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  • $206,000 is estimate to repair jail

    County officials now know what it will cost to repair the old Lancaster County jail – almost $206,000.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, and Chad Catledge of Perception Builders, who is overseeing the construction of the new court facility, presented those numbers to council on Monday night.

    Munnerlyn said the repairs will cost $205,766. This amount includes environmental testing, removal of old materials, demolition and reconstruction of the roof, insulation and drywall.

  • Final budget calls for small tax hike

    Armed with a few newspaper articles, Winston Smith hoped to convince County Council not to increase taxes in the county.

    Before council debated final reading of the county’s  2010-11 budget on Monday, Smith addressed council about his concerns.

    Smith, a Lancaster resident and chairman of the county’s Republican Party, was worried after learning about council’s plans to increase property taxes. Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the budget in June.

  • Troopers to step up patrol

    Last year, during the Fourth of July holiday, five people lost their lives on South Carolina highways.

    “We’re looking at that as five too many,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.

    The Highway Patrol is teaming up with S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers and other local law enforcement agencies to make sure drivers are following the law, not only on the road but on the water.

  • Hope on the Hill almost ready to open family, recreation center

    The smell of fresh paint is everywhere as you walk through the building that once housed Barr Street High School.

    In just about every room, you can see where many renovations have taken place, all in an effort to prepare the facility to once again serve the community.

    Hope on the Hill, a local group that provides services for youth, has planned to turn the building into a recreation and family life center. Family reunions, talent shows, stage plays and basketball tournaments are just some of the events in mind, said Wayne Murray, chairman for Hope on the Hill.

  • Extortion threat made in e-mail to local man

    A Lancaster man reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone sent him an e-mail claiming to be a hit man.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man said he received the e-mail on June 24.

    The sender claimed to be a hit man hired to kill the man and his family if he did not comply with a $30,000 extortion request.

  • USC fans savor national championship victory

    Area University of South Carolina baseball fans are basking in the glow of the Gamecocks’ greatest diamond coup.

    USC captured the baseball program’s first-ever NCAA national championship, sweeping the best-of-three College World Series with a 2-1, 11th-inning win over UCLA at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday night.

    The one-run win came a day after the Gamecocks topped the Bruins, 7-1, to set the stage for the title-clinching victory in the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt.

  • Caseloads could increase

    A commission created by the General Assembly recommended changes to laws regarding property and violent crimes and drug offenses that could have County Council voting to add more local judicial staff in the coming year.

  • First Citizens donates to campaign

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster has received another sizable contribution that will help pay for a future classroom building.

    First Citizens bank has pledged $100,000 toward the structure, which will house faculty, staff and students in the general curriculum of the arts and sciences.

    USCL officials hope to begin construction on the $6.8 million building in 2011.

    First Citizens made its check presentation last week inside USCL’s Starr Hall.  

  • Sentencing law affects county budget

    The effects of a newly passed state Sentencing Reform Act had County Council divided over accepting its proposed budget on Monday night.

    Before voting to approve the county’s 2010-11 budget, several council members debated the addition of two new items for the county’s magistrates court system.

  • Bank overdraft laws to take effect Thursday

    A new law goes into effect Thursday that may affect how you use your debit card.

    A Federal Reserve regulation will change the way banks assess fees when a person overdrafts during debit-card purchases or ATM withdrawals.

    Many financial institutions charge between $10 and $38 per transaction when a person uses his or her card after their checking account reaches $0. That overdraft protection is in place as a default action.