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  • Lancaster man dies in Allvac accident

    An employee involved in an industrial site accident at the Allvac Rolling Plant in Richburg died Tuesday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Shawn Merritt, 33, of 2554 Country Club Drive, Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:33 p.m.  

    The official cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to oxygen depletion, Tinker said. 

    The accident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

  • County Council lifts zoning moratorium in Indian Land

    After two years of debate and a multitude of ordinances, prospective businesses received the green light this week to apply for commercial property rezonings in the Panhandle. 

    Lancaster County Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Monday, June 25, to remove a rezoning moratorium in Indian Land. 

    Councilmen Larry McCullough and Jack Estridge dissented, while Councilwomen Kathy Sistare and Charlene McGriff were not present. 

  • Tax increase to fund school district’s capital budget

    Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Tuesday, June 26, which totals $91.1 million.

    The debt services budget includes a 3.5 mill tax increase for county property owners, while the general fund budget’s millage remains the same.

    Also during the meeting, school board members named Andrew Jackson Middle School Principal Butch Dutton to replace Jonathan Phipps as principal at Buford High School.

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  • Man with knife arrested on several charges

    Deputies arrested a man on a host of charges after he was found inside a woman’s Heath Springs’ home on Saturday, June 23,  holding a large knife.

    Ashley Demarra Dunlap, 29, was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, first-degree burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came about 30 minutes after a deputy spoke with a woman about a potential burglary in her home.

  • Carolina Community Actions offers assistance with cooling bills

    Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA, Inc.) has money available to assist low-income families with a variety of services including cooling bills, water, air conditioners, fans, mortgage and rent.

    CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, General Education Degree, child care and youth leadership programs. 

    Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

  • Sheriff presents three deputies, officer with Lifesaving Awards

    It was a phone call Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile never wanted to receive and hopes he never hears again. 

    Standing in front of Lancaster County Council earlier this month with a stack of awards by his side, Faile recounted the news he received on Nov. 17, 2011, that one of his deputies had been wounded in the line of duty. 

    The deputy, Sgt. Brandon Rollins, was shot when he and three of his fellow drug task force officers confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant on Memorial Park Road.

  • Arts and sciences camps begin July 9

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is still accepting registrations for its annual Arts and Sciences Camp, the first of which begins July 9 at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster.

    The camp, which is held at several different locations throughout the county, is designed to spark elementary-age children's imagination and creativity.

  • Council passes $35M budget

    Moments after agreeing on details about a county employee pay raise, Lancaster County Council unanimously passed final reading of the county’s 2012-13 fiscal budget during a special meeting on Friday, June 22.

    Once again, there were no public comments as council members put the finishing touches on the budget. The new budget year runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. 

  • Resolute products shutting down production line

    A drop in demand for certain types of paper has forced a local company to shut down one of its production lines. 

    The Catawba plant of Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater, announced last week it will be shutting down its No. 1 machine, forcing the layoffs of several employees. 

    Resolute spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said employees will begin preparing the machine for shut-down beginning Saturday, June 30, with layoffs beginning Monday, July 2. 

  • Finally Friday concerts start up

    The sounds of bluegrass, soul and rock will greet you as you make your way to downtown Lancaster on select evenings this summer.

    The city of Lancaster is preparing to launch the second year of its Finally Friday summer series. The events, held on the last Friday of the month, will feature live music along with a variety of food and arts and crafts.

    The events, to run each time from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place at the intersection of Main and Gay streets in Lancaster. They are free of charge and open to the public.