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  • State legislative session starts Tuesday

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    COLUMBIA – Newly-elected House District 44 Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster took state officials to task Thursday, Jan. 3, for their handling of the aftermath of a massive S.C. Department of Revenue computer breach discovered in October.

  • Cardiac issue may be source of accident

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Lancaster man was pronounced dead at the scene of a pickup truck accident in the New Cut community Friday morning, Jan. 4.
    Curtis Cauthen, 63, may have died from a heart attack as he was driving the truck at about 9 a.m. Near the intersection of Camp Creek and Old Farm roads, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.
    Old Farm Road runs between Shiloh Unity and Camp Creek roads.

  • City Council members take oath

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster City Hall was so crowded Thursday night, Jan. 3, that more chairs had to be brought in to council chambers to accommodate the influx of guests.
    There, three council members took the oath of office as they begin their four-year terms following successful campaigns in November’s general election.
    The three are returning Councilwomen Sara Eddins and Tamara Green Garris, and newcomer Jackie Harris.
    Lancaster County Magistrate Fred Thomas administered the oath for each councilwoman.

  • Traffic deaths down in county

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County saw a significant drop in the number of highway fatalities in 2012 compared to the year before.
    Seven people died in vehicle accidents in Lancaster County from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, according to statistics recently released by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    In 2011, there were 24 deaths in the county. In 2010, there were 11 deaths. The year before that, there were 18.

  • Fiscal cliff deal comes with good, bad news

    In what could easily be called good news and bad news for most Americans, U.S. House members voted to approve a bipartisan Senate bill late Tuesday, Jan. 1, that avoids the worst fallout from the so-called “fiscal cliff,” but puts off automatic budget cuts associated with sequestration until March.

    While the bill also does away with Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $400,000 a year, most working Americans will see an increase in their federal Social Security taxes as well.

  • South Carolina delegation discusses ‘fiscal cliff’ vote

    All but two of South Carolina’s delegation to Washington, D.C., voted against a Senate bill to avoid the effects of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    U.S. House members voted 257-167 to support a last-minute Senate bill put together by the White House and Senate Republicans, including U.S. House leader John Boehner and 84 other Republicans.

  • Lancaster County’s jobless rate falls again

    Following statewide and national trends, Lancaster County’s unemployment rate fell a few percentage points from October to November 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released the most recent statistics late last month.

    Lancaster County posted an 11 percent jobless rate for November, down from the 11.2 percent posted in October.

    By comparison, the November 2011 unemployment rate for the county was 12.6 percent.

  • Woman hurt in Walmart crash

    Emergency responders helped to free a Fort Lawn woman Tuesday, Jan. 1, moments after the car she was driving flipped onto its side in front of Lancaster’s Walmart Supercenter on S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day as the woman was driving east in the store’s parking lot toward the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report.

  • Police investigate restaurant burglary

    Police are still tracking down leads and searching for suspects after more than $1,000 worth of items were stolen from a Lancaster restaurant last month.

    Officers responded to Grinder’s Restaurant, at 208 N. Park Square, at 8 a.m., Dec. 26, about a possible burglary, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    At the scene, officers spoke with a 44-year-old man who said sometime between 2 p.m. Christmas Day and 8 a.m. Dec. 26 someone broke a storage building lock behind his restaurant and stole several items.

  • Man reports gun pointed at him

    Investigators continue to look into the case of a man who reported to police that someone pointed a gun at his face late last month. 

    Police responded to the intersection of Pleasant Hill and St. Paul streets about a disturbance on Dec. 26 at 9:23 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    When they arrived, officers spoke with a 41-year-old man who said another man had just pointed a gun in his face.