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  • 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.

  • Carolina Community Actions offers assistance with cooling bills

    Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA, Inc.) has money available to assist low-income families with a variety of services including cooling bills, water, air conditioners, fans, mortgage and rent.

    CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, General Education Degree, child care and youth leadership programs. 

    Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

  • Sheriff presents three deputies, officer with Lifesaving Awards

    It was a phone call Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile never wanted to receive and hopes he never hears again. 

    Standing in front of Lancaster County Council earlier this month with a stack of awards by his side, Faile recounted the news he received on Nov. 17, 2011, that one of his deputies had been wounded in the line of duty. 

    The deputy, Sgt. Brandon Rollins, was shot when he and three of his fellow drug task force officers confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant on Memorial Park Road.

  • Arts and sciences camps begin July 9

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is still accepting registrations for its annual Arts and Sciences Camp, the first of which begins July 9 at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster.

    The camp, which is held at several different locations throughout the county, is designed to spark elementary-age children's imagination and creativity.

  • Council passes $35M budget

    Moments after agreeing on details about a county employee pay raise, Lancaster County Council unanimously passed final reading of the county’s 2012-13 fiscal budget during a special meeting on Friday, June 22.

    Once again, there were no public comments as council members put the finishing touches on the budget. The new budget year runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.