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  • Regulators to vote on Duke rate hike

    The Public Service Commission of South Carolina is scheduled to vote on Duke Energy’s request for a rate increase in coming weeks – a request now less than half the amount the company originally asked for.
    In August, Duke Energy asked the commission for a rate increase of 15.2 percent, which included an average 17 percent increase for residential customers, 13 percent for industrial customers and 11 percent for commercial customers.
    The commission, which must approve increases for the utility, held a public hearing on the matter in Lancaster in November.

  • MLK scholarship breakfast set for Monday

    For many, Monday isn’t viewed as a day off, but rather a time to come together and work toward making our communities stronger.
    With that in mind, Faith Hope & Victory Christian Church is once again hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship breakfast.
    The 11th annual event is 8 a.m. Monday at Covenant Baptist Church, 165, Craig Manor Road, Lancaster.

  • Final phase of Streetscape set

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The final phase of Lancaster’s Main Street streetscape beautification series will end at the city limits, as opposed to Great Falls Highway, which had been proposed.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday on the bounds of the work, which will go from the Emmons Street intersection south to the city limits. The work is projected to cost about $918,000, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.

  • Would-be chicken thief behind bars

     A Lancaster County man who got caught trying to steal meat from a grocery store is now in jail after fighting with store employees.
    Lewis Rodrigues Stevenson, 34, 121-D College St., Heath Springs, was charged Jan. 8 with shoplifting, third offense or more, three counts of assault and battery and public disorderly conduct.

  • 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.  

  • Police ‘beating the bushes’ to solve Great Falls murder; no arrests made

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    Six weeks have passed since the murder of Alfreda Wertz Hinson.
    But no arrests have been made yet.
    Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith wants to see someone charged in the homicide.
    “We’re still trying to gather information,” Smith said. “We’re out there beating the bushes. We are not going to give up.”

  • 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.