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  • Veteran educator picked as new KES principal

    KERSHAW – A veteran of the Lancaster County School District will become the new principal at Kershaw Elementary School.

    On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved the recommendation of Dr. Annette Melton, who’s been in the district for 27 years.

    Melton replaces Dr. Jennifer Etheridge, who’s leaving Kershaw Elementary to take a position at Winthrop University. Melton will assume the principalship July 1.

  • Two local women face arson charges

    Two Lancaster women were arrested on arson charges on Tuesday after one of the women’s boyfriend’s car was set on fire.

    Adrianna Regina Dawkins, 20, of 311 N. Catawba St., and Jessica Chavonne Portee, 21, of 603 Chesterfield Ave., have each been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with third-degree arson and malicious injury to property over $2,000.

    Capt. Harlean Howard said Dawkins confided in a family friend about the arson incident, and she came to the police department on Tuesday morning with the friend to talk to police about it.

  • Sweltering in the sun

    Quincy Peagler doesn’t need a thermometer to tell him how hot it’s been this week. He can judge the heat based on how many T-shirts he wears a day.

    “It’s not unusual to wear at least two shirts a day out here,” said Peagler, an electrician working on the county’s new courthouse construction on Wednesday. “Today was a two T-shirt day, but yesterday, that was definitely a three T-shirt day.”

  • Breakfast Rotary Club raises $25,420 for charities

    On April 22, the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club held its first live and silent auction and raised $25,420 to help support charities benefiting Lancaster County residents. The auction had winning bidders choosing charities to receive their contributions.

    Some of the charities receiving funds from Rotary Night include:

    • American Red Cross, Lancaster County Chapter

    • Christian Services

    • Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster

    • Family Promise of Lancaster

    • HOPE in Lancaster

  • 100 jobs cut in school district budget

    There will be about 100 fewer positions next year in Lancaster County School District.

    The reductions are part of the vast cuts included in the $66.8 million 2010-11 budget, which the school board unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt.

    The school district is receiving about $2 million less from the state for the next school year than what was initially budgeted for 2009-10. The district is also getting about $1 million less in federal stimulus money for 2010-11.

  • Collection of penny tax exceeds estimates in Chester County

    CHESTER – Work to renovate the Chester County jail is progressing and so is the process through which upgrades are being paid for.

    The 1 cent sales tax that was approved to cover the $11 million bond is bringing in more money than was expected.

    Chester County Treasurer Jack Kindle said in total, the collections are $184,000 ahead of where they were expected to be.

    “We tried to be fairly conservative in our estimates,” Kindle said. “It’s good to see it’s working the way it is.”

  • Teach dad a new twist about Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists?  

    All across the nation this Father’s Day weekend, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.

  • Car crashes into Ninth Street house

    A house on Ninth Street looked like it took a hit from a wrecking ball on Monday.

    Instead, the front end of a Crown Victoria crushed one side of the home at 1144 Ninth Street.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, about 3:15 p.m. Monday, Ronnell Thompson, 18, of 1739 Usher Road, was driving a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria too fast on Ninth Street.

    Senior Trooper Eric Hewett said Thompson ran off the left side of the street, overcorrected and hit the vacant house.

  • Deputy administrator set to begin job

    Jeffrey Naftal will likely become a well-known name around Lancaster County.

    Naftal, who is moving from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., along with his wife, Phyllis, and 3-year-old son, Brian, will begin work as the county’s first deputy county administrator on June 28. He will assist County Administrator Steve Willis.

    With more than 23 years of experience in city government, Naftal was chosen from several candidates to fill the new position.

  • Lancaster again named a Tree City USA community

    The city of Lancaster has been recognized once again for its commitment to forestry.

    For the 20th year, the city is a Tree City USA community, a designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation.

    A municipality has to meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community. It must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.