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  • 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. 

  • Yow protests results in S.C. House 53 election

    Republican Richie Yow has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 6 election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 

    Incumbent Democrat Ted Vick won re-election to the seat. Yow and Phil Powell, a petition candidate, ran against Vick.

    District 53 covers all of Chesterfield County and the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County.

    Vick won the election by 723 votes, according to the S.C. Election Commission, but Yow claims more than 2,000 ballots were illegally or improperly cast.

  • A life of service

    Some people are remembered for a single accomplishment that defines their life, but Lancaster County educator Mary Best Mackey Robertson will be remembered for how she lived.

    Robertson will go down in Lancaster County memory as one of its most influential residents, a woman whose life and actions had such an impact on so many people, in so many different ways, it can only be summed up with the phrase: She lived to serve others.

    Robertson, 82, died Nov. 21, in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. Robertson had lived in Indiana since 2006.

  • Sleek Look – Deputies get a charge from chargers

    At first glance, it looks as if Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Graffam has borrowed the keys to one of James Bond’s high-tech speedsters.

    Sitting in the driver’s seat, Graffam is quick to point out the digital radar display on his car’s dashboard, the miniature camera system bolted to the inside headliner and the mobile data terminal anchored securely to his right. 

  • Jackie Craine’s mother gets custody of granddaughter

      

  • Man arrested for robbery

    A brawl that left a man bloodied and beaten ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man on several charges last week. 

    Dequincey Rashad Montgomery, 26, 502 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Nov. 19, on charges of strong armed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and entering premises after warning, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers discovered the assault just after 10 p.m. after responding to a fight in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Pardue Street, at Palmetto Place Apartments.

  • Flags to fly at half-staff on Wednesday

    Flags across South Carolina will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Channing Bo Hicks. Hicks of Greer was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 16, 2012.

  • Park council unveils plans for upgrades at bowling center

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Plans for major improvements and expansion at Stevens Park were discussed at Kershaw Town Council’s most recent meeting Monday, Nov. 19.
    Frances Moreland and Beverly Timmons – members of the Kershaw Community Park Council – shared their visions for growth at the town-owned park, located off Close Circle.

  • Final reading of smoking ordinance up for approval

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After months of discussion, the fate of a proposed county-wide smoking ordinance will be revealed at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, Nov. 26.
    If council approves it , the ordinance would prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces throughout the county, including restaurants, bars, retail stores, libraries and public areas of businesses.
    Exceptions to the ban include private homes, retail tobacco stores and private clubs.

  • Expansion coming to Haddon House in Chester

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Services
    CHESTER – An industry is announcing a $3.1 million expansion that is expected to create 100 new jobs in Richburg.
    Haddon House Food Products Inc., an exporter, importer and distributor of food products, plans to increase its operations.