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Today's News

  • Priorities list tops meeting agenda

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Whether it’s upgrading water lines or widening roads, residents will have a chance to discuss which proposed county projects have the highest priority at Lancaster Countay Council’s Monday meeting.

  • City Council approves change order for Brooklyn sewer work

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A few thousand dollars are being saved in the continued efforts to revitalize the Brooklyn Avenue area.
    At its Tuesday, March 27 meeting, City Council unanimously approved a change order pertaining to the sewer rehabilitation for phase II of that area’s revitalization efforts.
    The change decreases the amount of money spent after two sewer line segments were removed from the project, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.

  • Third man arrested in Jenika Jones murder

    A third man was arrested Friday in the murder of 23-year-old Jenika Jones.

    Al Martinez Green, 19, 813 1/2 East Dunlap St., was arrested by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies and charged with murder, according to a sheriff’s office press release. As of Friday morning, Green remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.  

    Two other men – Devatee Clinton, 24, 1911 Roseanna Lane and Wayne Blakeney, 20, 5987 Taxahaw Road – were arrested March 9 and both were also charged with murder. 

  • State scores an ‘F’ on integrity

    The resignation of former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, followed shortly by his indictment and guilty plea, marks another milestone in the long road of ethical lapses by public officials in South Carolina. One might have thought that Lost Trust, the 1992 sting operation wherein several legislators were caught essentially selling their votes, would have served as a corrective for future politicians, but they continue to live up (or down) to expectations.

  • Race cars don’t tell the story

    When it comes to racing, cars don’t tell the story, people do.
    Sometime this year, you will hear Lancaster Speedway announcer and track spokesman Duane Goins mention the names of Timbo Mangum, Robbie Helms and a host of other track drivers.
    But chances are you won’t hear Goins mention the names of Danny “Pee Wee” Ellis and Brandon Holmes.
    But trust me, Helms knows who Pee Wee is, and Mangum knows who Holmes is. All you have to do is ask them.

  • Tony Starnes to step down in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is now looking for a new administrator.

    Tony Starnes, who’s held the position since September 2003, announced this week that he is resigning. His last day  is April 30.

    Starnes, 62, said he’s ready to step aside. This will give him the opportunity to “either do something else” or simply enjoy himself while spending more time his family.

    “After you work so long, you get to the point where you’re ready to go,” he said.

  • Mayor calls councilwoman out of order

     

    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says Mayor Joe Shaw needs to grow up – an assertion that followed his dismissal of her motion to give city employees more money.

    During the Tuesday, March 27, City Council meeting, Blackmon-Brace made a motion to give each city of Lancaster employee a $75 stipend (pay supplement) each month for the remainder of the budget year, which ends June 30.

    The move came during a discussion about the 2012-13 budget-planning schedule, which was led by Finance Director James Absher.

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Traumatic brain injuries can happen at any time to anyone at any age.

    To raise awareness of the impact these injuries can have, March was designated as National Head Injury and Disabilities Month. 

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function.

    Joyce Davis, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, said TBIs are the No. 1 cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in South Carolina.

  • Magic Pipe owner faces attempted murder charge

    GASTONIA, N.C. – The owner of a Panhandle business is out on bond as he awaits trial for a December shooting that took place in North Carolina.

    Timothy Lewis Sisk, 42, of Gastonia, N.C., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. The Lancaster News recently learned of the charge.

    Sisk owns The Magic Pipe store in Indian Land.

    Authorities say Sisk shot Bryan Michael Kratz in the face with a .25-caliber handgun outside a bar in Lowell, N.C., on Dec. 13, 2011. Lowell is about 5 miles from Gastonia.

  • Driver runs off road, hits tree

    Two Lancaster County men were hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night, March 28.

    Doug A. Fells, 29, of Kershaw was driving a 1988 Ford Mustang with Christopher Adam Hunter, 32, of Lancaster as the front-seat passenger, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Fells was traveling north on Farmbrook Road at 8:40 p.m. when he came upon a right-hand curve. The car ran off the right side of the road and collided with a tree, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.