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  • Deputies arrest man in string of larcenies

    A Lancaster man wanted for the burglary of a car wash cash machine, as well as multiple other larcenies throughout the county, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    Corey Hayden Cook, 36, 1931 Great Falls Highway, was arrested on a host of charges following an investigation into larcenies that have happened in the Great Falls Highway area since August 2012, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Kershaw Town Council passes first reading of smoking ordinance

    KERSHAW – It appears Kershaw officials align with Lancaster County’s desire to restrict smoking in public places.

    On Feb. 21, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance to disallow smoking in all public-access places in the town limits.

    The vote was 6-0, as Councilman Michael Cook was absent from the Feb. 21 meeting.

    There was no discussion on the matter before the vote.

  • United for a common good

    Folks in Lancaster County needed some good news back in 1963, and just after 3 p.m. Dec. 1, they got it.

    Just like much of the nation, citizens here were mourning the loss of a president.

    Nine days earlier, John F. Kennedy had been killed in Dallas by an assassin's bullet.

    But for a short time that afternoon, there was plenty of promise in the air on the oft-neglected side of town when Leonard George handed a key to teenager John Reed.

  • 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.