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  • Kershaw budget dips, but tax rate will inch up

    KERSHAW – The proposed 2018-19 budget for the town of Kershaw is about $120,000 less than this year’s, but residents are likely to see a slight tax increase anyway.
    Town council voted unanimously Monday night to raise the property tax millage rate to 85 mills from 82 mills in the current budget. The proposed budget is $3.9 million, compared to $4 million this year.

  • Man gets 40 years in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of sexually assaulting a single child multiple times over a five-year period.
    David Matthew Carter, 33, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2016.
    Circuit Judge Steven John sentenced Carter. Jurors returned the verdict after five hours of deliberation over two days. Sixth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Ashley McMahan and Henry McMaster Jr.
    prosecuted the case.

  • Tribute to a joyous soul

    Terri Ledbetter spent every day smiling, dancing, listening to music, praying for her friends and hoping for a picnic. She died unexpectedly three years ago at 43.
    Her mother, Janice Steele, has spent every day since then making sure that Terri would be remembered.
    Her goal was to honor Terri and show gratitude to Terri’s friends at the Chester Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs on Camp Creek Road, where Terri spent two dozen years in the day-program workshop.

  • Sen. Graham backs suspending tariffs on Canadian newsprint

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has co-sponsored legislation to suspend the new tariffs on imported newsprint from Canada.

    Newspaper and printing executives have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – jeopardize the viability of the industry.

    Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King introduced the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018, more commonly called the Print Act.

    The bill has 10 co-sponsors. 

  • Duracell employee airlifted to hospital

    A Duracell employee was injured on the job Monday when he became trapped between a large moving container and a piece of machinery.

    The man was quickly freed by the company’s in-house safety team, said Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan, whose crew responded to the emergency.

    “He was conscious and alert,” McLellan said. “The safety team had him out and packaged on a backboard and ready for transport when we got there.”

  • Post 31 stalwart Gene Wallace dies at 86

    Gene Wallace, a quiet fixture at Lancaster’s American Legion Post 31 for four decades, died Saturday. He was 86. 

    “The man lived and breathed the American Legion and loved veterans,” said Scott Cato, a Post 31 member and JROTC instructor at Buford High School.

    “Gene put forth tremendous effort in everything he did, and did it with old-school hard work.” 

  • Mom, uncle of 1 suspect charged in murder case

    The mother and uncle of one of the defendants in the May 10 Kershaw murder have been arrested, accused of transporting the three suspects away from the area shortly after the double shooting.

    Latoshia Marie Kirkland, 41, and William James Jones, 55, were arrested Monday and charged with misprision of a felony. Jones is also charged with accessory after the fact of murder. 

    Misprision of a felony, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years, is knowing about a crime but not telling authorities.

  • Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

    Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.

    Parnell, who lost a close 5th District special election to Republican Ralph Norman last June, did not deny the abuse, which surfaced in documents from his 1974 divorce. 

    He called his long-ago actions “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” but he refused to withdraw from the race. 

  • AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

    Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.

    The Andrew Jackson High School senior has achieved 12 years of perfect attendance, and is the only graduate in the Lancaster County School District to do so this year. 

    He has not missed one day of school since he started kindergarten at North Elementary School, moved on to A.R. Rucker Middle School and now finishes four years at AJHS. 

  • Beefed-up security at Buford schools

    All three Buford schools will have an increased law-enforcement presence starting Wednesday because of a rumor circulating that someone has threatened a violent attack.

    School officials do not believe that the rumor is credible, but are taking necessary precautions by adding more deputies at the schools.

    “What we had is someone allegedly threatened to shoot up the school,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety director. “The school resource officer [at Buford High School] spent the entire day tracking it down.