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Today's News

  • County cracks down on sex offenders

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    One man was arrested this week and five others are being sought as part of a sweeping, joint sex offender operation between local and federal authorities.
    The joint initiative, dubbed “Operation Lights Out” and comprising members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals, was revealed during a press conference Friday, Oct. 26, at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.

  • Sheriff’s office wins award

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    Members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office learned last week their agency was the winner of a state excellence award.
    The sheriff’s office is this year’s recipient of the Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    Sheriff Barry Faile formally announced the award on Friday, Oct. 26, only moments after presenting the results of a joint operation between his office and the U.S. Marshals office.

  • School board joins settlement in federal antitrust case

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County school board members agreed to join municipalities and other entities across the country in a settlement with a major international investment bank resulting from a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust case that gained international attention last year.
    The unanimous vote came during the school board’s monthly meeting Oct. 16, during which district staff updated school board members on the district’s progress toward national common core standards.

  • SCDOR breach exposes Social Security, debit and credit card info

    from S.C. Department of Revenue

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Revenue announced Friday that about 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber attack.

    Of the credit cards, the vast majority (all but about 16,000) are protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under demanding credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders.

  • Vote Yes signs, referendum wording are misleading

    This is a letter to address the deception being perpetrated by the proponents of Sunday alcohol sales in Lancaster County. It has been stated in previous articles that there is no organized opposition to the referendum.
    That is not true. The 5:18 Movement has been working with local churches to mount opposition to the sales of alcohol on the Lord’s Day. Our name comes from Ephesians 5:18, which says, “Be not drunk with wine....but be filled with the Spirit.”

  • City invests $900K in biz park

    The city of Lancaster is putting forth significant money to help develop a business park near Lancaster County Airport on S.C. 9.

    Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, meeting to allocate $900,000 to extend city water and sewer services to the Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park, a project that’s being jointly planned by Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County Council.

    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against Tuesday’s measure.

  • Belair 1 precinct moves to Sun City

    The U.S. Department of Justice has approved a polling place and name change for Indian Land’s Belair I precinct.

    Despite Justice Department notification in early October, state elections officials began sending voters notice of the change only late last week, thanks largely to a precinct resident’s curiosity regarding the status of the pending change. 

  • Candidates speak out at second forum

    Watch the video from the first candidate forum

    U.S. House District 5 challenger Joyce Knott came out swinging against incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the second Before You Vote – 2012 Candidate Forum, though their meeting, like the one between County Council District 5 candidates, remained largely straightforward and focused on the issues.

  • Publix opens Indian Land location

    INDIAN LAND – At 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, a line formed at the new Publix location, across from Indian Land High School on Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521). Shoppers came out to the store’s grand opening, perhaps just to see what Publix was all about.

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney was in attendance, along with Lancaster County Councilman Larry McCullough and Publix media and community relations manager  Dwaine Stevens. Store manager Chris Cook welcomed the crowd.

  • Kershaw residents now required to have roll-out trash containers

    KERSHAW – Roll-out trash containers are now a requirement for Kershaw residents.

    At its most recent meeting on Oct. 15, Kershaw Town Council passed final reading to amend an existing town ordinance that pertains to residential garbage-collection containers.