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  • Jury finds man guilty of murdering Chester councilman

    Brian Garner/Landmark News Services

    WINNSBORO – The jury in the Christopher Moore murder re-trial deliberated less than two hours Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield County Courthouse before finding him guilty of the Nov. 4, 2014, murder of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

  • Pageland man charged with kidnapping ex-wife

    A Heath Springs woman’s plea for help at a convenience store in Pageland led to her ex-boyfriend’s arrest June 26 for kidnapping. 

    Jeremy Lamar Lowery, 28, of Pageland was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Lowery’s ex-girlfriend walked into a store in Pageland about 1:19 the night of the incident and asked for help.

  • Fires destroy homes in Indian Land, Elgin

    Fires destroyed two homes in two days this week, one a suspicious fire in Indian Land, the other a fire at a small home in the Elgin community with nobody home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the fire in Indian Land occurred Tuesday about 7:44 a.m. at a double-wide mobile home at 10829 Rise Lane.

  • Tension eases over county animal shelter

    More than 40 animal advocates in purple T-shirts attended Monday night’s county council meeting, and six spoke during the citizens’ comments portion.
    Making their fourth appearance in council’s chambers in the past six weeks, they expressed their frustration about the troubled county animal shelter and renewed their offer to help.
    The animal lovers made refreshingly different requests than are typically heard during the citizens’ comments to council. Most people stand before council asking that something be done for them.

  • Matson water line work finishes ahead of deadline

    KERSHAW – Water line replacement along two blocks of North Matson Street wrapped up last Thursday, finishing in a little more than half the anticipated construction time.
    The project, which started April 25, was originally expected to take up to 120 days, but was completed in 67. Workers finished cleaning up last week.
    “It was way ahead of schedule, and things moved pretty smoothly,” said Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • S.C. 160 widening project delayed again

    The project to widen Indian Land’s S.C. 160, already more than a year and a half behind schedule, has been delayed again, with bidding set for November and construction expected to begin early next year, a S.C. Department of Transportation official said.
    In the meantime, SCDOT has set a tentative schedule for improvements at Indian Land’s most congested intersection, U.S. 521 and Marvin Road.
    S.C. 160 widening delayed

  • Chamber chair: delay hospitality tax rollout

    Kristen Blanchard, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce chair, asked county council Monday night to hold off on enacting the hospitality tax until it has a plan for how the money would be spent.
    Blanchard, who is also the vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax Laboratories, brought the chamber’s concerns to county council during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting.

  • City tax bills dip in new budget

    Tax bills for property owners in the city of Lancaster are going down for fiscal 2016-17.
    After a public hearing and work session held last week, Tuesday night council unanimously approved second reading of the $33.5 million budget.
    The budget raises the property tax millage rate to 176.4 from 164.4 in the previous budget. The millage increase would result in a $48 increase on a home in the city limits valued at $100,000.

  • County OKs $49M budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the third reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night after a minor tweak.
    That adjustment was an increase in expenditures of $28,823, a plus for employees in the solicitor’s, public defender's and soil and water conservation district office who will receive 3% raises, equal to those previously approved for state employees.

  • Charles Marshall, educator, dies at 83

    Dr. Charles Marshall, who spent his career educating Lancaster’s children and retired as superintendent of the Lancaster Area Schools in 1985, died Thursday morning. He was 83.
    “He was an icon in the school system in Lancaster when I was there,” said retired teacher Charlotte Shaw. “He was a very positive man.”