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  • KCI workers arrested for sexual misconduct

    KERSHAW – After a months-long probe into possible sexual misconduct at Kershaw Correctional Institution (KCI), three female employees turned themselves into authorities and were arrested late last month. 

    Crystal C. Haynes, 56, of Lancaster, and Charthenia B. Smith, 55, of Heath Springs, were each charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate of a correctional facility. 

  • City Council adopts $23.39 million budget

    After weeks of talk about taxes, fees and funding for special projects, there was virtually no budget discussion at City Council’s most recent meeting Tuesday, June 11.

    That night, council voted unanimously on final reading to adopt the city’s budget for 2013-14, which is set at $23.39 million. The vote came in a smooth, expeditious fashion, as there wasn’t any debate among council members or city staff.

  • Developer seeks change in zoning for TreeTops property

    VAN WYCK – A new residential development is being proposed on Van Wyck Road at the former site of the TreeTops children’s camp, where Mattamy Homes wants to build up to 1,200 homes.

    The Canadian homebuilder has filed two applications with the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the first asking for the rezoning of the 622-acre property at 9070 Van Wyck Road and the second for the allowance of cluster subdivisions for the entire county. 

  • City Council approves Finally Friday alcohol sales

    Alcohol will again be sold during the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday summer performance series.

    City Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday, June 11, to allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine at the downtown musical series, set for June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27.

    Following city policy, council has to vote each year to allow alcohol at the series.

    Council took the same action prior to last month’s Red Rose Festival.

  • Lennar rezoning in IL gets nod from County Council

    Plans for a new almost-400-home residential development in Indian Land are moving forward after a nod from Lancaster County Council on Monday, June 10. 

    The planned 172-acre neighborhood of single-family homes, currently dubbed “Lancaster Highway Property” by developer Lennar Corp., is awaiting final approval of a rezoning plan before construction starts. 

  • Indian Land woman charged with shoplifting $1.5 million in items from Hobby Lobby chain

    ROCK HILL – An Indian Land woman suspected of shoplifting more than $1.5 million in merchandise from Hobby Lobby stores in North Carolina in the past two years was arrested by Rock Hill police this week.

    The Wednesday, June 12, arrest of Maria Steele, 58, 18301 Greyfield Glen, followed a shoplifting incident at the Hobby Lobby on Meeting Boulevard in Rock Hill earlier that day.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for northern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the northern portion of Lancaster County until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire county until 1 a.m. Friday, June 14.

  • County tied up over budget

    It took almost an hour of discussion and three separate votes, but Lancaster County Council eventually approved second reading of its proposed 2013-14 county budget Monday night, June 10. 

    The series of votes – in which the motion for the county’s budget first failed, then was reconsidered, and finally approved with special conditions – came after a lengthy debate about planning fees, funding for nonprofit agencies and county employee pay raises. 

  • Kershaw looking for new administrator

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is once again looking for an administrator.

    Last week, Bryan Pettit informed Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes that he is stepping down from the position to take another job.

    Pettit didn’t want to go on the record with the name of his new employer.

    For right now, though, he will tell the public that it’s a manufacturing company in Lancaster County.

    Pettit’s last day with the town is June 30. He starts his new job July 1.

  • School board approves teacher’s termination

    The Lancaster County school board has upheld a recommendation to fire Andrew Jackson High School science teacher Doug Elder for what is deemed as a pattern of inappropriate behavior.

    The disciplinary action, taken Thursday, June 6, against Elder followed deliberations in a rare open termination hearing, a quasi-judicial disciplinary proceeding similar to a trial.

    Most often heard in closed session, Elder’s hearing was held in open session at his request with him acting in his own defense.