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  • State issues burning ban for Lancaster County

    The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for 14 Palmetto State counties, including Lancaster.
    State forester Gene Kodama issued the ban Tuesday, which prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas.
    The counties included in the burning ban are Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg.

  • Council evaluates property listings

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    As the county’s new courthouse becomes the latest addition to the county’s long list of properties, Lancaster County Council recently asked what else is on that list.
    Several months ago, council asked county staff to create a thorough county property listing, with details on each building and parcel of land the county owns. Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented a first draft of that listing at council’s June 27 meeting.

  • Mobley named to USC board

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The S.C. Legislature has elected Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
    Mobley, owner of Mobley Drugs in Lancaster and a 1978 graduate of USC’s School of Pharmacy, will fill the 6th Judicial Circuit seat vacated by S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16, following his election in April.

  • Scholarship named after former professor

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Those who know Wade Chittam well are making sure that his contributions to the University of South Carolina Lancaster will never be forgotten.
    The retired science professor now has a scholarship named in his honor.
    The Wade Chittam Science Scholarship, which was endowed last month, will be awarded each semester to an established USCL student majoring in one of the sciences.
    The student has to have a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

  • Woman reports items stolen while family slept

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police are still investigating a report from a woman who said someone broke into her home while she was sleeping last month.
    Lancaster police officers responded to the 2500 block of Pardue Street on June 26 only minutes after a 29-year-old Lancaster woman reported someone stole items from her home while she and her children slept, according to a police department incident report.
    Officers arrived at the home a little after 3 a.m. and spoke with the woman, who said she went to sleep about 11 p.m.

  • Two arrested in search for car

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Two Lancaster men were arrested in a strange case relating to a stolen car that was never actually stolen.
    On June 23, a Ruth Street resident called Lancaster police officers to report someone had stolen her car the night before.
    The woman told officers she parked her brown and gold 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis on the road near her home about 9 p.m. June 22, but noticed it was gone the next morning.

  • Log truck collides with car on S.C. 5

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A driver was flown to a Charlotte hospital minutes after being involved in a crash with a logging truck along S.C. 5 Tuesday afternoon.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said a 1993 Honda collided with an empty logging truck along the two-lane road at about 2:10 p.m. The crash happened on the Lancaster County side of the road, about two miles before the York County line.

  • Correction: Waxhaw Independence Day events Monday, July 4

    Waxhaw will hold its Independence Day parade, party and fireworks Monday, July 4. The parade starts at 10 a.m. in downtown Waxhaw. There will be a family-friendly music festival at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Jackson Station beside CVS. Visit www.waxhaw.com or call (704) 843-3195 for details.
     

  • Officials disappointed with budget

    Although disappointed, several local officials say they understand Lancaster County Council's decision Monday to approve a bare-bones budget for the next fiscal year.

    But those same officials are keeping hope alive that their various projects and agencies will receive the funding they need. 

  • United Way donations still rising

    The stagnant economy took its toll on charitable giving to United Way of Lancaster County again this year, though the organization still surpassed last year’s pledges by nearly $36,000.

    The report came during Monday night’s wrap-up event for the organization’s 2010-2011 Community Campaign held at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Campaign board chairman Dr. Gene Moore said with the county’s high unemployment rate and other economic factors, the organization knew every contribution would count regardless of size.