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  • Man arrested in murder of Heath Springs man

      Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Hours after a Heath Springs man was found shot to death this weekend, another man was charged in his murder, the 13th violent death in Lancaster County this year.
    Melvin Sowell Jr., 24, 108 Harris St., Heath Springs, was charged Sunday, Dec. 9, with murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Michael Lamar Catoe, also of Heath Springs, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • ILMS’s McDonald earns state recognition

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald was sitting in his office chatting with Lancaster County School District administrators Lydia Quinn and Dr. Kathy Durbin on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when he got an urgent message.
    “Miss (Keisha)  Witherspoon and Mrs. (Debra) Miller need you in the gym right now.”
    With that, McDonald politely ended the nearly 40-minute-long visit and headed for the gym expecting the worse.

  • Man gets 10-year sentence in stabbing

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Lancaster man will serve 10 years in prison after he was sentenced this week in the stabbing death of another man last Christmas.
    Yery Hernan Castro-Ortega, 31, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 5, after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Jose Santiago on Christmas Day 2011, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.
    He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

  • Pearl Harbor Legacy

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – For Robert Daniel Wilson, the horrors of Pearl Harbor were the furthest thing from his mind on Dec. 7, 1941.
    At least initially.
    While Japanese airplanes rained destruction down on the U.S. Pacific Fleet that morning, it was early afternoon in South Carolina and Wilson was buoyant.
    And for good reason: Not only was it his 20th birthday, he was also newly smitten by a 19-year-old Fort Mill beauty named Minnie Mae Wilson, whom he’d started dating only four days earlier.

  • That date does live in infamy

    Editor’s note: This “Remember when?” column was originally published in the Aug. 21, 2011, edition of The Lancaster News. Due to the significance of the day, we felt it was worth printing again.

    The start of a new school year always has me remembering when and marveling at how quick time flies.
    Gosh, seems it was only yesterday that me and Mama were walking hand in hand down to Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School for my very first day of school.
    By the fall of 1941, I was in Miss Charlotte Jones’ third grade class.

  • Christmas basket total up to $1,740

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    When HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster recently announced that the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund would return to its roots as a neighbor-helping-neighbor food drive, Elaine Adkins said she knew it wouldn’t be an easy task.
    Logistically, it’s easier to hand a family a $25 food voucher in an envelope than it is to hand them bags of groceries. Plus, all that packing and unpacking takes time and labor.

  • 45 years

    Tears flowed on both sides of the courtroom Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, as a Lancaster man was sentenced to 45 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the murder of a man this summer and the attempted murder of a sheriff’s office investigator two months later. 

    With members of both his and murder victim Donald Morris’ families sitting mere feet away, Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 20, listened intently as Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith handed down a long list of concurrent sentences. 

  • County Council cools on air-rail industrial park project

    Talks about building an industrial park close to Lancaster County Airport have ended – at least for now. 

    Last month, Lancaster County Council voted unanimously to stop negotiations regarding 110 acres the county has had in holding. The land, owned by Dr. Malcolm Edwards, is near the airport on the south side of S.C. 9 near the Chester County line. 

    The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent that night. 

  • Yow loses S.C. House District 53 race protest

    The S.C. Election Commission heard the concerns of former state representative candidate Richie Yow on Nov. 27, but in the end decided by a 5-0 vote to uphold the victory of incumbent Ted Vick in the S.C. House 53 seat.

    Vick, a Democrat, won the Nov. 6 general election by 723 votes. Yow, a Republican, claimed there were enough discrepancies in voting procedures in Chesterfield County to more than offset that margin.

  • Residents should sign up for credit monitoring

    Blake Faulkenberry isn’t worried about the possibility of becoming an identity-theft victim.

    Three days after hearing about the information breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue, Faulkenberry registered for free credit monitoring. Since then, he said there’s been no notification of any suspicious activity.  He also monitors his bank statement online daily.

    “I haven’t seen anything strange happen,” said Faulkenberry.