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  • Arson suspect had prior charges

    The 17-year-old charged in recent robberies and the arsons of two court buildings had a prior criminal record.

    Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, is facing 31 charges related to five armed robberies around downtown Lancaster since Aug. 21. He is also charged with setting the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and the 6th Circuit Solicitor's Office last month.

  • Mulvaney refuses money from Rich

    Republican candidate Mick Mulvaney wants to set the record straight.

    With Mulvaney running for the S.C. Senate seat for District 16, the spotlight is once again on his ties to New York City millionaire Howard Rich, a political activist who supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country. It was revealed two years ago that Mulvaney's campaign for the House had accepted over $7,000 from Rich, but Mulvaney vows he has since cut ties with the activist.

  • Men charged after home invasions

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion Saturday night on Shiloh Unity Road.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Emilio Brown, 20, of 3321 Daystar Road, and Samuel Wright, 19, of 1705 Tradesville Road, each with first-degree burglary.

    Tom Holland, sheriff's office spokesman, said Brown and Wright were among five men responsible for an 11 p.m. burglary in which gunshots were fired inside the home.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for the following men:

  • Haile mine raises expectations

    KERSHAW – Only months after a Canadian gold development company announced plans to explore new sites at the Haile Gold Mine near Kershaw, the firm says it has discovered double the amount of gold deposits than previously estimated.

  • Volunteer Regiment strives to give 100 percent

    KERSHAW – For the Andrew Jackson High Volunteer Regiment, performing well isn't good enough. Band director Scot McGuire wants his players to give 100 percent all of the time – even in rehearsal.

    Fresh off an exhibition on Saturday, marching band members feel good about the progress the band has made thus far this season but know there's still much room for improvement.

    McGuire will tell you it all starts with practice.

  • Shortages, high prices at pump linger in Hurricane Ike's wake

    Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ike hit Texas, Lancaster County motorists and station owners are still feeling the sting of gas prices near $4 a gallon.

    Brandi Bradley, store manager for the Texaco station on U.S. 521, said her station is only selling regular gasoline now, having run out of plus and premium grades last week. She expects a new shipment of gasoline soon, but worries she may even run out of regular before the shipment arrives.

  • Officer: 18-year-old shot in leg at local club

    A Lancaster man was reportedly shot in the leg Friday night at Sam's Place club on Old Landsford Road.

    The man, 18, told authorities different locations where the shooting occurred before saying it was at Sam's Place, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    The man was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for his injury. He's since been treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon said.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said the man was shot once.

  • Pelot challenges Gamble for District 6 board seat

    In his first time running for an elected seat, Robert Pelot is challenging Margaret Gamble for the District 6 Lancaster County school board seat.

    Pelot, 40, said if elected, there are several matters he would like to see the school board take under consideration.

    "I've been looking at bringing the government back to the people for years," he said. "It isn't for the people like it should be."

    A case in point, Pelot said, is the issue of taxes.

  • 17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    Jenny Hartley

    The news spread like wildfire Friday afternoon.

    After six weeks of both discouragement and hope, authorities made an arrest in the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    Their suspect, Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, was jailed the day before in connection with a string of five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area from Aug. 21 to Thursday.

  • Gainer strives to reach the children she teaches

    Step into Leslie Gainer's classroom – a world of modeling clay, building blocks and shaving cream.

    Those supplies may seem odd grouped together. But for Gainer, these items and more are used to reach students.

    Although working with shaving cream in the classroom can be quite messy, Gainer wouldn't want it any other way.

    Gainer, a special-education teacher at North Elementary School, is this year's Celebrate Great Teaching winner among beginning teachers in Lancaster County School District.