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  • Deputies investigate suspicious car fire

    Dense white smoke billowed from a burning car parked along Brooklyn Avenue earlier this month, in what deputies are investigating as a possible arson.

    Members of Gooches Crossroads and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments, as well several sheriff’s deputies, responded to a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue just before 3 p.m. Feb. 16, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Dean search at USCL down to three

    The University of South Carolina has announced three finalists in its search for a permanent dean to lead USC Lancaster.

    The announcement is a significant development in a search that began late last year to replace former USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano.

    Catalano stepped down Jan. 1 after 11 years at the helm of the university.

    Among the names on the short list are two current USCL officials: Dr. Maxie Myron “Ron” Cox Jr. and  Dr. Walter P. Collins III.

  • Tweet gets student in hot water

    A threatening comment on a popular social networking site led to a surprise meeting with the Secret Service for an Indian Land High School student earlier this month. 

    The meeting came soon after ILHS Principal David Shamble notified one of his school resource officers about the comment Feb. 12, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • March 5 job fair targets military veterans

    Resumes, job applications and interview etiquette are being emphasized as military veterans prepare for a major job fair next week. 

    Lancaster City Hall has been the location for readiness workshops led by Michael O’Donnell of SC Works – the state’s job-preparation network. It's part of the Department of Employment and Workforce.

    Four workshop were held at City Hall between Feb. 12 and Feb. 21. One is set for today and the final one is Thursday, Feb. 28. 

    The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Leadership Lancaster learns about economic development

    Attracting major industry to Lancaster County is no simple task.

    Many players are involved and negotiations are often long and drawn-out. 

    On top of that, economic and demographic conditions have to be suitable before a company will even consider making your county their home.

    The local Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster group spent a full day recently hearing from officials who have a hand in making major industry deals happen.

  • County Council gives nod to cleanup at abandoned cemetery

    An abandoned Kershaw cemetery littered with years of brush and debris will receive a slight facelift thanks to a group of dedicated residents and some help from Lancaster County Council.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a proposed during council’s Feb. 11 meeting plan to help restore Belk Cemetery.

    Located just off Jason Street and north of the Kershaw town limits, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair, Willis said.

  • J. Marion Sims Foundation reports possible theft of $220k

    An investigation into missing funds from the J. Marion Sims Foundation has revealed a potential suspect in the possible theft of at least $220,000.

    Local authorities first learned of the missing funds when foundation director Jim Morton filed an incident report with Lancaster Police Department on Friday, Feb. 22. 

    Morton told officers there was evidence of employee theft from the organization estimated, at that point, to possibly be $220,000, according to report. 

  • Funds missing from J. Marion Sims Foundation

    While the details are sketchy at best, the J. Marion Sims Foundation issued a press release that some of its funds are missing.

    The theft, the release said, involves a former employee. It was discovered during the course of an annual independent audit.

    Although the release did not say how much money was stolen or when the theft occurred, the release said the amount was “not insignificant.” The former employee’s name has not been released.

  • Chester sheriff vows to keep deputy in Great Falls area

    GREAT FALLS – Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood is standing true to one of his campaign promises.

    He is keeping a deputy in the Great Falls area at all times.

    The area, Underwood said, includes communities surrounding Great Falls such as Youngstown and Georgetown.

    “We're giving 24-hour coverage to Great Falls,” Underwood said. “We've had an officer in the Great Falls area 24 hours a day since Day One.”

  • Kershaw to revamp bowling lanes

    KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials are hoping to bowl a strike with their most recent decision regarding Stevens Park.

    At its meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, council members voted 6-0 to spend $118,330 on new bowling lanes at the park’s recreation center.

    The money will come from the town’s reserve fund.

    Councilman Michael Cook was absent Thursday.

    Town officials have long discussed ways to increase patronage at Stevens Park. Talks usually touch on the bowling alley.