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  • Half-staff flags in memory of fallen firefighter

    Flags are at half-staff from sunup to sundown today to mark respect for the memory of David Crenshaw of the Pendleton Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on Monday Jan. 9, 2012.

  • Is LARS leaving Lancaster County?

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The idea of paying more than $100,000 for a county-wide transportation service did not sit well with several Lancaster County Council members during their first meeting of the year Monday night.

  • Funeral today for slain woman

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The family of a former Lancaster woman shot to death in Fort Mill by an estranged boyfriend last week is finding comfort in an outpouring of community support, her brother said Tuesday.
    Jackie Lashon Craine, 34, died Thursday at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
    On Tuesday night, family and friends planned a candle-light vigil to honor her memory and highlight the issue of domestic violence.

  • On the campaign trail

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Balancing the budget and limiting the federal government’s involvement in state issues were just some of the priorities on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mind as he spoke to Lancaster County residents Tuesday afternoon about his presidential aspirations.

  • Pros, cons to NCLB flexibility waiver

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County educators say they like some aspects of the S.C. Department of Education’s proposal requesting flexibility for certain provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but have plenty of mixed feelings about it as well.
    The standards-based NCLB is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001, with the goal of having all students in the country achieve grade-level passing performance in English and math by 2014.

  • Sheila Jones Roberts, 68

    Sheila Jones Roberts, 68

  • Man fatally injured in Harrisburg Road accident

    A Charlotte man died Sunday night from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Harrisburg road approximately 2 miles south of the state line at Pineville.
    Edgeworth said the accident happened when William Justin Rigsbee, 28, of the 3000 block of Sterling Court, Indian Land, driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck south on Harrisburg Road, ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, which caused the pickup to overturn.

  • Man sentenced for possession of a firearm

    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
    Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced McManus to 27 months in jail, followed by two years of supervised release and $200 in special assessments.

  • Deja vu tragedy

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     When Jimmy Brown heard about the abduction and murder of Hope Melton last month, he was immediately taken back to April 1980.
    More than 30 years ago, Brown, then a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy, was an integral part of the investigation into the kidnapping, rape and killing of 18-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Eudy.

  • Neal not running this term

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    After nearly 14 years representing Lancaster County and House District 44 in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal (D) said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012.
    Neal’s announcement came just two days after a Heath Springs business owner announced his intention to challenge Neal for the District 44 seat in this year’s general election.
    Neal, 69, said the decision to step down at the end of his seventh term in office was one he made months ago after careful consideration.