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  • Patrol, DNR stress safety over ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are combining efforts and working with local law enforcement to save lives on the roadways and waterways this summer through enforcement and public outreach.

    The SCDPS Office of Highway  Safety announced that motorists will also be seeing Highways or Dieways spots airing to support its Buckle Up, SC campaign.

    Last summer, 281 people died on the roadways over the summer months.

    Of those deaths, 117 of the 210 vehicle occupants were not wearing safety belts.

  • Police reports - May 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer investigated possible drug activity in an apartment complex on Eula Court on May 5.

    Jack Chris Whitaker, 31, 1210 E. Arch St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

    According to the report, an officer saw Whitaker drive up to an apartment, stay a short time and then leave on a bicycle. The officer stopped Whitaker on Nichols Road.

    The officer found crack cocaine in Whitaker’s cigarette pack, the report said.

  • Free chamber workshop for small businesses

    A law went in effect last year that requires all South Carolina employers to take additional steps to verify employment eligibility for newly hired employees.

    Private employers with 100 or more employees were required to have the new steps in place last year. Private employers with less than 100 employees are required to be in compliance by July 1.

    To be in compliance, an employer must follow three steps that include:

    • Complete and maintain Form I-9.

  • Lloyd's store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.

  • Lloyd’s store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.

  • Police reports - May 26, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge at a safety checkpoint on Quality Drive on May 14.

    Jarryn Damone Wade, 22, 120 Barnes Road, was charged with driving under suspension and possession of cocaine.

    The report said Wade told officers that his license was suspended because of a driving under the influence charge after he drove up to the checkpoint. Officers found a bag of cocaine in Wade’s pocket, the report said.

  • Council to consider first reading of county budget

    County Council will consider first reading of its 2010-11 budget at its Monday meeting.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this year’s budget was difficult to balance due to several cuts by the state Legislature and council’s insistence on not increasing county taxes. Major impacts council will discuss include a $400,000 cut in the local government fund by the state as well as a 10 percent increase in employer costs for the state health plan.

  • City officers will enforce teen curfew this summer

    The city of Lancaster has a curfew for youth 17 and under and the Lancaster Police Department wants to remind parents that officers will be enforcing it as school gets out for summer.

    From June 1 through Aug. 15, according to city ordinance, the curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m. It requires young people under 17 to be off public streets during those hours.

    From Aug. 16 to May 31, the curfew is 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The ordinance holds parents responsible for their children’s behavior.

  • Four hurt when two motorcycles wreck

    INDIAN LAND – The Swamp Hogs motorcycle club from Monck’s Corner did a safety check before leaving on a 1,000-mile trip Friday morning.

    They went over hand signals. They talked about riding their 13 motorcycles staggered, the hand signals they would use on the ride and how they would stop to put on their helmets when they got to North Carolina, which requires helmets.

    The club, with 13 bikes riding, stopped a few times as they made their way across South Carolina.

  • Library, rec department face budget cuts

    Lancaster County Council is preparing for significant cuts to the county’s library and recreation services in its new budget.

    Council, which gave first reading to its 2010-11 budget Monday, is considering a third consecutive budget with no property tax increases.

    The new budget will include state-mandated cuts, salary adjustments and increases in utility payments, but the most notable changes include a proposed 10 percent reduction in the county’s contribution to library and recreation services.