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  • HOPE suspect now back in county

    The former HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster bookkeeper charged in connection with missing funds from the charity is now back in the county and faces additional charges.

    After waiving extradition in Auburn, Ala., Christy Leeann Ellis, 3283 Camp Creek Road, was returned to Lancaster County about 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Cook, Coy to mount petition campaigns

    You’ll likely continue to see plenty of Bob Cook and Joseph Coy campaign signs alongside roads in Lancaster County.

    Despite being removed from the June 12 primary ballot earlier this month, the two men say they are still running for the S.C. House District 44 seat – both as petition candidates.

    Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell, while Coy, a Heath Springs resident, had been running on the Republican ticket against Ryan Payne.

  • LHS’s Alex Metzger’s graduation road marked with personal potholes

     – Editor’s note: In the last four issues, including today, The Lancaster News has been profiling students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2012. 


    During a quiet moment between classes, Alex Metzger marveled at how far he’s come in the last year. 

    It’s been a long road for Metzger, 18, a former Alaska resident who’s set to graduate from Lancaster High School today. 

  • Man sentenced in January 2010 shooting death of Eric Curry

    Two years after a man was shot to death outside a Lancaster nightclub, the case came to a close when the shooter pleaded guilty to several charges.

    Demarcus Lewis Davis, 22, was sentenced May 8 to 15 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections for the shooting death of 35-year-old Eric Curry and the nonfatal shooting of his then -23-year-old brother Navoney Curry, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • DUI initiative aims to curb alcohol-related accidents

    When is 275 too many?

    For local law enforcement and community leaders, it’s when that’s the number of people arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence in Lancaster County. 

    Add to that these sobering statistics: There were 67 reported DUI crashes in the county last year, plus news that 33 people have already been arrested for DUI in the first three months of 2012.

  • Correction for Buford High School graduation time

    The time for the Buford High School commencement was incorrect in the Graduation 2012 special section in Wednesday's paper. The correct time is 6 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the Buford High School gymnasium.


  • Time to turn tassles Friday

    Reece Murphy
    Though it seems as if the school year just began, the reality is it’s all but done, a fact definitely not missed by the county’s 866 graduating seniors.
    This Friday, May 18, seniors district-wide will take part in staggered commencement ceremonies signifying the last act in their elementary, middle and secondary school careers – and a fitting start to their futures.

  • Second company looking for gold

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Can it now be called a gold rush?
    Well, not exactly, though curiosity about the resource in southern Lancaster County continues to grow.
    Strongbow Exploration Inc., a company based in the Canadian city of Vancouver, is the second group in recent years to perform exploratory drilling for gold near the town of Kershaw.

  • IL’s Shaqueena Biggers is bigger than Asperger’s syndrome

    – Editor’s note: In the next two issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2012.
    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School senior Shaqueena Biggers looks uncomfortable about meeting a stranger and clutches her black patent leather purse like a security blanket.