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  • Kershaw honors hometown hero

    KERSHAW – An overflow crowd packed the chapel at First Baptist Church.

    Retired Army Col. Tom Fincher, standing at attention in his dress uniform, snapped a salute to 1st Lt. Jonathan Cook, sitting in his wheelchair as he has for 50 years.

  • Off-duty deputy lauded for pulling man from burning car

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Black has been awarded the S.C. Sheriff’s Association Lifesaving Award for pulling an entrapped man from a burning car after a May 22 wreck on S.C. 5 just over the county line in York County.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile made the award presentation at Monday night’s county council meeting. 

  • Sunday alcohol petition is ready

    A Lancaster County group pushing a ballot initiative to allow Sunday retail alcohol sales says it has gathered enough petition signatures to get the question on the November general election ballot.

    Chet Miller, who helped organize the effort for Citizens and Businesses for Lancaster County, said Friday that the group will present the petition to the county elections office Wednesday for certification.

  • Schools pass $97M budget for 2016-17

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved its 2016-17 budget Tuesday night, including 2 percent raises for teachers, whose pay has not increased since 2013.

    The general fund budget reflects projected total expenditures of $97,297,229, up $6.8 million from the year before. The budget exceeds projected total revenues of $93,611,090. The shortfall will be balanced with equity, or funds from the district's savings. 

  • Jury finds man guilty of murdering Chester councilman

    Brian Garner/Landmark News Services

    WINNSBORO – The jury in the Christopher Moore murder re-trial deliberated less than two hours Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield County Courthouse before finding him guilty of the Nov. 4, 2014, murder of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

  • Pageland man charged with kidnapping ex-wife

    A Heath Springs woman’s plea for help at a convenience store in Pageland led to her ex-boyfriend’s arrest June 26 for kidnapping. 

    Jeremy Lamar Lowery, 28, of Pageland was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Lowery’s ex-girlfriend walked into a store in Pageland about 1:19 the night of the incident and asked for help.

  • Fires destroy homes in Indian Land, Elgin

    Fires destroyed two homes in two days this week, one a suspicious fire in Indian Land, the other a fire at a small home in the Elgin community with nobody home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the fire in Indian Land occurred Tuesday about 7:44 a.m. at a double-wide mobile home at 10829 Rise Lane.

  • Tension eases over county animal shelter

    More than 40 animal advocates in purple T-shirts attended Monday night’s county council meeting, and six spoke during the citizens’ comments portion.
    Making their fourth appearance in council’s chambers in the past six weeks, they expressed their frustration about the troubled county animal shelter and renewed their offer to help.
    The animal lovers made refreshingly different requests than are typically heard during the citizens’ comments to council. Most people stand before council asking that something be done for them.

  • Matson water line work finishes ahead of deadline

    KERSHAW – Water line replacement along two blocks of North Matson Street wrapped up last Thursday, finishing in a little more than half the anticipated construction time.
    The project, which started April 25, was originally expected to take up to 120 days, but was completed in 67. Workers finished cleaning up last week.
    “It was way ahead of schedule, and things moved pretty smoothly,” said Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • S.C. 160 widening project delayed again

    The project to widen Indian Land’s S.C. 160, already more than a year and a half behind schedule, has been delayed again, with bidding set for November and construction expected to begin early next year, a S.C. Department of Transportation official said.
    In the meantime, SCDOT has set a tentative schedule for improvements at Indian Land’s most congested intersection, U.S. 521 and Marvin Road.
    S.C. 160 widening delayed