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Today's News

  • Thomas sworn in as new magistrate

    Fred Thomas joined a new group of county officials Tuesday as he became a Lancaster County magistrate judge.

    Thomas, the former chairman of Lancaster County Council, was surrounded by his family as he took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at the Temporary Judicial Center on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond recited the oath, while Polly Jackson, a retired educator and former chairwoman of County Council, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

    “This is really an exciting time for all of us,” Jackson said.

  • Four robbed at gunpoint in backyard

    Four people told sheriff’s deputies that they were robbed at gunpoint in the backyard of a Grace Avenue home early Wednesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, one of the victims said three men walked into her backyard about 3 a.m.

    All three men had guns and ordered the victims to stand up and empty their pockets.

  • Sheheen: Sanford should resign

    Less than a week after Gov. Mark Sanford revealed his involvement in an extramarital affair, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has urged him to resign.

    “I think it’s unfortunate that it (this issue) is not going to go away. It just seems to be getting worse and not better,” Sheheen told The Lancaster News on Tuesday. “My concern is that the state’s leadership is not tackling the issues that need to be tackled. And that’s why I’m asking for his resignation.”

  • Little to lead See Lancaster

    Peggy Little will become the director of the recently re-organized See Lancaster, the group that promotes tourism throughout the county.

    Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council voted to merge See Lancaster with the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    With that decision, the city will oversee both entities and is responsible for hiring a staff and appointing a board of directors for See Lancaster.

  • Teens accused of stealing almost $2,000 in cell phones from store

    Two teenagers were charged after police said they shoplifted almost $2,000 in cell phones from Verizon Wireless on Monday.

    The names of the two 15-year-old boys will not be released because of their age.

    Both boys have been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with shoplifting greater than $1,000.

    One of the boys has also been charged with resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.

  • Judge denies bond in reckless homicide case

    Bond was denied for a Lancaster man accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed a 68-year-old motorcyclist almost a year ago.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death by the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened on Aug. 20, 2008.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith denied bond for Hood during a hearing Monday.

  • Council to act on budget

    County Council will vote on final reading of the county’s 2009-10 budget Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this is considered a “continuation budget” because it includes no pay raises, tax hikes, millage increases, layoffs or additional programs than the previous year’s budget. He also said there have been no changes to the budget from the second reading.

    “This is going to be the same as last time,” Willis said.

  • Taylor-made tradition

    There’s a piece of fluorescent orange poster paper taped on the office wall inside the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool on Wylie Street.

    Listed below the contact information for a welder and two swimming pool supply companies is David Taylor’s name and phone number.

    That’s pretty amazing, since Taylor isn’t on the county payroll. You would think that pool manager Midenna Anderson’s name would be listed first.

  • Teen hides in bathroom during home invasion

    A 16-year-old girl hid in her bathroom and called 911 after someone kicked in the door of her Springdale Road home Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the sheriff’s office received a call at 12:47 p.m. from a home on Springdale Road. On the way to the home, deputies learned that the teenager had locked herself in the bathroom.

    When deputies arrived at the home, they found a side door open. Two deputies checked the residence and found the girl in the bathroom, the report said. She was unhurt, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Police department eyes federal grant money

    Up-to-date laptop computers and new accessories for officers’ pistols may soon come into the fold at the Lancaster Police Department.

    Police Chief Hugh White said his department is preparing to submit an application for federal money administered through the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

    The department is eligible for a $20,240 grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). Agencies nationwide apply for the funding, which can be applied to law enforcement, prosecution and court, and prevention programs, among other uses.