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  • Absentee GOP primary voting open through Jan. 20

    Absentee voting is open for the S.C. Republican Primary through Jan. 20.
    To vote absentee, you may visit the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office to cast your ballot in person or contact the office to request an an application for an absentee ballot.
    The office is in Room 158 of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    To request an absentee ballot application, call (803) 285-2969; fax your request to (803) 416-9364 or e-mail it to mahudson@lancastercountysc.net.

  • Local area out of drought

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced Friday the Catawba-Wateree Basin is starting the new year with an improved drought condition.
    The 4,750-square-mile basin has improved to Stage 0 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP), compared to Stage 1 during the fall of 2011. Local water suppliers will provide additional guidance on actions for their jurisdictions as appropriate.

  • County deputy arrested for burglary

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster County sheriff's deputy found himself on the other side of the law this week after he was arrested on burglary charges Thursday.
    The sheriff's office began investigating the case after deputies were called to an unfinished home in the 10000 block of Lakeshore Drive about a theft of construction materials, according to a sheriff's office press release.

  • Kershaw mill is now history

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Large pieces of history are now in scrap form at the site that once served as Springs Industries’ Kershaw plant.
    For decades, residents in the southern end of Lancaster County turned to the textile mill for jobs, thus providing opportunities for their families and frankly a way of life for the community.
    But the building that once employed more than 1,000 people is being torn down. Soon, hardly any traces of the site will remain.

  • Norrell to vie for House 44

    Improving economic prospects for Lancaster County residents is just one of the reasons Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell announced her decision to run for the S.C. House District 44 seat this week.
    Norrell, 38, made the announcement Wednesday on her Facebook page.
    “Friends, I have decided to run for S.C. House District 44. I’m sure this is not a surprise. I loved your encouraging comments,” she said in the Facebook post.

  • County Farmer’s Market gets a makeover

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A fresh coat of paint can liven up a building, so just think what an building-wide mural can do.
    With scenes of green fields, apple trees, tractors and colorful vegetables, the county’s newly spruced-up Farmers Market at 1920 Pageland Highway is attracting attention. And that’s the point, said Julie Walters, who represents the county’s second district on the Farmers Market Commission.

  • Plans continue for Brook Drive

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster City Council has subscribed to the latest infrastructure plans on Brook Drive. However, its decision didn’t come before much debate about other city roads that need attention.
    At their first meeting of the year, City Council members heard a presentation from Brian Tripp of W.K. Dickson – the engineering firm overseeing plans to build a new sewer line and widen the road on Brook Drive.

  • Man sentenced on drug charges

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster County man pleaded guilty to several drug charges Monday, the same day his case was scheduled to go to trial.
    James Blake Rivers, 22, was arrested July 21, 2011, and charged with several drug offenses after a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office drug surveillance operation.

  • Great Falls police chief attacked by dog during arrest

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    As a law enforcement officer, Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice is aware of the dangers he faces every day.
    He is trained to keep a watchful eye and look for the unexpected.
    And the unexpected is just what happened last Thursday afternoon. Rice was attacked by a Pit Bull.

  • Three men arrested in home invasion

    A group of men were arrested this week after they allegedly broke into a Lancaster home, demanded money and attacked a baby.
    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in 200 block of Clearwater Drive on Jan. 8 about a home invasion, according to a sheriff's office press release. After speaking with residents of the home, deputies quickly learned that a burglary and attempted armed robbery had just occurred.
    The residents told deputies they were sleeping when a group of men armed with handguns and wearing masks broke into their home.