack about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.


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Man pleads guilty on federal gun possession charge

By Chris Sardelli

COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man faces at least 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge Thursday, May 2.

William I. Satterwhite, 52, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of the federal Title 18 law, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

Nettles said U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.


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Investigation moves forward in Camp Creek Road wreck/death

By Chris Sardelli

The investigation into a fatal two-vehicle wreck that killed a Monroe, N.C. Man along Camp Creek Road on Tuesday, May 7, is moving forward, though charges have yet to be filed.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said there are few updates on the wreck, which killed Jeffrey Whitener, 26, after he was ejected from his Honda at a sharp curve along the road, though a joint team of investigators are hard at work collecting evidence.


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S.C. Highway Patrol

SCHP promotes Albert to Troop 4 commander

COLUMBIA – Bobby J. Albert has been promoted to the new Troop 4 commander with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

As commander of Troop 4, Albert will oversee the day-to-day enforcement and administrative operations of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties.

“Capt. Albert is a seasoned trooper who knows this area of the state well,” said Col. Mike Oliver, SCHP commander. 

“He sets an excellent example and is well-respected among the troopers he will lead.”


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Weather Service issues flood warning

By The Staff

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flood warning for portions of Lancaster County along the Catawba River until late Sunday, May 12, or until the warning is canceled.


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Clerk struck in head with pistol by masked gunman

Armed robbers hold up Antioch Grocery

By Greg Summers

At least two men, possibly three people, are wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Antioch Grocery on Wednesday, May 8, in which a clerk was injured by a masked gunman. 


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