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  • Council to discuss tax increase

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    County Council will vote Monday to increase taxes due to a “catastrophic event.”

    Council approved first reading of an ordinance to raise taxes to add .2 of a mill for University of South Carolina at Lancaster and the Kershaw campus of York Technical College at its last meeting.

    The ordinance also includes raising taxes beyond a 3.5 millage rate limitation due to a “catastrophic event” – the fire that heavily damaged the Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

  • Use old bank for town hall

    Recently, and, it appears, belatedly, the Kershaw Historical Society and other preservation-minded community members mounted an effort to convince municipal authorities to reconsider making the former Bank of Kershaw building into the new town hall.

    While we appreciate that two years of study and planning have gone into this project and that the mayor, town administrator and council members may have become tired of delays and are now eager for real construction to begin, we asked them to pause long enough to deliberate on what might be best for Kershaw.

  • Breaking News Hanna changes direction again

    Tropical Storm Hanna once again poses a minor threat to Lancaster County.Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said he's not predicting a catastrophic storm for the county, but urges residents to pay attention this af

  • Historical society seeks volunteers

    A historical society exists to help preserve the historical identity of a county, but is this its only function?

    In addition to restoring historical markers and preserving historical sites, these societies also work to unite the community through the use of cultural events, and by offering crucial links to the county’s history.

    The benefits which these historical societies often give frequently far exceed the community’s expectations.

  • Teen gets 11 years in 2006 shooting death

    WINNSBORO – A Lancaster man received 11 years in prison for a 2006 shooting death on Thursday.

    Michael Jerome Funderburk, 19, was sentenced by Judge J.C. Nicholson to voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge of murder, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Funderburk was charged with murder in the shooting death of Elandro Stradford, 19. Stradford was shot on a path behind the Lancaster Creamery on Memorial Park Road on Nov. 11, 2006.

  • Woman gives husband car she wins in contest

    The fresh cherry red paint drew extra attention to a car that already stood out in a crowd.

    When Glenda and Jeff Cauthen started up the new Toyota Prius for the first time, the engine was so quiet, they didn't realize it was running.

    Jeff Cauthen still can't believe the vehicle is his.

    The Cauthens, who live in the Antioch community, are the recipients of a 2008 four-door Prius Hybrid. Glenda Cauthen won the car in a nationwide sweepstakes sponsored by Fetzer Vineyards winery.

  • Mine for gems at annual festival in Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – The community of Van Wyck will be dishing out lots of Southern hospitality Saturday at the annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival.

    Olympic champion Shawn Crawford, a Van Wyck native and graduate of Indian Land High School, is expected to make a quick visit home sometime during the festival, said resident Betty Broome.

    Crawford, 30, won the silver medal in the 200-meter race in the Olympic Games in Beijing this year. He won two medals, including the gold medal in the 200-meter race, in the 2004 games.

  • 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.