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  • Kershaw pledges support for L&C

    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials are onboard with a plan to provide substantial tax relief for L&C Railroad.
    At its Monday, March 18, meeting, Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously to accept L&C’s request to return to taxing levels before 2010.
    The vote was 6-0. Councilman Morris Russell was absent from Monday’s meeting.
    Because of state legislation (Act 388), the taxes L&C owes in the county have increased 450 percent since 2010, according to Steve Gedney, who oversees the railroad.

  • Lancaster County not immune from weekend wildfires

    South Carolina suffered a rash of wildfires across the state last weekend, three of which occurred in Lancaster County.
    In all, South Carolina firefighters and Forestry Commission personnel battled 131 wildfires over the weekend.
    Officials attributed the state’s dangerous fire conditions to a combination of low humidity, warm temperatures and wind gusts of up to 30 mph, conditions that prompted the Forestry Commission to issue a Red Flag Fire Alert.

  • Sims Foundation awards $908,0000 in grants

    J. Marion Sims Foundation
    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  
    Ten organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $908,605.

  • Clarification on Kershaw Town Council election

    The Kershaw Town Council election is Tuesday, March 19. The wrong date was published on Pages 1A and 2A in the Sunday, March 17, edition of The Lancaster News. Votes will be cast at Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. 

       

  • Half-staff flags honor Inez Baker

    Flags across the state will be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 18, 2013, in honor of Inez Baker. Baker, a Cayce resident and 26-year Army veteran, was killed in an attack on a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on March 8.

  • City license proposal on hold

    Dean Faile wanted Lancaster City Council to think about perception.

    He listed a few notable politicians and celebrities, and asked council members to marinate on the first thoughts that come to mind. President Barack Obama, former Sen. Jim DeMint and Tiger Woods were among the names.

    Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, then asked council to think about the city of Lancaster’s perception. He said community pride is in the forefront.

  • Lancaster man charged with racketeering

    A multi-state racketeering investigation into an illegal internet casino operation resulted in the arrest of a Lancaster man and eight others across South Carolina on Tuesday, March 12.

    Leonard Doyle Lucas, 57, 490 Shoreline Drive, was arrested March 1 on multiple charges related to the investigation of a Florida-based non-profit corporation called Allied Veterans of the World Inc. and Affiliates, according to a S.C. Law Enforcement Division press release.

  • Woman faces drunk driving, child endangerment charges after chase

    A Lancaster woman remains behind bars on DUI and child endangerment charges, almost a week after authorities noticed her car swerving along a county road.

    Candice Lynn Crawford, 25, 324 Elm St., was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 9, and charged with child endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw. Authorities say Crawford had three young children in the car with her when she was stopped.

  • Man charged with assaulting woman near USCL Gregory health center

    An assault that left a woman bleeding on a path near the University of South Carolina Lancaster resulted in the arrest of a man earlier this month. 

    Laquavis Devon George, 29, 1226 Lee St., was arrested March 4 and charged with third-degree assault and battery, according to a Lancaster Police Department booking report. 

    On Feb. 27, officers responded to an assault near USCL’s Gregory Health and Wellness Center on Hubbard Drive, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Budget amendment restores all services at unemployment offices

    The S.C. House of Representatives adopted a bipartisan budget amendment on Wednesday, March 13, to restore 17 rural employment centers dismantled by the state Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) last month.

    One of those offices is in neighboring Chester County. Since Feb. 19, those in Chester County who need face-to-face help with unemployment benefits have been coming to the Lancaster office at 705 N. White St.