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  • County’s famed ‘George Washington coin’ missing from Wofford

    A storied piece of Lancaster County’s history is missing at the Wofford College archives.

    The George Washington half dollar is a silver Spanish piece of eight (Spanish real) said to have been used by the first president to pay for breakfast at the historic Nathan Barr’s Tavern on the morning of May 27, 1791.

    The coin has been in the care of the Wofford archives since the early 1900s.

  • Thunder snow surprise

    Within seconds, a steady rain switched to blustery snow across Lancaster County on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, coating the area in slush and powder during the first real snowstorm of 2013.

    While a wintery mix fell early in the day, large snowflakes blanketed the county in white beginning after 5 p.m. and lasting through late evening.

  • Underage alcohol sting nets zero charges

    The results of a recent underage alcohol sting had Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard singing the praises of several local businesses.

    In a press release sent Monday afternoon, Howard lauded 15 Lancaster businesses for refusing to sell alcohol to an underage operative. The initiative, conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, was a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • Potter, Taxahaw road rehabs to include only sections

    A S.C. Department of Transportation official has clarified the scope of an upcoming road rehabilitation project on Potter and Taxahaw roads.

    In response to a request for more details on the project, SCDOT District 4 Administrator John McCarter said the rehabilitation will include only portions of the roads and not their entire length.

  • Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

    PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

    Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

  • Night deer hunters sentenced

    A trio of University of South Carolina Lancaster students received suspended sentences and fines in General Sessions Court on Monday, Feb. 11, two months after their arrests in an illegal night deer hunting case.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced Monday on the charge of illegal night deer hunting, first offense.

    “We negotiated a sentence for them and each of them got the same sentence,” Barfield said.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Nine local groups will benefit from the latest round of hospitality tax grants from the city of Lancaster.

    City Council unanimously approved the recommendation on how to divvy up $50,000 during its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 12.

    The city received 14 applications for the 2012-13 hospitality tax grant cycle. Last week, its special Support Services committee recommended funding nine of those requests. Five projects were denied.

  • Council votes to reopen McGill convenience site

    When Ken Faulkenberry takes a walk through the woods, the last things he wants to see are piles of garbage bags, cast-off refrigerators or mounds of worn tires.

    But as county officials consider reducing the number of convenience sites throughout the county, those are exactly the types of items Faulkenberry predicts will soon pop up along county roadsides.

    Speaking at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, he urged council members to use caution as they move forward.

  • Discovery School students learn about Japanese culture

    Discovery School students are discovering the food, arts and traditions of Japan, thanks to the help of the school’s new intern, Ayumi Kanazaw.

    Kanazaw, 21, a third-year international relations major at Nihon University, is the latest Japanese student to take part in a long-running internship program between the university and Discovery School.

  • Chesterfield Courthouse shooting suspect arrested near Pageland after police chase

    CHESTERFIELD – Two people were taken to a regional hospital and one man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot them outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse parking lot.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department reported Curtis Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, allegedly shot 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan, from a pickup truck, then sped away. Weaver and Nolan were taken to a Florence County hospital with wounds described as non-lifethreatening.