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  • Repeal of blue laws up for a final vote Monday

    County Council will consider final reading of a proposed ordinance that would repeal blue laws in the county, except those that bar the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

    Council has given two readings to the ordinance, which would suspend blue laws through June 30, 2013. If enacted, it would allow county business owners to decide whether to open their doors on Sundays.

  • County looks at stimulus funding

    County Council wants a share of the $787 billion that was approved in the economic stimulus bill recently signed by President Barack Obama.

    Council is reviewing an extensive list of projects, including public buildings, roads and utility improvements.

    Called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the bill allocates money for several items, including funds for infrastructure investment, tax relief and grants for state and local governments.

    The bill was passed by Congress on Feb. 13 and signed into law by Obama on Feb. 19.

  • Breaking News After domestic dispute call, fire guts house on 2nd Street

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute at a 2nd Street home where a fire later destroyed the house.

    The fire started at Parnell Strain’s home about 4:20 p.m. Monday, said Darren Player, deputy director for Lancaster County Fire Service. That was 70 minutes after  officers responded to the house at 1131 2nd St. because of a reported domestic dispute, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.

  • Big Thursday Inc. celebrates record year for scholarships

    Big Thursday Inc. of Lancaster is producing big bucks for college-bound Lancaster County students headed to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster or Clemson University.

    Big Thursday Inc. of Lancaster, which annually raises scholarship funds for county students attending USCL and Clemson, presented record checks Monday in the Carole Ray Dowling Center at USCL.

  • Council discusses bond for new PV fire station

    County Council discussed a proposed bond to construct the new Pleasant Valley Fire Station on Monday.

    The bond would be used to build a new station across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.

    The S.C. 160 widening project will take the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s existing station on the highway.

    The bond could cost between $2.3 and $2.5 million.

  • Man pistol-whipped, robbed of $700 in home invasion

    A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies that he was robbed at gunpoint in his home on Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the Drew Drive resident told deputies that three men kicked in the front door of his home while he was eating dinner with his girlfriend about 8:35 p.m. The couple’s two children and their friend were in a bedroom listening to music, the report said.

  • Breaking News Blue laws vote postponed until Tuesday

    Web update

    Lancaster County Council, which was to consider final reading of an ordinance to repeal the county’s blue laws, has postponed its council meeting until Tuesday night.

    Council decided to move its scheduled Monday meeting after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow across the area. County government buildings were also closed on Monday.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said council will now meet Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m.

  • Local man arrested in Fort Lawn raid

    FORT LAWN – A team of bounty hunters alerted the Chester County Sheriff’s Office to a suspect who was wanted on a Horry County warrant, and when deputies went to arrest that man at a Fort Lawn residence, a raid ensued.

    DeMarcus Jermaine Massey, 23, of 203 S. Market St., Lancaster,  was arrested Feb. 19.

    A fugitive recovery team alerted the Chester County narcotics unit that Massey could be found at 529 B Carabrook Road, Fort Lawn.

    When deputies arrived, they found Massey hiding in a crawl space in the house, a report said.

  • No ‘goodwill’ for burglar

    A Waxhaw man was arrested on several charges after Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Goodwill store and donation center on S.C. 9 Bypass late Sunday.

    Christopher Michael Gorth, 33, of 8822 Tirzah Church Road, was charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and assault on a police officer while resisting arrest.

    According to a police department incident report, officers responded to an alarm call at the store about 11:45 p.m. Sunday.

  • Man gets five years for hurting baby

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to five years in prison after he was charged last year with injuring a 1-month-old child.

    William Joseph Burdick pleaded guilty in general sessions court Wednesday to inflicting great bodily injury upon a child, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Burdick was charged by the Lancaster Police Department last August with inflicting injury on the child and failure to register as a sex offender.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith also sentenced Burdick to 90 days on the sex-offender charge.