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  • School officials seek help with legislative support

    Lancaster County School officials urged audience members at this month’s school board meeting to ask their state representatives for help with two important issues facing the district.

    The appeal came Tuesday, Feb. 19, during a meeting with a packed house of family members gathered to celebrate recognition of this year’s Junior Scholars with Trustees Awards.

  • County’s famed ‘George Washington coin’ missing from Wofford

    A storied piece of Lancaster County’s history is missing at the Wofford College archives.

    The George Washington half dollar is a silver Spanish piece of eight (Spanish real) said to have been used by the first president to pay for breakfast at the historic Nathan Barr’s Tavern on the morning of May 27, 1791.

    The coin has been in the care of the Wofford archives since the early 1900s.

  • Thunder snow surprise

    Within seconds, a steady rain switched to blustery snow across Lancaster County on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, coating the area in slush and powder during the first real snowstorm of 2013.

    While a wintery mix fell early in the day, large snowflakes blanketed the county in white beginning after 5 p.m. and lasting through late evening.

  • Underage alcohol sting nets zero charges

    The results of a recent underage alcohol sting had Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard singing the praises of several local businesses.

    In a press release sent Monday afternoon, Howard lauded 15 Lancaster businesses for refusing to sell alcohol to an underage operative. The initiative, conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, was a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • Potter, Taxahaw road rehabs to include only sections

    A S.C. Department of Transportation official has clarified the scope of an upcoming road rehabilitation project on Potter and Taxahaw roads.

    In response to a request for more details on the project, SCDOT District 4 Administrator John McCarter said the rehabilitation will include only portions of the roads and not their entire length.

  • Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

    PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

    Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

  • Two face drug charges after police chase

    Two out-of-towners were arrested and jailed last week after leading Lancaster police on a car chase and then wrecking the vehicle they were riding in.

    Kenneth Eugene McMurray, 33, of Catawba, was charged Monday, Feb. 11, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

    Mandy Lynn Herring, 25, of Scranton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

  • Man reports assault, robbery on Camp Creek Road

    Detectives are still examining evidence and searching for suspects in the investigation of an alleged assault and robbery of a Lancaster man on Monday, Feb. 12.

    Two deputies responded at about 4:15 p.m. to the 5800 block of Camp Creek Road in reference to an assault call, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    At the scene, deputies spoke with a 26-year-old man who reported that three men, including two of his own cousins and a third unknown man, had jumped on him and stolen $500, the report said.

  • Teen assaulted by mob outside IL clubhouse

    A Charlotte teen was treated for several injuries after an alleged assault by a mob outside a Indian Land neighborhood clubhouse Feb. 10.

    Deputies spoke with the 17-year-old victim over the phone at about 1 a.m. as she was being treated for her injuries at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The teen told deputies she needed to file a report because she had been assaulted earlier that night outside the Black Horse Run Clubhouse, 9684 Black Horse Run Road.

  • Hospital lifts flu restrictions

    Springs Memorial Hospital

    Effective Friday, Feb. 15, Springs Memorial Hospital has lifted flu visitation restrictions.

    The hospital announced Nov. 30, 2012, it was implementing a temporary limited visitation policy due to the high number of flu cases in the area.

    That policy prohibited children under age 12 from visiting patient rooms and emergency room patients. Those with respiratory infection symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose or fever) were asked not to visit SMH until their conditions passed.