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  • State Senate approves House ATV bill

     

    The S.C. Senate passed a House bill April 26 that places safety restrictions on the use of all-terrain vehicles by juveniles.

    House Bill 3562, better known as “Chandler’s Law” after 16-year-old Chandler Saylor who died in a 2003 ATV accident near his home in Swansea, places minimum age restrictions on juveniles’ use of ATVs and requires safety instruction and the use of helmets.

  • Pledges pour in for HS Vets monument

     

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

  • Royal tea

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Carol Hinson was up at 4 a.m. this morning, glued to the “telly” to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton marry in Westminister Abbey.
    But she had no desire to be there for history in the making.
    Hinson celebrated with a pre-royal wedding tea party at Jean Turner’s home in Elgin on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Hilliard leaves legacy of caring

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – Jannette Hilliard had long been regarded as a ceremonial leader for Heath Springs.
    The former councilwoman advocated for the town wherever she went and always spearheaded plans for its seasonal parades and festivals.
    Colleagues and family say it seems as if she was born with a great amount of patriotism and desire to serve her community. They also say her hard-working and kind spirit will be sorely missed.

  • Man pleads guilty

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 15 years in prison this week for the armed robbery of a local convenience store in 2009.
    Antonio Dupree Leach, 23, 363-B Knollwood Apartments, pleaded guilty this week to armed robbery in connection with a June 6, 2009, incident at the Stop-N-Shop convenience store on McIlwain Road in Lancaster. Leach received a 15-year sentence from Judge Brooks Goldsmith.

  • USCL graduation on Saturday

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    There’s going to be a whole lot of happy folks over at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster this Saturday as the college celebrates the graduating class of 2011 during its annual commencement exercises.
    Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., the graduation will be held in Bundy Auditorium in the Bradley Arts & Sciences Building.
    In addition to students finishing up this month, Saturday’s graduation will include students who completed their degree requirements in August and December.

  • Treatment plant upgrade near completion

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster has agreed to buy another piece of equipment that will go toward upgrades at its wastewater treatment plant.
    City Council voted 6-0 at its meeting Tuesday to approve the request for a variable frequency drive (VFD), which allows for pressure control of the non-drinkable water system at the treatment plant.  
    Councilman Gonzie Mackey was not at the meeting.

  • Lancaster woman wins $100,000

    From Release
    Lancaster resident Christine Jackson is in the market for a new home. She secured her down payment cashing in a lottery ticket worth $100,000.
    Jackson won the prize on April 22. She was headed home from work at Tyson Foods when she stopped at Family Food Store at 715 S. Market St. for a lottery ticket. She scratched the Bass Pro Shops® card in her car.
    “I forgot where I was,” she told lottery officials when it was revealed she won $100,000.

  • Lancaster man charged with criminal sexual conduct

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was arrested this week on two charges of criminal sexual conduct relating to two separate assaults this month.
    Nicholas Blake Rallings, 20, 2095 Powell Ave., was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree connected to two cases being investigated by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. According to a sheriff's office press release, both victims are acquaintances of Rallings.

  • Work continues on station

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – Things are looking a lot different these days at the Heath Springs Fire Department station on Duncan Street
    New brick accents the outside of what will be quite an upgrade for the department when renovations are done. The project, which is about 70 percent complete, will give department members more than three times the space they’ve had in the past.
    Fire Chief Patrick Helms gave an update on the work during the Heath Springs Town Council’s meeting April 19.