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  • Officials considering strict smoking ordinance

    Smoking in Lancaster County may become a lot more restrictive this year.

    County Council is expected to soon consider a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all public-access buildings in the county.

    The county’s Health & Wellness Commission had been discussing the idea for some time. County Administrator Steve Willis said the drafted ordinance is modeled after those adopted in York and Greenville counties.

  • Man sentenced in January 2010 shooting death of Eric Curry

    Two years after a man was shot to death outside a Lancaster nightclub, the case came to a close when the shooter pleaded guilty to several charges.

    Demarcus Lewis Davis, 22, was sentenced May 8 to 15 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections for the shooting death of 35-year-old Eric Curry and the nonfatal shooting of his then -23-year-old brother Navoney Curry, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • DUI initiative aims to curb alcohol-related accidents

    When is 275 too many?

    For local law enforcement and community leaders, it’s when that’s the number of people arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence in Lancaster County. 

    Add to that these sobering statistics: There were 67 reported DUI crashes in the county last year, plus news that 33 people have already been arrested for DUI in the first three months of 2012.

  • Wrapped up in the 2012 Summer Olympics

    What do world-renowned athletes, proud Olympic torchbearers and a Lancaster manufacturing company all have in common?

    As it turns out, all will make their mark on this year’s Summer Olympics in London. 

    The Cooley Group, a mass producer of polyethylene-based print media products such as billboards and signage, announced Monday, May 7, that its latest product will completely wrap the brand-new Olympic Stadium. 

  • Walnut Creek EMS station now open

    INDIAN LAND – The Walnut Creek EMS Station 8 is open and ready to respond after a delay following its transfer to the county in December.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services Director Clayton Catoe said the station opened officially at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

    “We’re real excited to be moving in there and being able to provide better response times (in the Panhandle) down toward Lancaster and all the way up to Sun City,” Catoe said.

  • District 7 County Council hopefuls discuss issues

    Candidates for Lancaster County Council’s new District 7 seat met last week to discuss their positions on the issues facing Indian Land residents, but ended up agreeing on most.

    Republicans Brian Carnes and Jerry Holt are the only two candidates running for the newly redrawn council district representing the county’s northern tip. 

    The two will face off in the GOP primary June 12.

  • Senate committee passes measure to get candidates back on ballot

    Despite some political wrangling Tuesday, May 8, the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would allow any candidate who attempted to file a statement of economic interest by April 20 back on the ballot for the June 12 primary. The deadline to file was March 30.

    The S.C. Supreme Court ruled May 2 that 180 candidates across the state were disqualified for the upcoming primaries, which meant their names were removed from the primary ballots.

  • Arrest made in HOPE theft

    Alabama authorities tracked down and arrested a Lancaster woman this week in connection with a theft from a local charity. 

    Christy Leeann Ellis, 31, 3283 Camp Creek Road, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Auburn, Ala., on five counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, said Kathryn Richardson, spokeswoman for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division(SLED). 

  • Standing Tall

    The importance of perseverance rang true for all 74 University of South Carolina Lancaster students who participated in graduation ceremonies Saturday, April 28.

    But it was especially true for Amy Johnson, who donned her cap and gown and listened to guest speaker Dr. Leah Moody.

    For Johnson, 54, perseverance is her only option, as she’s battled cancer off and on for the last several years. 

  • Baccalaureate services signal high school graduations

    Part of what makes graduation so memorable is the depth of tradition inherent in it.

    In the coming weeks, Lancaster County’s high school seniors will begin their march toward graduation with a ceremony that dates back to the days of the world’s ancient universities – baccalaureate.

    According to several sources, the services are believed to have begun at the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford sometime around 1432 to celebrate young lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.