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  • Breaking News Residents evacuated as road washes away

    As heavy rain showers blasted through the county on Friday, Lancaster County Council called an emergency meeting to help residents along a severely flooded road.

    Council convened for an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday to discuss what to do for residents along the recently flooded Gills Creek Drive near Buford. Council will vote on an expedited condemnation of property near the dead end of the road, which will allow the county to use land to create an alternate road into the neighborhood.

  • Murder suspect flees from traffic stop

    A man charged with murder in a Jan. 16 shooting at a Lancaster nightclub is still on the run.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said deputies stopped a car for a traffic violation Wednesday night, and a passenger, later found to be Demarcus Lewis Davis, got out and ran from deputies.

    Warrants were issued by the Lancaster Police Department charging Davis, 20, with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and two counts of possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime shortly after the shooting.

  • Council OKs incentives for Project Shield

    County Council has taken the first steps toward bringing a defense-type business to the county.

    Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to enter into a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement with a Delaware-based company, which has not yet been publicly named. The county is dubbing this “Project Shield” until an agreement with the company is finalized.

    The firm is looking at the former BMB Steering Innovation building on S.C. 160.

  • Jobless rate hits new state high

    South Carolina’s jobless rate hit another record high in December, rising to 12.6 percent.

    Three states had higher jobless rates than South Carolina in December – Rhode Island, Nevada and Michigan. Michigan’s was highest in the nation at 13 percent.

    Sixteen states had a jobless rate at or above 10 percent in December, and 43 states saw their jobless rate increase in December.

  • Lindemann still considering race

    Despite a recent press release announcing he would not run, York County Councilman Paul Lindemann said he’s still considering running for the state House District 45 seat.

    The announcement was sent out in a press release on Jan. 15 from York County Republican Party Chairman Glenn McCall to select news outlets, but Lindemann said it was inaccurate.

  • Two to vie for board seat

    Tyrom Faulkner points to the student achievement gap while Terrence Jenkins identifies the dropout rate as areas each would focus on as a school board member.

    The two men are vying for the open District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board. The special election is Feb. 16.

    The seat was vacated in November by Charlene McGriff, who resigned after winning a seat on County Council. McGriff had about three years left on her school board term.

    All school board seats are non-partisan.

    Faulkner and Jenkins are each first-time candidates.

  • Deputies search for escaped inmate from Rock Hill

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies searched for a prisoner who escaped from the Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill on Wednesday.

    Chucky James Elmore Jr., 27, walked away from the minimum-security center on Milling Road about noon on Wednesday, a S.C. Department of Corrections press release said.

    Elmore was serving an eight-year sentence for grand larceny in Cherokee County. The sentence began on June 17, 2009.

  • Forecast calls for heavy rain, possibly some sleet

    After weathering a weekend of ice and sleet, Lancaster County could see some more wintry weather today and Saturday.

    According to the National Weather Service, rain is in today’s forecast, with a high temperature of 39 degrees. One to 2 inches of rain is possible.

    That rain could change to sleet overnight, with a quarter to half an inch of precipitation possible.

    On Saturday, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and sleet before noon, which will turn to all rain in the afternoon, according to the weather service.

  • Are local workers being snubbed on courthouse project?

    Chad Catledge is looking for more local businesses to get involved on the county’s new courthouse project.

    Catledge, owner of Lancaster’s Perception Builders, wants to dispel rumors that he’s heard that Lancaster County contractors are being snubbed in the mammoth construction project in favor of those from other areas. Catledge, project consultant for construction of the new courthouse, said that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • District 2 board candidates field questions at forum

    Tyrom Faulkner and Terrence Jenkins each said they’d have to become a school board member first before answering some of the questions thrown their way at a forum Tuesday.

    The two candidates seeking the open District 2 Lancaster County school board seat discussed school-related issues and their reasons for running during the forum, held inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.