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  • Man, stepson die in apparent murder-suicide

    Two men were shot dead in a house on Connor Street in Lancaster early Monday, in what police called an apparent murder-suicide.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the dead as Barack Shabezz, 48, and his stepson Terry Lynn Price Jr., 24.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said officers were dispatched to 406 Connor St. about 4:40 a.m. regarding a shooting in progress.
    According to Grant, officers arrived to find one person outside who turned out to be a witness and upon entering the house found the victim shot to death in a front bedroom.

  • Charges dropped in girl’s death

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman has dismissed the Valentines Day 2002 case of a former Kershaw man who was speeding on Catoe Road in Lancaster when he struck and killed a 9-year-old girl crossing the road.

    Garth Braxton Beard was charged in June 2002 with one count of reckless homicide in the death of Brandi Profitt of Lancaster.

  • Candidate filing starts Wednesday

    The filing period for Democratic and Republican candidates begins this week for nine local offices in the June primary election, as well as the county’s and state’s legislative delegations.

    Filing opens noon Wednesday, March 16, and closes at noon March 30, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.

    U.S. Senate and House candidates must file at the S.C. Election Commission, 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, in Columbia.

  • Red Ventures’ Elias ‘flash funds’ supplies for 10 county schools

    What do iPads, a box of stability balls and a stack of books related to “Romeo and Juliet” have in common?

    They are just some of the supplies in 19 Lancaster County classrooms “flash funded” Thursday by Ric Elias, CEO of Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students. 

  • Movement Mortgage opens new corporate headquarters

    FORT MILL – Movement Mortgage on Friday opened its new $22 million headquarters and announced that it is two years ahead of schedule on its goal of creating 672 jobs at the facility. 

    Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials joined company executives and employees for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Housing authority considers instituting a smoking ban

    The Housing Authority of Lancaster County is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for tenants at two public housing complexes.

    Its executive director, Jerry Witherspoon, discussed the matter with Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night, while reporting the authority’s activities over the past year.

    The local housing authority provides housing for low-income families and oversees Caroline Court apartments and Frank L. Roddey Homes. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students. 

  • Will fast scramble for grant pay off?

    Two of Lancaster’s top officials have been knocking on doors in the Poovey Farm and King Circle neighborhoods, scrabbling to gather income data needed for a grant application that they recently realized might get the city $1.5 million for sewer repairs.
    “We’re pushing hard and don’t want to miss the opportunity,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles, who has been doing the footwork with Finance Director James Absher. “It’s out there, and we want to grab it if we can.”      

  • State Senate passes roads bill

    COLUMBIA – The roads bill passed by S.C. senators on Wednesday isn’t passing muster with most of the Lancaster County legislative delegation.
    A Senate bill that would spend $400 million on road repairs for one year, but not raise the state’s gasoline tax to fund repairs longer term, passed 30-15 after 18 Democratic amendments were rejected by the chamber’s 27 Republicans.
    The $400 million would come from the state’s general fund in a year when the state has collected an additional $1 billion in revenue.