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  • DUI effort nets results

    Deaths, injuries and collisions.

    Each word evokes a plethora of emotions, but for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each syllable serves as motivation for keeping county roads safer for motorists.

    As part of that effort, the sheriff’s office’s newly created DUI Enforcement Team netted more than a dozen arrests and issued several citations and warnings during a two-week period in December, said Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw in a press release.

  • 'Honest as the noonday sun'

    In 1913, about 40 Civil War survivors gathered at the Confederate Memorial in front of the historic courthouse in downtown Lancaster for a group photograph.

    Very little is known about the event, other than the men enjoyed a picnic lunch that day served by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Thirteen of the men there had fought at Gettysburg.
    But that photograph has become a part of local history and lore for good reason.

    That’s because of the black man seated on the ground in front of the men and one woman who surround the monument.

  • Night deer hunters sentenced

    A trio of University of South Carolina Lancaster students received suspended sentences and fines in General Sessions Court on Monday, Feb. 11, two months after their arrests in an illegal night deer hunting case.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced Monday on the charge of illegal night deer hunting, first offense.

    “We negotiated a sentence for them and each of them got the same sentence,” Barfield said.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Nine local groups will benefit from the latest round of hospitality tax grants from the city of Lancaster.

    City Council unanimously approved the recommendation on how to divvy up $50,000 during its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 12.

    The city received 14 applications for the 2012-13 hospitality tax grant cycle. Last week, its special Support Services committee recommended funding nine of those requests. Five projects were denied.

  • Council votes to reopen McGill convenience site

    When Ken Faulkenberry takes a walk through the woods, the last things he wants to see are piles of garbage bags, cast-off refrigerators or mounds of worn tires.

    But as county officials consider reducing the number of convenience sites throughout the county, those are exactly the types of items Faulkenberry predicts will soon pop up along county roadsides.

    Speaking at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, he urged council members to use caution as they move forward.

  • Discovery School students learn about Japanese culture

    Discovery School students are discovering the food, arts and traditions of Japan, thanks to the help of the school’s new intern, Ayumi Kanazaw.

    Kanazaw, 21, a third-year international relations major at Nihon University, is the latest Japanese student to take part in a long-running internship program between the university and Discovery School.

  • Chesterfield Courthouse shooting suspect arrested near Pageland after police chase

    CHESTERFIELD – Two people were taken to a regional hospital and one man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot them outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse parking lot.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department reported Curtis Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, allegedly shot 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan, from a pickup truck, then sped away. Weaver and Nolan were taken to a Florence County hospital with wounds described as non-lifethreatening.

  • Authorities search for man who tried to lure woman

    Authorities are still on the hunt for a man who reportedly tried to entice a female jogger into his van earlier this month. 

    On Feb. 1, a deputy spoke with a 28-year-old Kershaw woman who said a man tried to lure her into his white van sometime between 8:50 and 9:10 a.m., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The victim told deputies she was jogging near a gas station in the area of South Cleveland Street and Stevens Drive when an unknown white man asked her if she needed a ride.

  • Pregnancy Care Center opens Kershaw office

    KERSHAW – The local nonprofit that helps mothers in need now has a presence in southern Lancaster County.

    Last week, the Pregnancy Care Center began taking appointments at the Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) office at 110 S. Hart Street in Kershaw.

    PCC Director Julie Walters said staff realized that many of the girls and young women it sees are from the Kershaw area. In November, discussions began about the agency using space inside KARE’s building.

    An agreement was reached in December and announced last month.

  • School district officials eye tight budget year, but no worries yet

    Lancaster County School District Chief Financial Officer Tony Walker updated school board members on his expectations for the 2013-14 fiscal budget.

    Walker gave board members the overview during the annual superintendent/board planning session Feb. 1 and 2.

    Walker said he’s anticipating several tough factors affecting the school district in coming months from both sides of the ledger, revenue and expenditures, but its too early in the budgeting process to get overly concerned.