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  • Lib Wilson a trailblazer for women

    In recognition of Women’s History Month, you don’t have to look far to find a person to highlight.

    Lancaster’s Lib Wilson, who died last month at age 89, was quite a trailblazer and power player in the realms of business, politics, education and community service.

    A few people who knew Wilson well recently spoke to The Lancaster News on what they remember most about her.

  • Council creates mining district

    Two years after the word “landfill” was etched into the minds of county residents, officials have created a new zoning district to help alleviate concerns about a rumored landfill site near Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine.

    A new mining district designation received first approval, as did the rezoning of thousands of acres of gold mine property, during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, March 11.

  • Ready to give back

    The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of Glenn McFadden to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board.

    As a member of DNR’s policy-making body, McFadden will represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Lancaster County. He will finish out the term of Randy Lowe of Hartsville, which ends in June 2014.

  • Officials investigate suspected home invasion

    Officials with Lancaster County Sheriff's Office were still working the scene of a suspected home invasion in Kershaw about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    About 6:15 p.m., a 911 call reported a home invasion by three armed individuals at a residence in the 1000 block of Arbor Drive in Kershaw.

    Lancaster County SWAT team, Lancaster County EMS and Lancaster County Sheriff's officials responded to the call.

  • ‘Her little blue eyes danced and danced’

    For Sarah Chilson-Cole, knowing is one thing.

    Just like the rest of her family, this mother of four has come to the sad realization that her niece, 5-year-old Soren Chilson, is tragically gone. She has to come to grips with that. 

  • Peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines

    At first glance, peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines don’t have much in common, though a recent county decision affects each in a unique way.

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously on several ordinances during its Feb. 25 meeting to delete any licensing fee requirements for pawnbrokers, video poker machines and peddlers and hawkers from the county’s code.

  • Local United Way names Outlaw as new director

    Though her title is different, Melanie Outlaw says her role will remain the same.

    Outlaw, who’s worked for the United Way of Lancaster County since 2009, has been named the agency’s executive director. Her first official day in that position was March 1.

    Before last week, Outlaw’s title had been resource development coordinator. But because the local United Way office had no executive director, Outlaw assumed those duties as well.

  • Man sentenced for store burglaries

    A Lancaster man arrested last fall for a string of burglaries only three months after his release from prison was sentenced again last month.

    Dennis Michael Robertson, 45, 2720 Lynwood Drive, was sentenced Feb. 21 to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of violent second-degree burglary, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.

  • Federal officials accept S.C. educator evaluation plan

    The U.S. Department of Education has approved the S.C. Department of Education’s proposed guidelines to evaluate educators.

    The performance-based educator-evaluation overhaul is a requirement of the flexibility waiver granted last year by the U.S. Department of Education exempting the  DOE from key provisions of No Child Left Behind.

  • Police report: Woman cuts boyfriend with knife

    A Lancaster man told police that an argument with his girlfriend resulted in her cutting him with a knife last month.

    An officer met with the man at the Municipal Justice Center shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 11. The man, who lives on West Barr Street, said he was asleep in the bed that morning when he was awakened by his live-in girlfriend, who had her hands around his throat, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said he jumped up and pushed her off him. They then got into a verbal argument, the report said.