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  • Neal not running this term

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    After nearly 14 years representing Lancaster County and House District 44 in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal (D) said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012.
    Neal’s announcement came just two days after a Heath Springs business owner announced his intention to challenge Neal for the District 44 seat in this year’s general election.
    Neal, 69, said the decision to step down at the end of his seventh term in office was one he made months ago after careful consideration.

  • County Council to choose citizens committee

    Lancaster County Council will nominate a citizens committee to review a proposed firearms ordinance at its Monday meeting.
    Council will choose and appoint residents from Districts 1, 3 and 6 for a committee to discuss the creation of a negligent discharge of firearms ordinance.
    The proposed ordinance, which would place liability on a shooter if a round from a firearm leaves their property and causes damage or injury, was created in response to the shooting of a horse in the Panhandle last summer.

  • A school full of leaders

    With a mandate to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, modern education calls for more than simply teaching students the traditional “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic – especially when preparing them for the modern job market.
    With that in mind, Indian Land Elementary School, with help from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is considering a new leadership curriculum called “The Leader in Me.”

  • Democratic Party to hold meeting

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will hold its precinct reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the following locations:
    • Del Webb Library for those in Van Wyck, Belair, Belair II, Pleasant Valley and Pleasant Valley II
    • 212 Main St., for those in Antioch, Camp Creek, Chesterfield Avenue, Douglas, Dwight, Erwin Farm, Gooches Crossroads, Hyde Park, Jacksonham, Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Riverside, Springhill, Unity, Wylie Park

  • Legislators exempt themselves from Sunshine Law the created

    Reach Brundrett
    The Nerve
    When it comes to releasing public e-mails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games.
    In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes.

  • Man sentenced for possessing firearms

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
    Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • Lancaster man charged with grand larceny

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Police have nabbed the man they say stole brass pipe fittings and fixtures from city of Lancaster service trucks Monday.
    The Lancaster Police Department has charged John Elliot Montgomery, 40, 352 City Ave., with criminal trespass and grand larceny. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on bond, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
    The bond amount wasn't listed.

  • Miller waives bond hearing

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Chesterfield County man charged in the December murder of a Kershaw woman will not have a bond hearing.
    Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Wednesday that Nickolas Miller, 23, of Jefferson, remains at that county’s detention center after he waived his bond hearing earlier in the week.
    Miller is charged with the murder of Hope Melton, 30, who was beaten and left for dead Dec. 26. Her body was found that same day in a secluded area in the Mount Pisgah area of Kershaw County.

  • Coy to run for House 44 seat

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A Heath Springs businessman has announced his intentions to challenge incumbent S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal for the S.C. House District 44 seat representing Lancaster County.
    Joseph Coy, 41, a Republican, said Tuesday he’s thought about running for the seat for the past three or four years and decided this was the year to act.
    Neal, a Democrat from Kershaw, has represented House District 44 since 1999.

  • DUIs, no fatalities during New Year

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Despite warnings that law enforcement would be out in force during the New Year’s holiday, the S.C. Highway Patrol still made several drunk driving arrests in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    Otherwise, the weekend was a safety success, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Billy Elders said.
    Troopers made 10 DUI arrests over the New Year’s holiday weekend.