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  • A passion for Lancaster, a heart for people

    Passionate, caring and adamant aptly describe the late Mayor Joe Shaw.
    He was passionate about his civic-minded responsibilities, whether serving on Lancaster City Council, presiding over the annual Christmas tree lighting, ribbon-cuttings or signing proclamations.
    He cared deeply about his constituents as he addressed their concerns, which ran the gamut – from trash pickup, water and sewer issues to crumbling streets.

  • Remembering the Mayor

    Larry Honeycutt
    Lancaster County councilman
    The city of Lancaster, Lancaster County, loyal Gamecocks, friends, family will miss Joe Shaw very much. He was a man of character who cared for his city and citizens of Lancaster and Lancaster County. If you had a problem, he would do his best to help, if it did not break the law.

  • What made Joe Shaw Lancaster's mayor for life?

    Twice since I moved back to Lancaster this year after four decades away, I’ve marveled to my wife: “That’s why Joe Shaw has been mayor so long.”
    They were both small things.
    I ran into Joe on the sidewalk downtown soon after I returned last winter. He welcomed me home with a big smile. I was surprised he recognized me. He asked about each of my brothers.
    Tell your mom and dad their street is going to be repaved this summer, he said. It’ll be a mess, but I know they’ll be glad to get those potholes fixed.

  • Special election for mayor set for Feb. 23

    City of Lancaster voters will head back to the polls about three months from now to elect a mayor to fill the rest of Joe Shaw’s term, which ends in 2018.
    Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson said the S.C. Election Commission has set Feb. 23, 2016, as the date for the special election for the mayor’s seat on Lancaster City Council.
    Until that time, city councilman John Howard, mayor pro tem, will assume the responsibilities of the office.

  • Hands-on mayor for 33 years

    Joe Shaw, the second-longest-serving mayor in S.C. history and winner of the state’s highest civilian honor, wasn’t a complicated man.
    It was God, family and friends for Shaw, said his wife and high school sweetheart Charlotte Shaw. And he had a whole lot of friends.
    Shaw died early Nov. 29 at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C., after an almost month-long bout of double pneumonia. He was 83.

  • TLN plans tribute to Joe Shaw

    Please send us your thoughts about Mayor Joe Shaw, your memories of him as a person and as a politician. We will publish a special memorial to him this week. Email editor@thelancasternews.com, drop off a letter at our office, 701 N. White St., or mail it to Editor, The Lancaster News, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721. Comments can also be left at www.thelancasternews.com.

  • Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw dies

    Joe Shaw, mayor of Lancaster for 33 years and winner of South Carolina's highest civilian honor, died Sunday.
    Shaw, 83, died after a brief illness at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C.
    No one had a greater passion for Lancaster and its people than Shaw. From his days as a student in the hallways at Lancaster High School to city hall, where he served as Lancaster's mayor for 33 years, Shaw was a community advocate in every sense.

  • Lancaster County’s 2nd killing in 4 days

    A Lancaster County man was shot to death in his car late Saturday night on Douglas Road, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reported.
    Deputies were dispatched to the area at 11:20 p.m. after someone reported hearing gunshots. As deputies responded, a second caller indicated that someone had been shot and had struck a residence with his vehicle.

  • Seminar brings awareness, strategies to churches

    Standing on stage at Lancaster’s Second Baptist Church, Kershaw First Baptist deacon Brandon Rollins is laying out some blunt realities for the crowd of 300 gathered to hear him speak.
    He’s already told them to be suspicious of strangers visiting their churches, wary of new volunteers, aware of members’ private lives and willing to pry to keep church personnel accountable for their online activities.
    His closer was even more jarring.
    “We have to get away from that ‘living by faith’ thing,” Rollins said.

  • Three churches burglarized

    Three area churches were burglarized between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21, including two on Main Street in Heath Springs and another at a church outbuilding on Zion Road north of Lancaster.
    Nothing was stolen in the three incidents.
    The first of the three burglaries occurred at Total Restoration Ministries at 114 S. Main Street in Heath Springs between 4:10 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 18.