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  • Kershaw asks for extra deputy

    KERSHAW – Is law enforcement coverage strong enough in the town of Kershaw? 

    Officials have concerns about it and have since asked Sheriff Barry Faile for an extra deputy to work the town. 

    Kershaw contracts with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, which supplies the town with two patrol deputies per shift. The town pays the sheriff’s office $451,000 a year, and the contract is automatically renewed each year, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes. 

  • Offices swap at county building

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Visitors to the county’s administration building may notice a few changes as they step through its doors these days. 

    Residents looking to cast an absentee ballot may accidentally find themselves in the Procurement office, while those searching for Probate Court might learn they’re in the wrong building altogether.

  • Two people assaulted at businesses

    A convenience store customer told officers he was assaulted by a group of men as he waited in line earlier this month.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened Jan. 7 to a 51-year-old Lancaster man as he waited in line at Crenco, at 700 S. Main St. 

    Officers responded to the store shortly after 4:30 a.m. and spoke with the victim, who said the assault happened as he was standing in line behind an unknown man, according to a police department incident report.

  • DJJ provides family solutions to communities

    R. Michael Smith

    SCDJJ Director of 

    Community Development

    Families with children today face many challenges. Financial strain, busy schedules and countless activities, sibling and parent conflict, negative behavior in the community and school, and much more often prompt parents to look for help for the problems they encounter on a daily basis. 

    One place they can go for assistance is The Family Solutions Program (FSP) provided by the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

  • Price of postage increases

    U.S. Postal Service

    As of Jan 22, postage rates have changed to the following:

    • Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents

    • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents

    • Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents

    • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents

    • Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05

  • Lucy Graybill Morton Cancer Rehabilitation Center dedicated

    USCL 

    The Lucy Graybill Morton Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of South Carolina Lancaster was dedicated Jan. 22 in memory of the late long-time Lancaster resident. 

    The clinic will be supported in part by an endowment established by Morton’s family and friends, who gathered at USCL to celebrate her life and tour the clinic facilities.

  • All school district e-mail addresses will be changing

    The Lancaster County School District is changing its e-mail addresses effective Monday, Feb. 6.

    The change will affect employee e-mail addresses district-wide, including those of administrative personnel, teachers and staff.

    The district’s new e-mail addresses use the following new format: “Firstname.Lastname@lcsdmail.net.”  

    Slight variations in the name portion of the address will be allowed to differentiate personnel who share the same first and last names. 

  • Man attacks and robs victim

    Police are hoping several surveillance photos from inside a convenience store will lead them to a man who attacked and robbed a victim earlier this week.

    The attack happened at about 9 p.m. Jan. 23 as a person was getting into their car in a parking lot within the 300 block of North Main Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

    The man approached the victim and asked if he could use a cell phone. He then pulled out a large handgun and ordered the victim into the passenger seat of the vehicle, the release said.

  • Deputies look for suspect in attempted TD Bank robbery

    Deputies are looking for a man who tried to rob TD Bank in Indian Land on Friday afternoon.
    The man entered the Charlotte Highway bank about 4 p.m. wearing a suit, baseball hat and sunglasses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The man, believed to be about 40, showed a teller a note that demanded money, the release said.

  • PVFD to get new firetruck

    Lancaster County Council helped the Pleasant Valley Fire Department achieve another of its long-term goals this week – the purchase of a new truck.
    Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District Board Chairman Brian Carnes spoke to council Monday night with an update on progress at the department, as well as a plea for help obtaining a replacement service truck.