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  • A celebration for Chase

    Thursday evening will be all about Chase Gordon.

    That's when the 4-year-old is expected to be greeted by scores of well-wishers at the Lancaster Walmart and will leave will several gifts – all in an effort to show love and make him feel special.  

    The scene will be the latest episode of the Walmart Hearts program. The super center holds these functions across the nation to recognize children dealing with illnesses, handicaps or any other life-altering issues. 

  • SLED charges Kershaw inmate with murder

    A man who's been serving time at Kershaw Correctional Institution now faces a murder charge. 

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Robert “Bobby” Louis Vaida, 51, with murder in the death of Sandra Kinard. Her body was found on the side of a frontage road in Calhoun County on Feb. 13, 1996. 

    Authorities say Vaida assaulted Kinard in Lexington County, which led to her death. 

    SLED announced the murder charge Friday. 

  • Phone scam turns into death threat

    A Lancaster woman says she received a death threat after a phone scammer tried to get money from her. 

    The woman, a Clinton Avenue resident, told police she got a call Friday night from a man asking is she received a letter indicating she won $1 million, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The woman said she threw the letter away. The caller asked her to wire him $2,500 through Western Union, the report said. 

  • Deadline for NRCS assistance Aug. 1

    From Release

    The deadline to apply for priority assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for two of its farm bill programs is Aug. 1. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control.

  • Alcohol petition reaches its goal

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A petition for a referendum to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants is ready to move forward after receiving more than enough signatures to proceed.
    The petition, started by Indian Land resident Elissa Boyet last August, and supported by a group of like-minded county residents and business owners, had garnered 4,633 signatures as of last week.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint at Pardue Apartments

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in a reported armed robbery that sent a man to the hospital last week.  
    Police came to Springs Memorial Hospital about 5:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a call about a robbery victim who had been taken there.
    The victim, a Pageland man, told officers he met a female acquaintance at a gas station in Lancaster the evening before.

  • Tie vote kills budget amendment

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    First reading of an ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2011-12 county budget failed in a tie vote during Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting.
    The first reading of the ordinance would have started the process of setting several high-profile appropriations in a detailed budget and, potentially, about a 1-mill increase in taxes to pay for them.

  • 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.