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  • Helms grateful for predecessors

    Eric Rowell
    For The Lancaster News
    Acting treasurer Carrie Helms was sworn into office July 18 as treasurer of Lancaster County. 
    Helms is no stranger to the office.  She has been working in the treasurer’s office since 2000. 
    Former treasurer, Mary Alice Belk hired Helms as a clerk when Helms was 23 years old.
    “I am very grateful to Mrs. Belk for giving me the opportunity to work in her office,” Helms said. “I have learned so much from her and Mr. Rowell.”

  • Murder suspect turns himself in

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A third person has been arrested in the July 16 fatal shooting of David Brazzell.
    Cameron Leroy Maier, 21, 4424 Fletcher Funderburke Road, was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after turning himself in at the Lancaster Police Department, according to a press release issued Monday
    Police had issued an arrest warrant against Maier on Saturday, charging him with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is now being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety with proof bond.

  • PASS scores improve

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County elementary and middle school students showed overall improvement in most subject areas of last school year’s 2011 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test and remained the same in others.

    The S.C. Department of Education released the results of the annual end of year test Friday morning.

    In all, the Lancaster County School District came close to matching state results, but exceeded them in only one area. 

  • School lunch prices increase by five cents

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night approved a recommendation to raise lunch prices.

    The action came during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting during which it also approved a resolution to issue and sell $7.5 million in general obligation bonds.

    Starting this semester, prices for both elementary and secondary student lunches will go up five cents to $1.55 and $1.80 respectively. The increase is expected to generate about $23,000 in revenue.

  • Council to review redistricting and discuss new federal grant

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After a series of public hearings to discuss redistricting, Lancaster County Council will get its first look at a draft map for new county districts at its Monday meeting. 

    The proposed new district lines are based on population numbers from the 2010 Census, though County Administrator Steve Willis said those are just a starting point. He said the draft is also based on comments and suggestions from residents who attended hearings held throughout the county. 

  • Mulvaney’s debt bill fails in Senate

    A legislative compromise coauthored by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney to cut government spending while also raising the country's debt ceiling was voted down by the U.S. Senate Friday, only days after it received significant support by House members. 

  • Pot plants found in drug sweep

    Local authorities took to the skies last week in their latest effort to eliminate drugs in Lancaster County. 

    As part of a joint task force to hunt down and eradicate marijuana, members from the Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Drug Task Force joined with several other authorities on July 14 to search the county by helicopter and on foot. 

  • Woman slaps police officer in jail

    A Lancaster police officer was assaulted Wednesday by a woman who was already in jail. 

    Several officers responded to the jail area of the Municipal Justice Center, located at 405 E. Arch St., a little before 3 p.m. about an inmate who had removed all of her clothing except for her bra, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Red flag fire alert

    Due to extreme heat and increased fire activity in certain areas of South Carolina, the Forestry Commission is issuing a red flag fire alert for all counties in the state except Georgetown, Horry, and Marion. These three counties are hereby under a State Forester’s burning ban.

     

    A red flag fire alert means outdoor burning should be avoided.

    A state forester's burning ban means outdoor burning is illegal.

     

       

  • Five people charged in stolen property case

    A group of five people, several of them related, were charged this week in connection with a string of crimes spanning two counties over the last month. 

    After an investigation into several larcenies in the Heath Springs area, Lancaster County sheriff's deputies were led to a home this week at 2020 Hanging Rock Road, according to a sheriff's office press release. Investigators executed a search warrant at the home Monday and recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen property inside.