• ‘100 Deadly Days’ operation in effect

    Christopher Sardelli
    Reducing speeds, buckling seat belts and curbing intoxicated drivers are the main goals of this year’s “100 Deadly Days of Summer” campaign.
    Motorists may have noticed an increase in traffic checkpoints and other safety initiatives along the state’s highways, as S.C. Highway Patrol troopers – along with local law enforcement – have begun the 100 Deadly Days campaign to cut down on accidents and ultimately save lives.

  • Kristin Hinson earns diploma through virtual charter school

    Reece Murphy
    While it may seem the 2012 graduation season ended several weeks ago, there was actually one more Lancaster County public school senior who had yet to graduate – Kristin Hinson.
    Hinson and her classmates walked the stage Friday, June 8, during the S.C. Connections Academy virtual charter school graduation ceremony in Columbia.
    Hinson, 17, was one of 147 graduating seniors in the online public school’s class of 2012.

  • Lancaster man sentenced to 20 years for drug convictions

    Christopher Sardelli
    COLUMBIA – Two years after he was arrested for selling cocaine following an undercover police operation, a Lancaster man was sentenced to 20 years in prison late last month.
    Montello M. Hood, 38, received a 20-year sentence in federal court in Columbia on May 31 on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

  • ILES EcoWarriors celebrate Earth Day

    Denise Trufan
    Indian Land Elementary School
    The EcoWarrriors of Indian Land Elementary School held its eighth annual Earth Day celebration after school April 30.
    Denise Trufan, the club’s mentor, won a Tree Award from the National Wildlife Federation.
    As part of the award, ILES sent six beautiful trees from Sugar Creek Nursery for the school’s outdoor learning center and two trees to give away.

  • Public forum looks for solutions

    Jesef Williams
     When somebody is murdered in Lancaster, who’s responsible?
    If a child repeatedly skips school and ultimately drops out, who’s to blame?
    Given that the answers aren’t cut and dry, community leaders recently assembled to talk about ways to find solutions to such problems, and to hear from residents on ways to prevent them in the first place.

  • Tuesday’s GOP primary may decide council seats

    Reece Murphy
    As a result of the S.C. Supreme Court’s controversial “Bloody Wednesday” ruling May 2 that removed primary candidates from ballots statewide, residents in only two areas of Lancaster County will be eligible to vote in the 2012 primary elections Tuesday, June 12.
    Both of this year’s local primary battles feature Republicans vying for County Council seats: Council District 3 comprising the northeastern portion of the county and the newly created District 7 at the tip of the Panhandle.

  • Need to clean your criminal record?

    Jesef Williams
    The ability to clean up a criminal record through expungement will be discussed Saturday, June 9, during a function of Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS).
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield will discuss the expungement process at the multi-purpose event, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Barr Street High School on East Meeting Street.

  • District 3, 7 Democrats can vote in Republican primary

    Reece Murphy
    In Lancaster County, the only races contested in the Tuesday, June 12, Republican Party primary are the District 3 and District 7 County Council seats.
    Voters who live in those two County Council districts will be the only ones casting ballots.
    Under state law, Democrats and voters of other political persuasions may still vote the Republican County Council ballot since there are no Democratic ballots.

  • Bob Bundy

    u Age: 54 (birth date: Aug. 3, 1957)
    u Family info: Wife: Fran Bundy
    u Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology from University of South Carolina; master’s degree in education from Southern Wesleyan University
    u Occupation: Instructor/lab manager University of South Carolina Lancaster
    u Political experience: Commissioner of Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District
    u Address: 5449 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
    u Phone: (803) 287-8693 (cell)
    u E-mail address: rbundy@comporium.net

  • Wayne Kersey

    u Age: 64 (birth date: June 28, 1947)
    u Family info: Wife: Faye Kersey; one daughter, Laura Beckham; two sons, the late Mike Kersey and Clayton Kersey; and five grandchildren
    u Education: Jefferson High School
    u Occupation: Small-business owner/auto mechanic
    u Political experience: Lancaster County Council, 2005-08
    u Address: 2169 Flat Creek Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
    u Phone: (803) 285-9711
    u E-mail address: waynekersey38@yahoo.com
    u Website: Facebook.com/pages/Kersey-For-Lancaster-County-Council-District 3