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  • Enoree woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

    An Enoree woman wanted for a slew of animal cruelty charges in Chester County was arrested by local deputies during a traffic stop last month. 

    Kayla Mashell Estes, 23, was arrested for seven counts of ill-treatment of animals/torture and one count of possession of a schedule IV narcotic, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database and several Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. 

  • Tornado watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 33 South Carolina counties including Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. today, June 10. A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.   

       

  • Learning to be better teachers

    School may have ended for Lancaster County students May 31, but now it’s the teachers’ turn.
    Teachers from across Lancaster County began attending classes June 3 as part of this year’s Professional Growth Institute, a professional development program offered by Lancaster County School District each summer.
    The workshops, some of which run through August, help teachers learn new teaching skills and strategies for the upcoming school year.

  • Man stabbed multiple times inside home

    Authorities are looking for a woman accused of stabbing a Lancaster man inside his home late last month.
    A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy came to The Forks store on Memorial Park Road shortly after 5:30 a.m. May 24 to speak with a man who had reportedly been stabbed in the chest moments earlier.
    The man, who lives on Westway Apartment Drive, gave the deputy the name of the woman he said assaulted him with a knife.
    The man said he and the woman “have not been in any intimate relationship and have never lived together.”

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  • Another ‘most wanted’ arrest

    One of Lancaster County’s “Most Wanted” was tracked down June 1 after he was arrested by Fort Lawn police officers during a traffic checkpoint.
    Justin Edward Ellis, 28, of Fort Lawn, was transferred to the Lancaster County Detention Center shortly after he was taken into custody by Fort Lawn police officers, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Fort Lawn officers noticed Ellis had several active outstanding warrants in Lancaster County and turned him over to a deputy at the Catawba Fish Camp, the report said.

  • Faile now a Republican

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has put aside the donkey in favor of an elephant.
    Faile, the county’s only elected law enforcement officer, said Friday, June 7, that he is no longer a Democrat and is joining the Republican Party.
    He made the announcement during a Lancaster County Republican Party luncheon at the Bradley Arts & Sciences Building multipurpose room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    Faile said he made the decision to switch parties within the last few weeks.

  • County to hold budget hearing

    Taxpayers will have a chance to weigh in on the upcoming county budget, and a series of potential tax increases, during a Monday, June 10, public hearing at Lancaster County Council’s meeting.
    Residents can voice concerns and ask questions during the public hearing on several proposed new fees in the draft budget. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

  • The Last Hurray

    Depending on the route you choose, it’s roughly 750 miles from Lancaster to Conesus Lake, N.Y.

    Sometimes, the cultural gap of the 11-plus hour drive is even greater.
    That was one of the first lessons Louis Smith, manager of Valvoline Express Care, learned when he relocated to South Carolina several years ago.
    Smith recalls the day he crossed paths with a lane of drivers who had pulled onto the shoulder of the road and just sat there for a line of traffic headed in the opposite direction.

  • City Council tweaks budget plan

    Trash pick-up in the city of Lancaster may look more like a robotics demonstration starting this summer.

    City staff have added $40,000 to the proposed 2013-14 budget to buy a “swing arm” that will attach to one of the solid waste pick-up trucks. The driver of the truck will operate the device, which will lift curbside trash cans, dump them into the truck’s trash bed and place the cans back in their place.