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  • No school board elections this fall

    Lancaster County Council’s redistricting changes may not immediately affect the makeup of the Lancaster County school board as expected.

    Lancaster County Council’s once-a-decade redistricting plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in February.

  • Friends remember former high school educator and coach W.C. "Bill" (Pap) Lewis

    Much time can be spent talking about W.C. “Bill” (Pap) Lewis III’s long list of accomplishments as a high school educator and coach.

    Lewis led Lancaster’s Barr Street High School to a state championship in basketball in 1966 and Upper State championships in football in 1966 and 1969. Prior to that he coached teams in Columbia and Florence to state championships in the 1950s.

  • Woman dies in Indian Land fire

    INDIAN LAND – A 61-year-old woman died Saturday, July 14, in a fire at her Indian Land home.

    After more than two days of trying to confirm her identity, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford said he was able to positively identify the woman from her dental records Tuesday as Sandra Jeanette McDonald Mullis.

    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, neighbors called 911 about 7:24 a.m. to report a fire at Mullis’ home at 254 River Chase Lane. River Chase Lane is off River Road past Indian Land High School. 

  • Judge sentences former HOPE bookkeeper

    A Lancaster woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from HOPE in Lancaster was sentenced to prison in general sessions court Monday, July 16.

    Judge Paul Burch sentenced 31-year-old Christy Leeann Ellis, 3280 Camp Creek Road, to five years in prison, suspended to 22 months and five years probation for 67 counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, for using accounting software to generate fake checks, which were cashed at local convenience stores.

    Ellis was charged with a total of 73 counts.

  • Council OKs drug paraphernalia law

    A new county ordinance has given local authorities help in the war on drugs. 

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a new county drug paraphernalia ordinance, approved by Lancaster County Council, which is intended to crack down on drug use. 

    Created by Sheriff Barry Faile, along with county staff, the ordinance amends the county’s code to include clearer definitions on illegal items used for ingesting, smoking, administering or preparing illegal drugs. 

  • Man charged with two break-ins at Bantam Chef

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Kershaw man was arrested this week in connection with two burglaries at the same Kershaw eatery last month.
    James Junior Pierce, 42, 616 S. Hampton St., Kershaw, was arrested Tuesday, July 10, and charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Deputies charged Pierce with breaking into the Bantam Chef, 608 S. Hampton St. The restaurant isn’t very far from Pierce’s last known address.

  • A Second Chance at ‘fame’?

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The Vibrations have hit the local rock ‘n’ roll big time, again.
    Well, it depends on what your definition of the big time is.
    If you define it by sold-out shows and green-only M&Ms, well, maybe not.

  • Budget shortfall to delay hiring, pay raises

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Plans to increase salaries for county employees and hire several new personnel will be slightly delayed due to a reduction in local government funding allocated from the state.
    With the state General Assembly finally unveiling its 2012-13 budget earlier this month, Lancaster County Council got its first look July 9 at how much funding the county will receive in its Local Government Fund.

  • Six arrests in robbery/murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Six people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the  home invasion and murder of Lancaster resident Donald Morris in June.

  • Repaving project starts July 23

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Drivers who use Quality Drive in Lancaster Industrial Park as a shortcut between S.C. 9 Bypass and S.C. 200 may be better off driving the extra half mile starting next week.
    In fact, you may have already seen the signs.
    Beginning July 23, crews will begin an extensive reconstruction project on the .85-mile stretch of road expected to last until October.