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  • SLED helicopter spots pot

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    Whether it’s tucked behind a dog kennel, disguised in a garden or hidden in the woods, seasoned narcotics officers can spot illegal marijuana growing activity anywhere.

  • Man sentenced for tossing drugs, contraband over fence at KCI

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    After several hours of deliberation, a jury returned guilty verdicts on Wednesday, July 16, for a West Columbia man charged with tossing contraband over the fence of Kershaw Correctional Institution last year. 

  • Free pro se divorce clinic Wednesday

     Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    When legal troubles arise, hiring an attorney can be an expensive option that is out of reach for many. 

    That’s why S.C. Legal Services (SCLS) offers several community outreach programs that can enable people to handle certain legal problems on their own.

    SCLS will hold an hour-long free Pro Se Divorce Clinic at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Lancaster County Library, 313 South White St. 

  • State justices rule against making autopsy reports public

     Denyse Clark

    dclark@thelancasternews.com

    After the S.C. Supreme Court previously reversed a ruling allowing government councils to amend agendas during meetings now they’ve upheld a circuit court ruling stating autopsies are private records.

    On Wednesday, July 16, the court ruled 4-1 that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.

  • Council tackles LCEDC concerns

     Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

    In the wake of a churning sea of criticism by county officials against the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., several residents came to the LCEDC’s defense Monday night, July 14.

  • Commission works on new proposal

     Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission members are reworking a November general election ballot question to reauthorize the county’s 1 cent capital project sales tax to include more funding for county roads.

    The commission expects to finalize its new proposal Tuesday, July 22, in order to present it to County Council on July 28.

  • Loss of a faithful friend

     Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County’s Christian Services has been a community staple since 1981, when Helen Warren started it as a ministry of the Church of Lancaster. 

    The purpose of Christian Services was to match up donors with Lancaster County residents needing financial assistance, food, clothing and household items. 

  • Council tables capital sales tax list

    The window is closing fast for county officials to make a decision on the future of the county’s one-cent capital project sales tax. 

  • ‘Five Points’ of emphasis

    A massive realignment of the hard-to-navigate, blind-spot-plagued Five Points intersection should wrap up in the next two months with vastly improved lines of vision for motorists, the project’s construction engineer said.

  • Town hall roof contract gets Heath Springs Town Council nod

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town hall of the county’s smallest town is about to get a new roof.

    After a brief presentation on roof bids and warranties by Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms at its Tuesday, July 15 meeting, members of Heath Springs Town Council approved a roofing contract with Seamless Roofing, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.