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  • Yow loses S.C. House District 53 race protest

    The S.C. Election Commission heard the concerns of former state representative candidate Richie Yow on Nov. 27, but in the end decided by a 5-0 vote to uphold the victory of incumbent Ted Vick in the S.C. House 53 seat.

    Vick, a Democrat, won the Nov. 6 general election by 723 votes. Yow, a Republican, claimed there were enough discrepancies in voting procedures in Chesterfield County to more than offset that margin.

  • Residents should sign up for credit monitoring

    Blake Faulkenberry isn’t worried about the possibility of becoming an identity-theft victim.

    Three days after hearing about the information breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue, Faulkenberry registered for free credit monitoring. Since then, he said there’s been no notification of any suspicious activity.  He also monitors his bank statement online daily.

    “I haven’t seen anything strange happen,” said Faulkenberry.

  • Gardner’s sex charges in Lancaster County involve Oconee teenager

    A Kershaw man facing charges of sexually abusing two middle school students in Oconee County a decade ago now faces similar charges in Lancaster County, where some of the incidents reportedly occurred.

    Richard “Trey” Gardner III, 39, of 302 E. Church St., Kershaw, is charged in Lancaster County with three counts of a lewd act with a minor under age 16 and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor, according to warrants. 

  • Robinson sentenced in murder, attempted murder cases

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Monday, Dec. 3, after he pleaded guilty to a long list of charges, including the murder of a man this summer and the attempted murder of a sheriff’s office investigator months later.

  • Sunday liquor permits on hold

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Local restaurants have already begun taking advantage of county residents’ approval of a recent ballot initiative to sell beer and wine on Sundays, but they’ll have to wait a bit longer to sell liquor by the drink.
    More than half of Lancaster County voters approved a ballot measure during the Nov. 6 general election to allow local restaurants to sell alcohol on Sundays.

  • LARS announces expansion

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lisa Woods had been waiting and watching intently for when widespread public transportation would become a reality in Lancaster County.
    On Thursday, Nov. 29, her wishes came true as Lancaster Area Ride Service (LARS) announced a major expansion of its program, which began in 2009.

  • County questions abandoned 911 plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    Questions abounded from Lancaster County Council members Monday night, Nov. 26, about  recent news that the city of Lancaster had abandoned a plan for a joint E-911 center.
    County Administrator Steve Willis informed council members that Lancaster City Council elected to keep its own 911 center, effectively halting a proposed plan to merge both the city and county’s 911 dispatch centers.

  • City gets favorable audit

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster has again received a favorable review of its financial activities.
    Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte conducted the city's 2011-12 audit, which was presented to Lancaster City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
    The firm issued a “clean opinion” of the city’s governmental and business activities, which means things are in good standing. The audit also reviewed each major city fund, its balance and its accounting practices.

  • Man accidentally shot in face

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Charlotte man is recovering from his injuries after a ricocheting bullet struck him in the face at a Lancaster home on Thanksgiving Day.
    A sheriff’s deputy spoke with a nurse about the shooting shortly after it happened Nov. 22. The nurse, who works at Carolina’s Medical Center in Waxhaw, N.C., said a 50-year-old Charlotte man came in with a gunshot wound to his face, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Deputies nab suspect in string of car larcenies at repair shop

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man faces a host of larceny charges after authorities say he broke into multiple vehicles during the past two months.
    Altonio Demonte Huntley, 18, 2603 Potter Road, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 22, in connection to a string of thefts from Cook’s Transmissions, 113 Twilight Road, Lancaster.  
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Huntley’s arrest Tuesday, Nov. 27.