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  • Dixie Baseball asks City Council for $300K

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has asked the city of Lancaster for a major financial favor. 

    At City Council’s June 26 meeting, David Hance, board chairman for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program, presented a request for $300,000 from the city’s hospitality tax fund.  

    If granted, the money would go toward upgrades at the two ball fields at Wylie Park. 

  • Friends of Jackie Craine launch cell phone drive

    Friends of domestic- abuse victim Jackie Craine, will remember her life through a cell phone drive from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

    The drive is being held in honor of Craine’s 35th birthday.

    A 1996 graduate of Lancaster High School, Craine, 34, was shot and killed on Jan. 5, 2012, in the parking lot of Avery Lake Apartments in Fort Mill. 

  • Reward offered in theft of AC units

    Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

    The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

  • Two men arrested on cocaine charges

    Two men were arrested during a traffic stop late last month after authorities found cocaine in their car.

    David Frisco Jones, 34, of Lugoff, and Sedric Davel Robertson, 33, 638 Kershaw Club Road, Kershaw, were arrested June 29 and each charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The arrests were made following a traffic stop by investigators with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force on East Richland Street in Kershaw, the release said.

  • Man arrested in Morris murder

    A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home. 

    Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

  • Get ready for the heat

    If you thought last week was hot, you haven’t seen – or felt – anything yet.

    This weekend will usher in the year’s first days of triple-digit temperatures for Lancaster County, and meteorologists want locals to take precautions.

    The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Lancaster at 102 degrees.

    Saturday’s high could reach 104 degrees and Sunday’s may hit 103.

  • Lancaster man dies in Allvac accident

    An employee involved in an industrial site accident at the Allvac Rolling Plant in Richburg died Tuesday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Shawn Merritt, 33, of 2554 Country Club Drive, Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:33 p.m.  

    The official cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to oxygen depletion, Tinker said. 

    The accident remains under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

  • County Council lifts zoning moratorium in Indian Land

    After two years of debate and a multitude of ordinances, prospective businesses received the green light this week to apply for commercial property rezonings in the Panhandle. 

    Lancaster County Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Monday, June 25, to remove a rezoning moratorium in Indian Land. 

    Councilmen Larry McCullough and Jack Estridge dissented, while Councilwomen Kathy Sistare and Charlene McGriff were not present. 

  • Tax increase to fund school district’s capital budget

    Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Tuesday, June 26, which totals $91.1 million.

    The debt services budget includes a 3.5 mill tax increase for county property owners, while the general fund budget’s millage remains the same.

    Also during the meeting, school board members named Andrew Jackson Middle School Principal Butch Dutton to replace Jonathan Phipps as principal at Buford High School.

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  • Man with knife arrested on several charges

    Deputies arrested a man on a host of charges after he was found inside a woman’s Heath Springs’ home on Saturday, June 23,  holding a large knife.

    Ashley Demarra Dunlap, 29, was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, first-degree burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came about 30 minutes after a deputy spoke with a woman about a potential burglary in her home.