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  • Heath Springs council adopts new pay ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – No show. No pay.

    That’s the new expectation in Heath Springs as a new ordinance comes on the books regarding meeting attendance.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Town Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting.

    All five council members attended Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Springs Memorial earns national recognition

    For two consecutive years, Springs Memorial Hospital has received a coveted national recognition.

    The Lancaster hospital was named one of the United States’ top performers of key quality measures by The Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of health-care organizations in America.

    SMH is one of 620 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction in performance benchmarks, according to a media release issued Wednesday, Sept. 19.

  • State treasurer’s forum teaches financial fraud prevention

    S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis visited Sun City Carolina Lakes on Monday, Sept. 17, as part of his financial literacy tour aimed at teaching residents ways to protect themselves from identity theft and financial fraud.

    The Carolina Lakes stop of the Safe, Smart and Secure tour was the first of four statewide stops for the event sponsored by Loftis, MasterCard and the AARP.

  • Pineville police assist deputies in traffic stop

    What began as a routine traffic stop in Pineville, N.C., earlier this month ended with a Charlotte man jailed here on drug charges.

    Colin David Graham, 29, of Charlotte, was charged Sept. 9 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunk, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    Graham was arrested shortly after a traffic stop by a Pineville police officer in the 1000 block of Harrisburg Road for failure to maintain his lane of travel. 

  • Man arrested for threatening woman with knife

    After a brief scuffle with officers, a Lancaster man was arrested on charges of threatening a woman with a steak knife.

    Michael Calvertis Chavis Sr., 50, of 110 S. Hughes St., was arrested Sept. 9 and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Police responded to a home on South Hughes Street shortly before 11 p.m. about a report of a man threatening people with a knife, the report said. 

  • Business After Hours is Thursday

    Lancaster County                   Chamber of Commerce
    The  Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s next Business After Hours is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at The Eye and Laser Center, 1240 Colonial Commons, Lancaster.
    Business After Hours is a get-acquainted reception, mixing business and

  • Shooting suspect out on bond

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The name of Andrual Rashan Ross may sound familiar to both law enforcement and residents, as he also made headlines during a drug raid last year.
    Ross, who is wanted in connection with the shooting of a man outside Waffle House last weekend, was one of seven people arrested during the search of an Usher Road home in October 2011.

  • Sheriff’s office gets $8K grant from SLED

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will use state grant money to expand emergency communications across county lines.
    On Sept. 10, the sheriff’s office received an $8,100 grant from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s Office of Homeland Security to fund a “communications interoperability project,” according to a media release issued Monday.

  • Kershaw Town Hall in need of PC upgrades

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – When it comes to computer software, Bryan Pettit says Kershaw Town Hall lags behind.
    Pettit, the town administrator, spoke to Town Council during its Monday, Sept. 17, meeting about computer battles Town Hall employees fight daily.

  • Heavy rains flood, damage county roads

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The two Lancaster Fire Department rafts parked on a trailer at the Lancaster County Emergency Management office on White Street on Monday, Sept. 17, were not there for a late afternoon fishing trip. They were there just in case.
    While city firefighters used the center for a refresher course on aerial operations, LFD Chief Chuck Small was watching the weather radar.