Local News

  • County Council cools on air-rail industrial park project

    Talks about building an industrial park close to Lancaster County Airport have ended – at least for now. 

    Last month, Lancaster County Council voted unanimously to stop negotiations regarding 110 acres the county has had in holding. The land, owned by Dr. Malcolm Edwards, is near the airport on the south side of S.C. 9 near the Chester County line. 

    The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent that night. 

  • Yow loses S.C. House District 53 race protest

    The S.C. Election Commission heard the concerns of former state representative candidate Richie Yow on Nov. 27, but in the end decided by a 5-0 vote to uphold the victory of incumbent Ted Vick in the S.C. House 53 seat.

    Vick, a Democrat, won the Nov. 6 general election by 723 votes. Yow, a Republican, claimed there were enough discrepancies in voting procedures in Chesterfield County to more than offset that margin.

  • Residents should sign up for credit monitoring

    Blake Faulkenberry isn’t worried about the possibility of becoming an identity-theft victim.

    Three days after hearing about the information breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue, Faulkenberry registered for free credit monitoring. Since then, he said there’s been no notification of any suspicious activity.  He also monitors his bank statement online daily.

    “I haven’t seen anything strange happen,” said Faulkenberry.

  • 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.