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  • City names new finance director

    The city of Lancaster has a new finance director.

    City Council voted unanimously Monday during a special meeting to hire James Absher Jr. for the position.

    Absher, 39, has been with Kershaw County for nearly three years, now serving as its assistant administrator. He’s been working in accounting for 15 years – either in higher education or local government.

    He said he looks forward to his new position.

  • Man killed on Christmas in IL

    INDIAN LAND – A Charlotte man died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Steven Ray Steen, 22, of 1067 Louthan Hill Drive, Indian Land, has been charged with first-degree lynching and disturbing the peace.

  • Weddings

     

    Christy Collins and Brady Cauthen

  • Police reports - Jan. 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on gun charges after police responded to a disturbance at the Waffle House on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Anthony Wayne Smith Jr., 19, 511 Chester St., was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, when police arrived, Smith told them everything was OK and he was leaving. Smith walked toward an officer and the officer told him to stop where he was, but Smith refused, the report said.

  • County Council officials look back and forward

    A struggling economy, high unemployment, new businesses, the closing of a volunteer fire department and the construction of a new county courthouse were all issues Lancaster County Council dealt with in 2009. Through it all, council saw changes of its own as three new members joined its ranks in January, Fred Thomas resigned to become a magistrate judge in the summer and a special election was held to fill his space in the fall.

    Here County Council members share their accomplishments and concerns from 2009 and what they’re looking forward to in 2010.

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • A quiet start to the new year

    Law officers report no major incidents on Thursday night and Friday as residents celebrated the new year.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard both said their agencies didn’t receive many calls for service.

    Faile said New Year’s Eve was a typical day at the sheriff’s office.

    “Things were quiet,” Faile said. “No more than the average night.”

  • A step toward giving USCL campus that 'true college feel'

    The entrance to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s campus is taking on a new look.

    If you’ve driven along the S.C. 9 Bypass during the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen crews constructing a brick welcome sign at the Gillsbrook Drive intersection.

    Now that sign is complete with gold-colored lettering.

    The new sign is part of USCL’s strategic plan, which includes expanding the campus and giving it a “true college feel,” among other aims.

  • Foundation awards scholarship following drawn-out dispute

    A scholarship dispute involving a local college student’s family and the Michael Blackmon Foundation was resolved months ago, according to the foundation.

    The Michael Blackmon Foundation, started years ago in memory of a Lancaster man who from AIDS, awards scholarships each year to area college students.

    Miranda Baker and Latisha Potts, a then-Indian Land High School senior, were selected as the 2009 winners, with each set to receive a $500 award.

  • Man charged with murder in lynching

    INDIAN LAND – One of the four men jailed in connection with a Christmas night lynching incident in Indian Land could get life in prison.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged Evan Starck, 28, of 598 Six Mile Creek Road, on Wednesday with murder.

    Starck and three other Indian Land men had each been charged with lynching after Charlotte resident Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, was hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in the Panhandle on Dec. 25.

    Wallace later died at Carolinas Medical Center.