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  • Municipalities must now approve smoking ban

    While Lancaster County Council decided this week to snuff out smoking in enclosed public spaces, residents will have three months to prepare before the penalties go into effect. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis is hoping to educate residents and business owners about the specifics of the newly approved ordinance. 

    Though it technically went into effect Monday night, Nov. 26, Willis said its penalties aren’t enforceable until March 1, 2013. 

  • Kershaw taking steps to comply with ADA

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is taking steps to ensure all of its public-use buildings are equipped to accommodate people with physical limitations. 

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit spoke to Town Council during its Nov. 19 meeting about being in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

    Municipalities must comply in order to receive certain government funding. 

  • AJHS choral students to sing in National Honors Choir

    KERSHAW – As the county’s arts-focus high school, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Andrew Jackson High School student body is full of talent. 

    The sheer number of students recently chosen to perform nationally with an exclusive chorus shows just how deep that talent pool runs.

    Six of the school’s advanced chorus members – Lexi Fletcher, Marisa Fletcher, Brittany Williams, Amanda Mobley, Lauren Rowell and Allie Dabney – were recently invited to sing in the biennial 2013 National Honors Choir.

  • Butt out: County Council passes smoking ordinance by 4-2 margin

    Smokers beware – there’s a new ordinance in town. 

    Following months of heated debates, enforceability concerns and secondhand smoke statistics, Lancaster County Council approved final reading Monday night, Nov. 26, of a countywide smoking ordinance by a vote of 4-2. 

    Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole opposed the ordinance, and Larry McCullough was absent from the meeting. 

  • Yow protests results in S.C. House 53 election

    Republican Richie Yow has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 6 election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 

    Incumbent Democrat Ted Vick won re-election to the seat. Yow and Phil Powell, a petition candidate, ran against Vick.

    District 53 covers all of Chesterfield County and the Spring Hill precinct in eastern Lancaster County.

    Vick won the election by 723 votes, according to the S.C. Election Commission, but Yow claims more than 2,000 ballots were illegally or improperly cast.

  • A life of service

    Some people are remembered for a single accomplishment that defines their life, but Lancaster County educator Mary Best Mackey Robertson will be remembered for how she lived.

    Robertson will go down in Lancaster County memory as one of its most influential residents, a woman whose life and actions had such an impact on so many people, in so many different ways, it can only be summed up with the phrase: She lived to serve others.

    Robertson, 82, died Nov. 21, in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. Robertson had lived in Indiana since 2006.

  • Sleek Look – Deputies get a charge from chargers

    At first glance, it looks as if Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Graffam has borrowed the keys to one of James Bond’s high-tech speedsters.

    Sitting in the driver’s seat, Graffam is quick to point out the digital radar display on his car’s dashboard, the miniature camera system bolted to the inside headliner and the mobile data terminal anchored securely to his right. 

  • Jackie Craine’s mother gets custody of granddaughter

      

  • Man arrested for robbery

    A brawl that left a man bloodied and beaten ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man on several charges last week. 

    Dequincey Rashad Montgomery, 26, 502 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Nov. 19, on charges of strong armed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and entering premises after warning, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers discovered the assault just after 10 p.m. after responding to a fight in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Pardue Street, at Palmetto Place Apartments.

  • HOPE volunteers help the hurting

    Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

    While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

    That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.