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  • Budget shortfall to delay hiring, pay raises

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Plans to increase salaries for county employees and hire several new personnel will be slightly delayed due to a reduction in local government funding allocated from the state.
    With the state General Assembly finally unveiling its 2012-13 budget earlier this month, Lancaster County Council got its first look July 9 at how much funding the county will receive in its Local Government Fund.

  • Six arrests in robbery/murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Six people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the  home invasion and murder of Lancaster resident Donald Morris in June.

  • Repaving project starts July 23

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Drivers who use Quality Drive in Lancaster Industrial Park as a shortcut between S.C. 9 Bypass and S.C. 200 may be better off driving the extra half mile starting next week.
    In fact, you may have already seen the signs.
    Beginning July 23, crews will begin an extensive reconstruction project on the .85-mile stretch of road expected to last until October.

  • Man reports shots fired at Kershaw home

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster County man says his grandmother’s home was shot at multiple times, though deputies never found any evidence of a shooting.
    A deputy came to the 200 block of South Ashe Street in Kershaw about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in response to a call about shots being fired.
    A man there said he was sitting under the carport of the house when he saw someone in a gold four-door Mercury slowly drive down the street, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Heath Springs re-elects Taylor

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs’ long-standing  leader will serve another term.

    Ann Taylor, who’s led the town for more than 20 years, won re-election Tuesday, July 10, in a two-person race against Town Councilman Eddie Moore.

    Taylor received 135 votes and Moore had 85.

    “I am delighted that the people came out and voted for me,” Taylor said. “I’m pleased I’ll have the opportunity to serve again. I enjoy serving the people.”

  • Two men charged in botched break-in

    Authorities tracked down and arrested two men Wednesday, July 11, who were interrupted during a burglary at a Lancaster home and ran from the scene earlier this week. 

    Jason Derrick Williams, 27, 3396 Thompson Road, and Buddy Allen Hall, 35, 2131 Jessica Chad Lane, were arrested and each charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery following a burglary reported Monday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  

  • Youth Empowerment Festival is Saturday

    Children 17 and younger are invited to an event that’s turning into an annual tradition in Lancaster.

    For the fifth straight year, Lancaster native Javon Crockett has organized a back-to-school festival for area youth. The event – now dubbed National Youth Empowerment Festival – is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Southside Park, off Conner Street in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster men arrested for Kershaw County burglaries

    Kershaw County deputies have arrested two Lancaster County men for a series of burglaries in rural Kershaw, arrests that may have prevented at least one much more serious crime.

    David Patrick Schweikert Jr., 21, and Jeffery Joseph Gray, 22, both of 3232 Old Georgetown Road West, Kershaw, were arrested Sunday, July 8.

    The men are accused of stealing power and hand tools during a string of break-ins last week at homes and outbuildings in Kershaw County.

  • The legality of amending meeting agendas

    Is it OK for a governing body to change its agenda less than a day before a scheduled meeting?

    According to a recent court decision, the answer is no – and Lancaster City Council was briefed on the case and how it could affect their proceedings.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, attorney for the city of Lancaster, spoke during the Tuesday, July 10, meeting about a ruling issued last month by the S.C. Court of Appeals.

    The hearing centered on Saluda County Council, which had been accused of illegally amending the agendas for its meetings.

  • Police charge Hilliard with kidnapping, weapons violations

    Police arrested a Lancaster man on several charges last week only minutes after a woman reported she was held against her will in a parking lot. 

    William Matt Hilliard, 27, 897 Farmbrook Road, was arrested July 4 and charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol. Officers plan to seek warrants for criminal domestic violence and kidnapping, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.