• On the campaign trail

    Christopher Sardelli
    Balancing the budget and limiting the federal government’s involvement in state issues were just some of the priorities on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mind as he spoke to Lancaster County residents Tuesday afternoon about his presidential aspirations.

  • Pros, cons to NCLB flexibility waiver

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County educators say they like some aspects of the S.C. Department of Education’s proposal requesting flexibility for certain provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but have plenty of mixed feelings about it as well.
    The standards-based NCLB is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001, with the goal of having all students in the country achieve grade-level passing performance in English and math by 2014.

  • Sheila Jones Roberts, 68

    Sheila Jones Roberts, 68

  • Man fatally injured in Harrisburg Road accident

    A Charlotte man died Sunday night from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Indian Land.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Harrisburg road approximately 2 miles south of the state line at Pineville.
    Edgeworth said the accident happened when William Justin Rigsbee, 28, of the 3000 block of Sterling Court, Indian Land, driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck south on Harrisburg Road, ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, which caused the pickup to overturn.

  • Man sentenced for possession of a firearm

    A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
    Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced McManus to 27 months in jail, followed by two years of supervised release and $200 in special assessments.

  • Deja vu tragedy

    Jesef Williams
     When Jimmy Brown heard about the abduction and murder of Hope Melton last month, he was immediately taken back to April 1980.
    More than 30 years ago, Brown, then a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy, was an integral part of the investigation into the kidnapping, rape and killing of 18-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Eudy.

  • Neal not running this term

    Reece Murphy
    After nearly 14 years representing Lancaster County and House District 44 in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal (D) said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012.
    Neal’s announcement came just two days after a Heath Springs business owner announced his intention to challenge Neal for the District 44 seat in this year’s general election.
    Neal, 69, said the decision to step down at the end of his seventh term in office was one he made months ago after careful consideration.

  • County Council to choose citizens committee

    Lancaster County Council will nominate a citizens committee to review a proposed firearms ordinance at its Monday meeting.
    Council will choose and appoint residents from Districts 1, 3 and 6 for a committee to discuss the creation of a negligent discharge of firearms ordinance.
    The proposed ordinance, which would place liability on a shooter if a round from a firearm leaves their property and causes damage or injury, was created in response to the shooting of a horse in the Panhandle last summer.

  • A school full of leaders

    With a mandate to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, modern education calls for more than simply teaching students the traditional “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic – especially when preparing them for the modern job market.
    With that in mind, Indian Land Elementary School, with help from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is considering a new leadership curriculum called “The Leader in Me.”

  • Democratic Party to hold meeting

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will hold its precinct reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the following locations:
    • Del Webb Library for those in Van Wyck, Belair, Belair II, Pleasant Valley and Pleasant Valley II
    • 212 Main St., for those in Antioch, Camp Creek, Chesterfield Avenue, Douglas, Dwight, Erwin Farm, Gooches Crossroads, Hyde Park, Jacksonham, Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Riverside, Springhill, Unity, Wylie Park