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  • Education remains key to vibrant local ecomomy

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Education forms the basis of a fulfilled life and the ongoing success of a community.
    This was the main  message Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Annual State of Education Breakfast.
    The breakfast drew about 75 chamber members and local government and education leaders to the multi-purpose room inside the  University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • HOPE assists with hunger study

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    Midlands Family Study and Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina have joined with HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster to end childhood hunger in Lancaster County.
    In his 2008 campaign for the presidency, then Sen. Barack Obama announced plans for an initiative to end childhood hunger in the next three years.
    That plan became “End Child Hunger 2015” and works in part with the United Nations’ millennium campaign “End Poverty 2015.”

  • Masons honor Glenn Watts for service to state lodges

    From release
    One of Lancaster’s finest, Glenn R. Watts, was recently honored for a lifetime of exemplary and distinguished service to the Masonic Order of South Carolina.
    The award was presented on behalf of Wannamaker Masonic Lodge No. 329, Flat Rock Masonic Lodge No. 178, and the 24th Masonic District of South Carolina, along with other lodges throughout the Palmetto State.
    A Lancaster native, Watts is married to the former Peggy Rowell. He is a retired vice president of Kanawha Insurance Co. The Watts have two children and four grandchildren.

  • Woodle may be charged with multiple campaign violations

    S.C. News Exchange
    The State Ethics Commission found probable cause to charge Lamar Police Chief Charles Woodle with 33 counts of campaign finance violations following a three-month investigation. Woodle ran for Darlington County Sheriff in the June Democratic primary.
    The commission will convene a formal hearing into the matter at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Columbia. The hearing will be held in executive session unless Woodle requests an open hearing. A notice of hearing was served to Woodle on July 31.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives $18,000 grant

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A new law enforcement grant will help county deputies access records and criminal databases while in the field.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile announced Friday, Aug. 24, that his office has been awarded the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $18,291.

  • Wilson to resign

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The county’s Parks and Recreation director is leaving Lancaster for the Sunshine State, largely to be closer to family.
    Sherry Wilson, who’s worked for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation department since 2009, submitted her resignation Aug. 20. Her last day here is Sept. 7.
    She is moving to Jacksonville, Fla., where she’s been hired as a district manager for that city’s recreation department. She starts work there Sept. 17.

  • Kershaw considers dress code

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Officials in the town of Kershaw are bothered by what they see as inappropriate dress and they want to do something about it.
    During Town Council’s Aug. 20, meeting, Town Administrator Bryan Pettit explained an agenda item that mentioned a dress code. He spoke of seeing people walking around town shirtless and with pants hanging so low that their underwear was exposed.
    He believes it would be beneficial for council to consider a dress code ordinance.

  • City adjusts penalties for business licenses

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster is changing the way it administers penalties for those who are late paying their business-license fees.
    City Council voted unanimously during its Tuesday, Aug. 28, meeting to approve a modification to its penalty schedule for the fees. Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director, explained the recommended changes during Tuesday’s discussion.

  • Deputies identify battery theft suspect

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in the theft of used car batteries from Walmart in Indian Land and is asking for the public’s help in locating him.
    Detectives also are working to identify an accomplice in the crime.

  • Questions surround City Council race

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Over the past few weeks, questions have arisen regarding the residential and occupational standing of Jean Cureton, who’s running for the City Council District 4 seat against incumbent Tamara Green Garris.
    The Lancaster News has received phone calls and at least one letter from residents questioning the legitimacy of her business.