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  • Dewese takes new path in life

    FAIRFIELD – As a youngster, Johnny Dewese developed an interest in the judicial system and remembers pumping gas and bagging groceries at Raines Store in the Mitford community when Muscoe “Muck” Raines was county magistrate.
    “He held court in the store,” Dewese said. “I was intrigued with the people who came in. I always had an interest in court.”
    After graduating from Great Falls High School in 1969, Dewese went to work at J.P. Stevens.

  • County buys property for IL convenience center

    Lancaster County closed on property Wednesday for a new Indian Land recycling and household trash collection center county officials hope to open later this year.
    According to Lancaster County councilmen Larry McCullough and Brian Carnes, the 4.6-acre property is an undeveloped tract on Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) behind the old Di Dee’s Diner.
    McCullough said the county hopes to begin work on the site within the next two months with the goal of a third-quarter 2015 opening.

  • Nelson sentenced to 20 years in prison

    A Lancaster man who was arrested last December for choking his girlfriend and threatening to kill her was sentenced to two decades behind bars during a plea hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Thursday, April 16.
    Danny Nelson, 48, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brian Gibbons to 20 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and battery, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.

  • City’s ‘1’ ISO among the nation’s best

    The city of Lancaster is now among the nation’s best when it comes to providing fire protection to its homeowners and businesses, said city of Lancaster Administrator Helen Sowell in announcing the big news Thursday, April 17.
    “Congratulations!” she said. “Under the leadership of Chief Chuck Small, the men of the Lancaster Fire Department have been recognized with an ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating of Class 1.”

  • Ladies’ Day Out: S.C. House, councils honor state champion basketball team

    The Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ basketball team was celebrated throughout the city and state this past week for its impressive 2014-15 season 27-0 record that culimnated with a AAA state title.
    On Thursday, April 16, the LHS team was honored in Columbia on the floor of the S.C. House floor by Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44), an LHS alum.

  • School district receives spinach recall

    Lancaster County School District received a notice Tuesday, April 14, from one of its produce providers about a recall of Taylors Farms spinach.

  • Unusual vehicles figure in recent DUI arrests

    Sometimes, it’s as much what you’re driving as how you’re driving it that can get you in trouble, a lesson two Lancaster County men learned recently in separate DUI arrests.

  • L&C train jumps track on Market Street

    A Lancaster & Chester Railroad train out of Kershaw jumped the tracks in Lancaster on Tuesday, April 14, rerouting traffic on South Market Street for hours.

  • County’s DUI initiative reaps positive results

    When it comes to reducing alcohol-related car accidents and underage drinking in Lancaster County, Dr. Harold Holder believes a cutting-edge prevention strategy more than two years in the making may be the key to keeping residents safer.

    Holder, a DUI prevention strategist from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in Berkeley, Calif., revealed the results of the county’s ‘Take U Out of DUI’ initiative during a Wednesday afternoon, April 15, press conference.

  • COG awarded $5.6 million for blight removal

    ROCK HILL – The Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $5.6 million of competitive funding from the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority’s “Neighborhood Initiative Program” (NIP).