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  • Toal: Security is not an option for courts

    The state's top judge characterizes the burning of the Lancaster County Courthouse as a "criminal invasion" and "lawlessness."

    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal met with Lancaster County officials Thursday to review security measures at county government buildings in the wake of two fires set by an arsonist at the historic courthouse and the nearby 6th Circuit Solicitor's office last month.

  • Pelham makes second bid for school board seat

    The race is on for the Lancaster County school board District 4 seat, as the Rev. AnThony Pelham places a second bid on the spot held for two terms by University of South Carolina at Lancaster professor Peter Barry.

    Pelham, 39, has been pastoring at Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church for nine years. He said a desire to see the school system improve is what has motivated him to run for the seat a second time.

  • Barry faces opposition as he seeks third school board term

    District 4 incumbent Peter Barry is facing some opposition in this year's election for his seat on the Lancaster County school board.

    Barry, 67, who has served two terms on the board, is being challenged by AnThony Pelham. Barry's focus, though, is on what he hopes to help the school board accomplish during the next term if re-elected.

  • Breaking News Local teen dies in I-77 pileup

    Details are limited regarding an accident on Interstate 77 that claimed the life of a Lancaster County teen Monday.

    Jorge Lopez, 17, died on the scene following a five-vehicle wreck about 9:30 p.m. in Rock Hill, said York County interim Coroner Sabrina Gast.

    The accident happened at the 82.5-mile marker on the northbound side of I-77, according to Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol. He didn't say what vehicles were involved or what caused the wreck.

  • Garris Jewelers relocates store

    Garris Jewelers, a true example of a hometown business, has moved to a new location in Lancaster Square.

    Now at 965 N. Main St., Garris Jewelers occupies the space that formerly housed Friedman's Jewelers.

    Jerry Garris, former owner of the business and now a consultant since retiring in 2005, said the decision to move was based on location, traffic and the way public trends have changed.

    "We want to be as convenient and accessible as possible to our customers," he said. "This location in Lancaster Square is a more-trafficked area now than where we were before."

  • Hanna not expected to bring much rain to Lancaster County

    The track for Tropical Storm Hanna has moved east, and Lancaster County should see little rain or wind from the storm.

    An earlier track showed the storm moving right over Lancaster County about 2 a.m. Saturday.

    The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch at 5 a.m. Thursday for areas just north of Edisto Beach, stretching 250 miles northeast to Surf City, N.C.

    A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.

  • Authors to appear at book signing

    Three New York-based authors will appear in Lancaster for a book signing Friday.

    Deborah Cardona, L. Miller and Carmen Noboa-Espinal will be at Chastain's Studio Lofts, 109. S. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Cardona, a native of Spanish Harlem, is the owner and CEO of Deja Vu Publications in New York. Her three novels are "A Better Touch," "Two Fold" and "Chained."

    Drawing from past experience, Cardona tells readers what it means to be poor, proud and generous, and how it felt to be ashamed to dream.

  • Homeless shelters may open by January

    Some families in Lancaster County walk around Wal-Mart all night because they have nowhere else to go. Given there are no homeless shelters here, strolling around a 24-hour supercenter may beat sleeping in your car.

    David Pace of First Baptist Church said he knows some people in the county who do this regularly. His church and 12 others are working diligently to change that.

  • Breaking News Deputy uses Taser on IL student after assault on officer

    INDIAN LAND – The principal of Indian Land High School and the school's resource officer were assaulted and a 16-year-old student was hit by a Taser after a conference with the student's mother turned physical on Tuesday, authorities said.

    The 16-year-old student, whose name is not being released because of his age, has been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with assault and battery on a police officer and disturbing schools.

  • County required to maintain Sun City roads

    County maintenance crews will eventually be seen patching streets in Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    There has been recent debate over what roads Lancaster County will accept for maintenance. County officials say the county has little money for road maintenance.

    County Administrator Steve Willis initially said the county would likely not accept Sun City Carolina Lakes' roads. He said the guard shack at the entrance to the community would have to be torn down, since the county doesn't accept roads in gated communities.