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  • Council to tap reserves to give employees a raise, fund agencies

    County Council still had a lot to discuss about its proposed $30.9 million budget Monday night.

    Council has held two special meetings to talk about budget issues over the past month.

    But Monday's discussion lasted a while, as some council members tried to figure out a way to give employees a 2.85 percent cost-of-living raise and help fund some agencies without raising taxes.

  • Law officers to be out in force over July 4 holiday

    Law enforcement is gearing up for July 4 and planning to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and speeding violations, especially in and around local summer hot spots, beaches and mountain areas.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety is preparing for motorists to begin travel on Thursday.

  • County receives recognition from America initiative

    Lancaster County received an important distinction Monday night after working more than a year to receive it.

    The Preserve America initiative, a federal program chaired by first lady Laura Bush, has designated more than 600 geographic areas since 2003 as places where residents give special attention to preserving their cultural and historical assets.

    Lancaster County is one of the newest Preserve America communities, and the award plaque was formally presented Monday at Lancaster County Council's meeting.

  • Listen to the 911 call Retired officer may lose eyesight

    The gunshots that were fired in Ray Knight's direction Friday night were a total surprise to him and shocked the 911 dispatcher he had been speaking with.

    Knight, a retired Lancaster police officer, was walking around his daughter's neighborhood on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the head.

    The suspected assailants – Charles Raffaldt, 23, and Stephanie Myers, 21 – had overturned a red Infiniti a few feet away, and Knight was going over to check on them and had just called 911 when he became a shooting victim, authorities said.

  • UW surpasses 2007-08 goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County had more than one reason to celebrate Thursday.

    The organization is celebrating its 50th year of operation this year, and it just finished another successful campaign.

    The 2007-08 campaign brought in $455,740 – $55,740, or 14 percent above the fundraising goal. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in Lancaster County.

    Twenty-two community organizations receive financial assistance from the local United Way.

  • Grammy-award winning singer to headline Liberty Hill event

    LIBERTY HILL – A local performer and a Grammy Award-winning recording artist will headline the third-annual Celebration of American Music in Liberty Hill.

    It's a three-day affair that runs Tuesday through Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m. each day.

    The free event, sponsored by Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, is billed as an inter-denominational, interracial and interfaith celebration of both sacred and secular music. It will be held at Windward Pointe Pavilion at Lake Wateree in Liberty Hill.

  • When her father collapsed, Hunter acted as his nurse

    Carol Hunter usually works weekends in her job as an emergency room nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But at the last minute, she decided to take the weekend of Father's Day off, so she could take her father, Darwin Steele, out to dinner.

    They went to JB's Barbecue in Heath Springs for Father's Day dinner. Steele fixed a plate for himself, and his wife, Frances, while Hunter fixed their teas.

    That's when Steele, 82, started to feel "right swimmy-headed," he said.

  • SLED investigates charge of misconduct in office

    The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating a Lancaster County employee.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he could say very little about the case. The employee no longer works for the county as of mid-June. The SLED investigation was initiated about that time.

    Willis would not say what department the employee worked for, only that the employee worked in the County Administration Building.

    Willis said he expected SLED to issue warrants in the case.

  • City cuts proposed tax increase in half

    Lancaster City Council gave final reading of its 2008-09 budget Tuesday night, and it includes half the tax increase that was initially proposed.

    Council voted unanimously to approve the $20.7 million budget, which represents a 3.5-mill tax increase instead of 7 mills. The budget, which takes effect July 1, reflects a 19 percent decrease over last year's budget.

    "You have a budget," announced Councilman John Howard, who serves as finance committee chairman, after Tuesday's vote.

  • LHS group receives state award for advocating sun safety

    Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime?

    A club at Lancaster High School was recognized last month for working to increase local awareness on skin cancer and on measures people can take to prevent it.