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  • Man accidentally shot in face

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Charlotte man is recovering from his injuries after a ricocheting bullet struck him in the face at a Lancaster home on Thanksgiving Day.
    A sheriff’s deputy spoke with a nurse about the shooting shortly after it happened Nov. 22. The nurse, who works at Carolina’s Medical Center in Waxhaw, N.C., said a 50-year-old Charlotte man came in with a gunshot wound to his face, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Deputies nab suspect in string of car larcenies at repair shop

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man faces a host of larceny charges after authorities say he broke into multiple vehicles during the past two months.
    Altonio Demonte Huntley, 18, 2603 Potter Road, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 22, in connection to a string of thefts from Cook’s Transmissions, 113 Twilight Road, Lancaster.  
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Huntley’s arrest Tuesday, Nov. 27.

  • Two LHS students arrested for drugs

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Police arrested two juveniles at Lancaster High School last month after they were caught with a commonly abused prescription drug.
    School officials called the school resource office about 1 p.m. Nov. 19 in regards to a 15-year-old male student who had been caught with eight and a half “Xanax bars.”
    The 2-milligram, elongated pills, which can be broken into four portions, are the highest dosage of the prescription drug alprazolam, sold under the trade name Xanax.

  • Flu spikes earlier than usual

    Springs Memorial Hospital announced Friday, Nov. 30, it is implementing a temporary limited visitation policy due to the high number of flu cases in the area.

    According to a news release from the hospital, the temporary policy, which begins Monday, Dec. 3, limits visitation for the following:

    • Children under age 12 will not be allowed to visit patient rooms and emergency room patients.

  • Thaxton investors to get money back, plus some

    Investors in the once-beleaguered Thaxton Group define fiscal cliff in another way.

    Hopefully in three weeks, those investors who saw their life savings disappear will finally be able to step back from the brink of that cliff. 

    They will finally get all their money back, plus a little more.

  • County’s jobless rate falls slightly

    Employment in Lancaster County appears to be improving, at least from a statistical standpoint. 

    The county had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in October, a small drop from the 10.9 percent posted in September, according to figures released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    In comparison, Lancaster County posted a 13.4 percent unemployment rate in October 2011. 

  • Municipalities must now approve smoking ban

    While Lancaster County Council decided this week to snuff out smoking in enclosed public spaces, residents will have three months to prepare before the penalties go into effect. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis is hoping to educate residents and business owners about the specifics of the newly approved ordinance. 

    Though it technically went into effect Monday night, Nov. 26, Willis said its penalties aren’t enforceable until March 1, 2013. 

  • Kershaw taking steps to comply with ADA

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is taking steps to ensure all of its public-use buildings are equipped to accommodate people with physical limitations. 

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit spoke to Town Council during its Nov. 19 meeting about being in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

    Municipalities must comply in order to receive certain government funding. 

  • AJHS choral students to sing in National Honors Choir

    KERSHAW – As the county’s arts-focus high school, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Andrew Jackson High School student body is full of talent. 

    The sheer number of students recently chosen to perform nationally with an exclusive chorus shows just how deep that talent pool runs.

    Six of the school’s advanced chorus members – Lexi Fletcher, Marisa Fletcher, Brittany Williams, Amanda Mobley, Lauren Rowell and Allie Dabney – were recently invited to sing in the biennial 2013 National Honors Choir.

  • Butt out: County Council passes smoking ordinance by 4-2 margin

    Smokers beware – there’s a new ordinance in town. 

    Following months of heated debates, enforceability concerns and secondhand smoke statistics, Lancaster County Council approved final reading Monday night, Nov. 26, of a countywide smoking ordinance by a vote of 4-2. 

    Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole opposed the ordinance, and Larry McCullough was absent from the meeting.