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  • Filing ends for councils

    Candidate filing ended at noon Friday, Aug. 14, for the November 2015 non-partisan town council races in Heath Springs and Kershaw.
    Non-partisan means candidates don’t run with a political party.
    Three people – newcomer Tracy Benton and incumbents the Rev. Eddie Moore and Iva Lee Drakeford – filed for the two at-large seats on Heath Springs Town Council.
    In Kershaw, two candidates filed to run for mayor.
    Incumbent Mayor Wayne Rhodes will seek another term.

  • Community involvement at Clinton Elementary School

    When the 350-plus Clinton Elementary students walk through the entrance for the first day of classes on Monday morning, Aug. 17, they might notice more changes in addition to the principal who greets them.
    There’s some new landscaping via a partnership.
    On Thursday, Aug. 6, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer program, showed up with wheel barrows, edging, lawn tools and mulch to help with a beautification project at the school.

  • Child dies from injuries in DUI Crash

    A child injured in a Thursday, Aug. 13, DUI-related accident on Flat Rock Road has died.
    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Lynette Walker verified early Saturday, Aug. 15, the child, Jamarei Ikeem Patterson, passed away Friday, Aug. 14.
    Walker said the exact cause of death will be determined once an autopsy has been completed.
    “That’s all I can tell you at the time,” Walker said.

  • Students, staff head back to school

    As summer winds down and vacations come to an end, Lancaster County parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the new school year, which is set to begin Monday morning, Aug. 17.
    For some students, including rising sixth and ninth graders, school has already begun, as those students attended orientation day on Friday to learn the in’s and out’s of acclimating to a new school, finding classrooms and learning their new schedules.

  • Gunman robs Hwy 55 burgers

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to track down the gunman who robbed a local restaurant Thursday night, Aug. 13.

    According to a sheriff’s office release, the incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Hwy 55 Burgers, 683 S.C. 9 Bypass East, just after employees closed for the day and were cleaning up.

    Employees told authorities that a black male armed with a black and silver semiautomatic pistol came in through an unlocked back door, held the pistol to one employee’s head, and demanded money.

  • Massey found guilty

    A Lancaster man who sought immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law earlier this year for fatally shooting another man during a house party in October 2013, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Friday, Aug. 7.
    Allen Wesley Massey, 28, stood trial last week on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in the death of Demarcus L. Robinson, 30, during an early morning party at a home in the 300 block of City Avenue.

  • School district honors top educators

    A hush fell over the excited crowd of teachers, staff and administrators Tuesday, Aug. 11, as Mary Beth Mize took the stage at Lancaster County School District’s annual Celebrate Great Teaching event to explain the importance of anchor teachers.
    Standing inside Lancaster High School’s gymnasium, Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, thanked the school district for naming her last year’s Middle School and District Celebrate Great Teaching winner.

  • Motel call leads to four drug arrests

    Four people, including a minor and a man out on bond for a previous attempted murder charge, were arrested earlier this month on numerous drug charges following a reported armed robbery.
    The arrests were made after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call traced to a room in the Super 8 motel, 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass West, about 3:48 a.m. Aug. 6. There, they found several intoxicated people and a large amount of marijuana and prescription pills inside a room, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • More than X’s and O’s

    Buford High School Football Coach Tripp Watts will admit it was a selfish idea.
    In 2014, Watts was brainstorming a way to save some meal money during the Jackets’ preseason drills.
    The math is easy in this two-edged sword.
    On a player level, take a 16-year-old eating machine whose growing every day, figure $7 a meal and multiply that 12 times. That’s $84 per player.
    “Some of our guys and their families just can’t afford that, so I was trying to come up with anything that would work,” Watts said.

  • What’s the next move for LCEDC?

    Through all of the raucous debates during the past year regarding employee benefits, the I-77 Alliance, bylaws and forensic audits, the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. continued to move forward as it retained its quarterly funding from Lancaster County.
    But all that changed Monday night, Aug. 10, following a vote by Lancaster County Council to withdraw the remainder of its allocated funding for the LCEDC and to instead create a new county government department for economic development.