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  • Consumer Affairs closes ‘pre-need’ casket case

    A Lexington County man who faced a fine of up to $10,000 after he was accused of selling $300 “pre-need” caskets without a state license had his case closed recently by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs.

  • Martie Tiller named interim prinicpal at Chester High School

    CHESTER – When the first bells ring at Chester High School on Aug. 19, students will welcome an interim principal for the new academic year.
    Martin B. “Martie” Tiller will replace former CHS Principal Jeff Gardner who recently was named associate superintendent of operations for the Chester County School District. Tiller will serve during the 2013-14 academic year, said Superintendent Dr. Agnes Slayman.

  • Four file for open seat on GF town council

    GREAT FALLS – Three former town council members and a previous contender have filed for the open seat on the Great Falls Town Council.
    Councilman Zack Williams submitted his letter of resignation July 9.
    Former town councilman Earl Taylor was the first person to file for the vacant seat. He filed July 23.
    Taylor was followed by Darla Wynne who has made several unsuccessful runs for council. Former town councilman Kenny Johnson filed a letter of intent July 25.

  • Performance on PASS, HSAP tests shows slight gain

    Results of the most recent round of  Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and High School Assessment Program (HSAP) tests were also released by the state Department of Education on Thursday, Aug. 2.
    According to that data, Lancaster County students overall showed improved performance in all five subject areas of last year’s PASS and HSAP tests with its significant gains made among several at-risk subgroups.

  • Lancaster native accused of purse snatching in Rock Hill

    A Lancaster native with a host of active charges is once again in trouble with York County authorities after he reportedly snatched a woman’s purse last week in Rock Hill.
    Aaron Shah Khan, 37, has been charged with strong arm robbery and first-degree assault and battery, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
    Police came to the Food Lion on Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill on Tuesday, July 30, in response to a robbery call.

  • ETV’s Amanda McNulty wears more than one gardening hat

     

    Gregory A. Summers

  • ETV’s Amanda McNulty wears more than one gardening hat

    For many with green thumbs, Amanda McNulty is the face of gardening in the Palmetto State.

    But the popular host of SCETV’s “Making It Grow” wears more than one gardening hat.

    Known for her sense of humor and use of unusual analogies that help people connect with the good earth, McNulty will speak Thursday night, Aug. 8, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Building as part of the 2013 Katawba Valley Land Trust Lecture Series.

  • Firefighters respond to electrical fire at monogram business

    A large fan whirred nearby as firefighters worked to clear a thin haze from a monogram business minutes after a small electrical fire Wednesday, July 31.
    The large contingent of firefighters, along with several ladder trucks, turned up in force at about 4 p.m. outside Maple Street Monograms, 1329 S.C. 9 Bypass.
    Several county Fire Service pickups also dotted the parking lots of surrounding businesses, with their red lights blazing, as fire officials set up staging areas to respond.

  • Man arrested in Thursday arson of mobile home

    The neighbor of a man whose mobile home was engulfed in flames early Thursday, Aug. 1, was arrested this week on charges of arson and burglary.

    Donald Joseph Wheeler III, 27, 3231 Cedar Circle, was arrested Friday, Aug. 2, on charges of first-degree burglary and third-degree arson, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  

  • DHEC cuts 7 positions at health department

    Lancaster County Health Department has undergone more changes.

    Jim Beasley, a spokesman with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, has confirmed that the local department, 1833 Pageland Highway, has lost seven administrative positions.

    The Lancaster News recently heard rumors of a change. An anonymous caller last week told the newspaper seven of the health department’s employees had their jobs affected. The woman said that of those seven employees, three decided to retire while the other four are being transferred to Richland County.