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  • 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.

  • District 2 candidate forum set for Tuesday

    Tyrom Faulkner and Terrence Jenkins, candidates for the Lancaster County school board District 2 seat, will speak at a candidates forum Tuesday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event will start with a meet-and-greet period from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. A question-and-answer segment will begin at 5:30 p.m.

    Faulkner and Jenkins will each give an opening and closing statement, and will alternate answering questions during the forum.

  • Fond farewells and well wishes

    The hugs and well wishes kept pouring in for Linda Blackmon.

    Blackmon, who retired at the end of 2009 as the county’s Veterans Affairs officer, was the center of attention Friday afternoon at the County Administration Building, where a drop-in was being held in her honor.

    Local military veterans, family members, county employees and others made their way to council chambers to congratulate and show their appreciation for Blackmon, who had worked for the Veterans Affairs Office for 14 years.

  • SCDOT seeks comments about S.C. 160 project on its Web site

    As South Carolina awaits a second round of federal stimulus money, the state’s Department of Transportation is looking for public input about S.C. 160.

    The highway, which intersects U.S. 521 in the northern end of Indian Land, has seen an increase in traffic over the last few years and is in need of repairs.

    And with a second round of federal transportation funding expected from President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, SCDOT is considering making major improvements to the road.

  • Downtown banner project under way again

    The community banner project is back and one of the organizers hopes it will be even more successful than last year.

    The Lancaster County School District and city of Lancaster worked together last year with grant funds to sponsor the project for the first time.

    Each school in the county had a hand in creating designs for banners, which were hung on street lamps along Main Street or draped over special stainless steel cubes designed by local sculptor Bob Doster for the lawn of the Springs House, home of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in downtown Lancaster.

  • Man shoots wife while cleaning gun

    A Lancaster man accidentally shot his wife in the back Wednesday afternoon while cleaning a rifle, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Roy Spencer, 64, told deputies that he was in his basement cleaning a .50-caliber black powder rifle.

    Spencer told authorities he was trying to remove a bullet from the rifle to clean the gun when it fired accidentally, according to the report.

    The bullet went through the ceiling.