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  • Council to review redistricting and discuss new federal grant

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After a series of public hearings to discuss redistricting, Lancaster County Council will get its first look at a draft map for new county districts at its Monday meeting. 

    The proposed new district lines are based on population numbers from the 2010 Census, though County Administrator Steve Willis said those are just a starting point. He said the draft is also based on comments and suggestions from residents who attended hearings held throughout the county. 

  • Mulvaney’s debt bill fails in Senate

    A legislative compromise coauthored by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney to cut government spending while also raising the country's debt ceiling was voted down by the U.S. Senate Friday, only days after it received significant support by House members. 

  • Pot plants found in drug sweep

    Local authorities took to the skies last week in their latest effort to eliminate drugs in Lancaster County. 

    As part of a joint task force to hunt down and eradicate marijuana, members from the Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Drug Task Force joined with several other authorities on July 14 to search the county by helicopter and on foot. 

  • Woman slaps police officer in jail

    A Lancaster police officer was assaulted Wednesday by a woman who was already in jail. 

    Several officers responded to the jail area of the Municipal Justice Center, located at 405 E. Arch St., a little before 3 p.m. about an inmate who had removed all of her clothing except for her bra, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Red flag fire alert

    Due to extreme heat and increased fire activity in certain areas of South Carolina, the Forestry Commission is issuing a red flag fire alert for all counties in the state except Georgetown, Horry, and Marion. These three counties are hereby under a State Forester’s burning ban.

     

    A red flag fire alert means outdoor burning should be avoided.

    A state forester's burning ban means outdoor burning is illegal.

     

       

  • Five people charged in stolen property case

    A group of five people, several of them related, were charged this week in connection with a string of crimes spanning two counties over the last month. 

    After an investigation into several larcenies in the Heath Springs area, Lancaster County sheriff's deputies were led to a home this week at 2020 Hanging Rock Road, according to a sheriff's office press release. Investigators executed a search warrant at the home Monday and recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen property inside. 

  • Man found not guilty in shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The verdict was not guilty on all counts Wednesday for a Lancaster man accused in a drive-by shooting.  A jury deliberated for a little less than two hours July 20 in the case of 27-year-old Travis Phillip Miller. Police had charged Miller in connection with the shooting of a 33-year-old man earlier this year.

  • Heath Springs to sell old car

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials are looking to cyberspace as a way to make a little money.
    On Tuesday, Town Council members discussed ideas about how to sell a town-owned patrol car – a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor.
    That vehicle had been used by the sheriff’s deputy, who covers the town. The current officer, Corey McIlwain, now drives a 2011 Crown Victoria.

  • Kershaw officials address vandalism

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Late-night scenes at the town of Kershaw’s recreation center haven’t been pretty as of late.
    Officials say in recent weeks, vandals have broken the glass on the front door of the center, written obscenities and thrown eggs at the building, turned over trash cans and tossed chairs and other items into the swimming pool.
    Now Town Council wants to do something about it.

  • Accident injures two adults, infant

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Two adults and an infant were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a single-car accident on J.B. Denton Road, south of Lancaster.
    Injured in the accident were 20-year-old Lancaster residents Jena Marie Brown and Michael McCorkle, and a 3-month-old child whose identity was withheld by the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Highway Patrol Sgt. Bryan McDougald said the accident happened about 9:25 a.m. when Brown, driving her green 1998 Ford Escort toward Lancaster, drove off the right side of the road and struck a tree.