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  • 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.

  • Sheriff’s office gets Homeland Security grant

    County residents will soon be informed more quickly when certain emergencies happen.

    On Friday, Feb. 22, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has received a $23,500 grant from the state’s Office of Homeland Security.

    The money will pay for a new emergency notification system that allows local emergency officials to send reverse 911 calls to residents, according to a sheriff’s office media release.

  • County Council to discuss peddlers, poker machines

    Peddlers, pawnbrokers and poker machines will all be up for discussion as Lancaster County Council considers a trio of different ordinances at its meeting Monday, Feb. 25.

    As part of its agenda, council will vote on final reading of an ordinance to revise the county’s code, allowing council to set license fees for people classified as peddlers and hawkers. If approved, council would then have the power to establish a fee as part of its fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

  • Grant seeks to address teen dating violence issues

    Valentine’s Day may be a day dedicated to love, but Lancaster County School District dedicated the entire month of February to a much more serious subject – teen dating violence.

    Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is a project of the school district’s federal STEP Grant, a month-long effort made official with local proclamations by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster County Council and statewide by Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Sludge permit up for consideration

    The word “sludge” may evoke many images, from broken pipes to soupy sewer drains, though the image of a field covered in the stuff may not immediately come to mind.

    But that’s exactly the aim of a permit up for reissuing, which would allow the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department to continue applying treated wastewater sludge to farm properties in Lancaster, York, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • USCL cooks up another cook-off success

    There was plenty of belt-loosenin’, good eatin’ going on at University of South Carolina Lancaster on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    Try this on for size: barbecue riblets, hog jowls, shrimp and grits, collard greens, shredded cabbage and homemade macaroni and cheese. If that’s not enough to fill you up, then add Cajun salmon, corn bread, peach cobbler, cheesecake, fudge brownies and cinnamon roll stickies to the list.

    If any of those rib-stickin’ dishes make your mouth water, you should have been there.

  • Gregory co-sponsors gun bill

    COLUMBIA – Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) is among the trio of state legislators taking aim at a measure that requires South Carolina to comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database to ensure proper background checks on the mentally ill before they can buy guns.

    Gregory, along with sens. John Courson (R-20) and Chip Campsen (R-43), filed S.413 on Wednesday, Feb. 20.   

    The bill would require judges to submit to SLED the names of people adjudicated to be mentally ill and unsafe to own a gun.

  • Heath Springs to adopt new computer system

    HEATH SPRINGS  – It appears the town of Heath Springs is adopting a simpler and more efficient method of keeping its court records.

    Johnny Steele, the town’s judge, spoke at Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, to further explain his request for a computer program called LawTrack. It’s provided by the company Nicholson Business Systems of Florence.