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Local News

  • Deputies’ low pay keeping jobs open

    A lack of competitive salaries is holding down staffing levels at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and county officials are exploring ways to encourage employee recruitment and retention.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Dec. 4 he is facing a good news, bad news scenario when it comes to keeping his department fully staffed in the wake of the county’s rapidly growing population.

  • Woman charged with punching pregnant woman

    A Lancaster woman remains behind bars after being charged with punching a pregnant woman in the stomach during an assault last month.
    Gabriel Denise Hood, 38, 203 N. Hughes St., was arrested Nov. 18 on charges of unlawful entry and third-degree assault and battery, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Police responded at about 9:17 p.m. Nov. 18 to a home in the 600 block of Dunlap Street about a large fight in progress.

  • Memorial library needs a new roof

    The Kershaw Memorial Library on North Matson Street has some issues, said Kershaw Town Councilwoman Sonya Poole, and it’s time to do something about them.
    Roof leaks have caused widespread mildew and electrical problems in the building, and Poole said selling the property is not a feasible option.

  • Let’s set goals for Lancaster, manager says

    When he was hired last month as Lancaster city manager, Flip Hutfles said one of his first goals was setting goals, and he is seeking feedback from city council, city employees and the public to do that very thing.
    He sees a direct relationship between clear goals and the success of any organization, and that includes the day-to-day operation of municipal government.
    “I believe it helps us move in the right direction,” Hutfles said. “That way, I can stay on the same page.”

  • Presidential hopeful visits Sun City

    Sun City Carolina Lakes reaffirmed its reputation as a must-visit campaign stop for candidates touring South Carolina with an appearance Dec. 2 by Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson.
    Carson is the sixth Republican presidential candidate to appear at Indian Land’s active adult community this year.
    Sponsored by the Lancaster County Republican Party and the SCCL Republican Club, the town hall meeting drew about 250 residents on a gray and drizzling day for the first event at the community’s new activities center, The Lodge.

  • Details emerge in shooting

    A Lancaster man shot to death in his car late Nov. 28 may have been shot several times after his car struck an apartment on Douglas Road, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    The murder was the second murder in four days involving drivers of moving vehicles and the third significant shooting incident in and around Lancaster since Nov. 18.

  • Holiday events planned for city

    Though the once-annual, and much beloved, Santa Train will not be pulling out of the L&C Railway Depot this year, another celebration is hoping to fill the void.
    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, is hoping to get the word out about Lancaster’s newest holiday tradition, ‘Christmas in the City.’ The event, which will span several days between Dec. 1 and 12, will combine a slew of existing Christmas celebrations with a few new twists.

  • Catalano to serve as USC Union interim dean

    It seems the University of South Carolina college system is in Dr. John Catalano’s blood.
    After more than three decades of service to the University of South Carolina Lancaster, 11.5 years of which he spent as campus dean, Catalano will be filling a recently vacated seat as interim dean at the University of South Carolina Union.
    It’s been three years since Catalano, 60, stepped down as USCL’s dean to pursue a full-time career as an instructor of philosophy, logic and ethics for the campus.

  • Joe Shaw a selfless example of service to others

    The holiday weekend closed on a down note Sunday afternoon with the sad news of Mayor Joe Shaw’s death.
    I had no idea of Joe’s declining heath, and if you know him, you know he wouldn’t say much about his situation.
    He was always concerned about others. That’s what made him so special as a public servant and longtime family friend.
    No matter the situation, Joe went out of his way to do his part to make the most of the circumstance, or make it better.
    My early recollections of Joe go back to my high school days.

  • A passion for Lancaster, a heart for people

    Passionate, caring and adamant aptly describe the late Mayor Joe Shaw.
    He was passionate about his civic-minded responsibilities, whether serving on Lancaster City Council, presiding over the annual Christmas tree lighting, ribbon-cuttings or signing proclamations.
    He cared deeply about his constituents as he addressed their concerns, which ran the gamut – from trash pickup, water and sewer issues to crumbling streets.