• Closing the book

    Christopher Sardelli


    Looking back on two years’ worth of investigations into suspected gang activity, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said there’s no feeling quite like closing an open case. 

  • Hard work pays off

    A team of educational experts representing the international accrediting body AdvancED will recommended accreditation for the Lancaster County School District.

    Accreditation is a certification process that ensures an educational body maintains standards that qualify its graduates for admissions to institutions of higher learning.

  • Nunnery: Looking back/forward

    Chris Nunnery has found himself in an awkward position several times in the past week. 

    For years, he’s been accustomed to responding to emergencies when he hears them paged out on the radio scanner. But now, he’s only able to listen, as the dispatcher’s voice takes him back down memory lane. 

    Nunnery, who was chief at the Lancaster Fire Department for the past nine years, announced his retirement last month as he prepares to take on a new position as the county’s 911 director. 

  • Earned Honor

    Jesef Williams
    Pat Cassetta clearly recalls images from his time as a machine gunner during World War II.
    The former U.S. Marine was first deployed to the island of Saipan and later sent to battle at islands along Japan, as the United States fought back after that nation attacked Pearl Harbor.
    Cassetta served four years in the Marines before being discharged in 1947.
    Those years in battle came with gruesome sights he’ll never forget. Death and dismemberment were commonplace.

  • Doster wins state award

    Jesef Williams
    Cherry Doster was recently recognized for her support of the arts in Lancaster and beyond.
    Doster, who’s known by many in local arts and service circles, is the winner of the Distinguished Art Advocate Award for 2011 by the S.C. Art Education Association.
    She received the award at the SCAEA’s annual Professional Development Conference, which was held last weekend in Greenville.

  • To B-3 or not to B-3?

    Christopher Sardelli
    Listening along with his fellow Lancaster County Council members, Larry McCullough shook his head in frustration at the idea of ending a ban on commercial rezonings in the Panhandle.
    As council’s Indian Land representative, McCullough championed the creation of the moratorium earlier this year. The idea was to halt rezonings in the Indian Land area until B-3 rezoning classifications were better defined.

  • Stewart had ‘gruff style, but a heart of gold’

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    Harvey Stewart never claimed any of the rightful credit due him for being a good coach. He would, however, take credit for hiring a good coach.
    “Hiring John Smith, I guess I did do that one good thing for Great Falls High,” Stewart joked.
    Smith is now the all-time winningest basketball coach in the history of the state, so the hire certainly was a good one. Smith said Stewart did far more for the school than hire a good basketball coach, though.

  • Von Campe to speak at events

    Christian Academy
    Hilmar von Campe will speak at several events this weekend. Born April 11, 1925, von Campe was in the Hitler Youth, and in 1945 he staged an escape from a prisoner of war camp in communist Yugoslavia, crossing seven borders.
    After the war when he learned about the Holocaust and the Nazi atrocities, he questioned how it was possible for this to happen. He began a study of Marxism, national socialism, communism, Islam and western society.

  • Fifteen arrested in gang case

    Christopher Sardelli
    With the photos of 15 suspected gang members displayed on both sides of him, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile unveiled the results of a massive, two-year investigation into gang activity Monday morning.
    Flanked by Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Faile announced a joint effort that uncovered a local gang with national ties, resulting in the arrests and indictments of 15 mostly county residents.

  • Papers are now signed

    Reece Murphy
    A little more than three years after its former developer walked away from the project, Indian Land’s Edenmoor residential development has new owners.
    Edenmoor Land Acquisition LLC (ELA), a partnership between Saybrook Municipal Opportunity Funds IV of Santa Monica, Calif., and LStar Management LLC of Raleigh, N.C., closed on the 850-acre development late Friday afternoon.