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Foundation awards $471K in grants

Springs Close Foundation gives local grants

From release

The Springs Close Foundation along with the nine members of its community advisory committee made grants at their Nov. 21 annual meeting totaling $471,950.

These grants were made to 19 agencies and organizations which assist local citizens who need basic and emergency needs such as food, medical assistance and shelter.


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Investigation into incident outside AM/PM gas station on Dec. 15

Woman reports assault by mob, dropped child

By Chris Sardelli

Investigators continue to interview witnesses in an alleged assault by a mob outside a Lancaster gas station earlier this month.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies are still determining exactly what happened to a Lancaster woman Dec. 15 outside the AM/PM gas station, at 1553 Lynwood Drive.

Deputies responded to a fight in progress outside the gas station just after 5 p.m. And spoke with a 35-year-old victim at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.


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Crime-prevention tools and 911 upgrades the 2013 ticket for local law enforcement

By Chris Sardelli

With violent crimes dominating headlines in 2012, including a long list of murders, shootings and assaults, local law enforcement leaders have several plans for cutting the crime rate in 2013.


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Education leaders focus on finances, safety, standards and construction in upcoming year

By Reece Murphy

Outstanding report cards for Lancaster County schools and recognition as the best two-year campus in the state for University of South Carolina Lancaster were among the many accomplishments that marked 2012 as a great year for local education. 

With 2012 gone, though, Lancaster County education officials are already looking forward to 2013 with a certainty that this year will be even better. Here’s what they’re saying:

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County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

By Barbara Rutledge

As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.


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County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

By Jesef Williams

From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

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Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.


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Masked robber flees from scene

Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

By Chris Sardelli

Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.


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Grant will be used to hire 10 full-time firefighters to provide daytime service

FEMA awards county $1 million

By Chris Sardelli

The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

“The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.


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Mulvaney: House will wait on Senate to take action on fiscal cliff

House to reconvene on Sunday

By Reece Murphy

House leader Rep. John Boehner has called U.S. House District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and other congressmen to head back to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday morning he doubts there will be enough time for the Senate and House to reach a deal in the upcoming days.

During a phone conversation Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney said Boehner asked House Republicans to cut the holiday break short and return to work.


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Marion Street house fire in Kershaw claims one

Two more fires, another fire fatality in county

By Reece Murphy

KERSHAW – A house fire claimed the life of a Kershaw man Thursday morning, Dec. 27, the second deadly fire in Lancaster County in less than a week. 


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