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  • County Council gives nod to cleanup at abandoned cemetery

    An abandoned Kershaw cemetery littered with years of brush and debris will receive a slight facelift thanks to a group of dedicated residents and some help from Lancaster County Council.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a proposed during council’s Feb. 11 meeting plan to help restore Belk Cemetery.

    Located just off Jason Street and north of the Kershaw town limits, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair, Willis said.

  • J. Marion Sims Foundation reports possible theft of $220k

    An investigation into missing funds from the J. Marion Sims Foundation has revealed a potential suspect in the possible theft of at least $220,000.

    Local authorities first learned of the missing funds when foundation director Jim Morton filed an incident report with Lancaster Police Department on Friday, Feb. 22. 

    Morton told officers there was evidence of employee theft from the organization estimated, at that point, to possibly be $220,000, according to report. 

  • Funds missing from J. Marion Sims Foundation

    While the details are sketchy at best, the J. Marion Sims Foundation issued a press release that some of its funds are missing.

    The theft, the release said, involves a former employee. It was discovered during the course of an annual independent audit.

    Although the release did not say how much money was stolen or when the theft occurred, the release said the amount was “not insignificant.” The former employee’s name has not been released.

  • Gregory co-sponsors gun bill

    COLUMBIA – Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) is among the trio of state legislators taking aim at a measure that requires South Carolina to comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database to ensure proper background checks on the mentally ill before they can buy guns.

    Gregory, along with sens. John Courson (R-20) and Chip Campsen (R-43), filed S.413 on Wednesday, Feb. 20.   

    The bill would require judges to submit to SLED the names of people adjudicated to be mentally ill and unsafe to own a gun.

  • Heath Springs to adopt new computer system

    HEATH SPRINGS  – It appears the town of Heath Springs is adopting a simpler and more efficient method of keeping its court records.

    Johnny Steele, the town’s judge, spoke at Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, to further explain his request for a computer program called LawTrack. It’s provided by the company Nicholson Business Systems of Florence.

  • Man charged with burglary, attempted murder

    A Lancaster man was jailed last week on charges of attempted murder and burglary, only days after he was released on bond for a separate crime.

    Brandon Shane Polston, 27, 1984 Firewood Road, was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and malicious injury to property less than $2,000, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came after deputies responded Feb. 13 to a burglary in the 3100 block of Pink Plyler Road.

  • 2013 Comporium phone book highlights city’s Red Rose Festival

    You will now be reminded of Lancaster’s signature event all year round.

    This week, Comporium Communications unveiled its 2013 phone book, which highlights the Red Rose Festival. The cover features a red rose with “Red Rose Festival” written just below it.

    This particular directory serves Lancaster County.

    The Red Rose Festival, now in its fourth year, is set for May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

  • No vacation break for Mulvaney

    Members of Congress left Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15 for a 10-day vacation break, but U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) hasn’t been sitting at home this week.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mulvaney spoke to about 200 constituents in a town hall-style meeting at York Technical College in Rock Hill, answering questions ranging from proposed gun control bills to the “fiscal cliff.”  

    Then on Wednesday, the second-term congressman from Indian Land spoke to a group of students at Buford Middle School.

  • Grant approved for Parks and Rec department

    Children will soon have a new place to play outside the Springdale Recreation Center with the award last week of a new state grant for playground equipment. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the State Parks and Recreation Development grant, to help buy and install the equipment near the Springdale building, was awarded to the county Feb. 14. 

    Awarded through the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, the grant funds $29,936, with a 20 percent local cash match of $7,484 from the county. 

  • School officials seek help with legislative support

    Lancaster County School officials urged audience members at this month’s school board meeting to ask their state representatives for help with two important issues facing the district.

    The appeal came Tuesday, Feb. 19, during a meeting with a packed house of family members gathered to celebrate recognition of this year’s Junior Scholars with Trustees Awards.