Local News

  • Gardner’s sex charges in Lancaster County involve Oconee teenager

    A Kershaw man facing charges of sexually abusing two middle school students in Oconee County a decade ago now faces similar charges in Lancaster County, where some of the incidents reportedly occurred.

    Richard “Trey” Gardner III, 39, of 302 E. Church St., Kershaw, is charged in Lancaster County with three counts of a lewd act with a minor under age 16 and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor, according to warrants. 

  • Thaxton investors to get money back, plus some

    Investors in the once-beleaguered Thaxton Group define fiscal cliff in another way.

    Hopefully in three weeks, those investors who saw their life savings disappear will finally be able to step back from the brink of that cliff. 

    They will finally get all their money back, plus a little more.

  • County’s jobless rate falls slightly

    Employment in Lancaster County appears to be improving, at least from a statistical standpoint. 

    The county had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in October, a small drop from the 10.9 percent posted in September, according to figures released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    In comparison, Lancaster County posted a 13.4 percent unemployment rate in October 2011. 

  • Municipalities must now approve smoking ban

    While Lancaster County Council decided this week to snuff out smoking in enclosed public spaces, residents will have three months to prepare before the penalties go into effect. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis is hoping to educate residents and business owners about the specifics of the newly approved ordinance. 

    Though it technically went into effect Monday night, Nov. 26, Willis said its penalties aren’t enforceable until March 1, 2013. 

  • Kershaw taking steps to comply with ADA

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is taking steps to ensure all of its public-use buildings are equipped to accommodate people with physical limitations. 

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit spoke to Town Council during its Nov. 19 meeting about being in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

    Municipalities must comply in order to receive certain government funding. 

  • AJHS choral students to sing in National Honors Choir

    KERSHAW – As the county’s arts-focus high school, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Andrew Jackson High School student body is full of talent. 

    The sheer number of students recently chosen to perform nationally with an exclusive chorus shows just how deep that talent pool runs.

    Six of the school’s advanced chorus members – Lexi Fletcher, Marisa Fletcher, Brittany Williams, Amanda Mobley, Lauren Rowell and Allie Dabney – were recently invited to sing in the biennial 2013 National Honors Choir.

  • Butt out: County Council passes smoking ordinance by 4-2 margin

    Smokers beware – there’s a new ordinance in town. 

    Following months of heated debates, enforceability concerns and secondhand smoke statistics, Lancaster County Council approved final reading Monday night, Nov. 26, of a countywide smoking ordinance by a vote of 4-2. 

    Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole opposed the ordinance, and Larry McCullough was absent from the meeting. 

  • Yow protests results in S.C. House 53 election

    Republican Richie Yow has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 6 election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 

    Incumbent Democrat Ted Vick won re-election to the seat. Yow and Phil Powell, a petition candidate, ran against Vick.

    District 53 covers all of Chesterfield County and the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County.

    Vick won the election by 723 votes, according to the S.C. Election Commission, but Yow claims more than 2,000 ballots were illegally or improperly cast.

  • A life of service

    Some people are remembered for a single accomplishment that defines their life, but Lancaster County educator Mary Best Mackey Robertson will be remembered for how she lived.

    Robertson will go down in Lancaster County memory as one of its most influential residents, a woman whose life and actions had such an impact on so many people, in so many different ways, it can only be summed up with the phrase: She lived to serve others.

    Robertson, 82, died Nov. 21, in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. Robertson had lived in Indiana since 2006.

  • Sleek Look – Deputies get a charge from chargers

    At first glance, it looks as if Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Graffam has borrowed the keys to one of James Bond’s high-tech speedsters.

    Sitting in the driver’s seat, Graffam is quick to point out the digital radar display on his car’s dashboard, the miniature camera system bolted to the inside headliner and the mobile data terminal anchored securely to his right.