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  • City chief seeks new drug dog

    The Lancaster Police Department is asking the city for money to buy another drug dog.

    Police Chief Hugh White asked City Council on Tuesday to provide the needed funding to replace Bruno, the drug dog that’s been with the police department for 10 years.

    White said it will cost between $9,000 and $12,000 to buy a new, well-trained dog.  

    “Obviously, we purchased a top-quality dog in 1999,” he said. “It’s my opinion we need to begin searching for a replacement for Bruno.”

  • District OKs policy on political solicitation

    The Lancaster County School District has put its foot down on certain types of political activity  that can occur on school grounds.

    The school board voted unanimously Tuesday on final reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

    The board had viewed a draft of the policy in April but tabled it for later discussion. At that time, board member Dr. Peter Barry expressed concern about an item that would have prevented politicians from buying ad space in publications such as football programs.

  • Council votes down rezoning request for elderly care center

    With a round of applause from several Indian Land residents in the audience, Lancaster County Council denied an ordinance that would have allowed for elderly care centers in residential neighborhoods.

    Council voted unanimously to deny the ordinance, which would have permitted elderly care facilities as a conditional use in residential and commercial areas with the R-15P, B-1 and B-2 zoning designations. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was absent.

  • Cauthen in shackles during trial

    One woman described murder victim Brenda Steen as “scared and whispering” during a phone call that  authorities say preceded her death on Oct. 17, 2004.

    David Cauthen Jr. is charged with murder in Steen's death. His trial began Monday at the Lancaster County temporary courthouse.

    According to authorities, Steen was killed on Oct. 17, 2004. Her body was found two days later in a culvert under Camp Creek Road.

  • Woman stabbed, dumped in McBee

    McBEE – Chesterfield County authorities are awaiting a key piece of evidence concerning the stabbing of a woman abandoned along the roadside last week: Her statement.

    An investigation into the stabbing of a 47-year-old Lancaster County woman remains on hold as she recovers from her injuries.

    She has yet to be questioned by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

    She remains under medical care for injuries after receiving emergency surgery, said Lt. Brianna Davis, an investigator for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Officials break ground in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County Council was chastised for spending $400,000 on improvements to the Kershaw Industrial Park a few years ago, said its chairman, Rudy Carter.

    Carter spoke at a groundbreaking for the park on Gold Mine Highway on Tuesday morning.

    “In our economic times, things are very difficult,” Carter said. “The key to all this is simply planning. I think we’re going to see a lot going on here. I think investing now will pay off huge in the future.”

  • City receives honor for traffic safety

    COLUMBIA – The city of Lancaster has been recognized by AAA Carolinas as a 2009 South Carolina Traffic Safe Community.

    Lt. Jeff Meeks of the Lancaster Police Department accepted the award, which honors the police department and city for working to ensure that roads in the city are safe. The award was presented at a luncheon in Columbia on Oct. 15.

    The city of Lancaster was recognized for its public-awareness campaigns.

  • Suspect in Chesterfield County stabbing is free on $5,000 bond

    CHESTERFIELD – A man accused of a non-fatal stabbing of a woman found on the side of the road in Chesterfield County was released on bond.

    Chesterfield County Detention Center records show Brian William Taylor, 38, of 5193 Bethune Road, Kershaw, was released Nov. 15 on a $5,000 bond.

    Taylor was being held at the detention center since being charged at his home Nov. 4 with assault and battery with intent to kill, stemming from the Oct. 29 stabbing of a 47-year-old woman from Lancaster County with family ties to Pageland.

  • Transmitter allowing KVLT to monitor travels of osprey

    Buck has wanderlust.

    Since August, he’s flown from the Carolinas to Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    He stayed in Tennessee for five weeks, along the Cumberland River before beginning a long journey to South America.

    He traveled through Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic before landing in Colombia, South America.

    For the time being, he’s found a home near Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.

  • Boy Scout Hall of Fame inducts three

    The reasoning behind a Lancaster County Boy Scout Hall of Fame is simple, said Art Harris.

    The whole point, said Harris, who is the district scout executive, is to help the community realize it has much to be thankful for when it comes to the leaders who have come from the ranks of scouting.

    The Hall of Fame is also to thank the volunteers, whose behind-the-scenes work have shaped the lives of some of those leaders.