• Constitutional amendments on ballot focus on retiree benefits

    Voters will have the chance to vote on two amendments to the state constitution on Tuesday that could affect retiree benefits in South Carolina.

    Amendments 2 and 3 focus on "post-employment benefits," which are benefits provided to state and local government retirees. These benefits usually take the form of health insurance. Amendment 2 focuses on state government and school district retirees, while Amendment 3 focuses on local government post-employment benefits.

  • Voter interest high as historic election season winds down

    Long lines are expected on Tuesday, as voters get the chance to choose not only a new president, but local politicians to represent them as well.

    Precincts are expected to be packed with voters who are participating in a presidential election that will make history with either the first black president or the first woman vice president emerging as the winner.

  • Safe Passage closes shelter due to funding problems

    After four years of helping abuse victims find help in their hour of need, the Safe Passage Shelter has closed its doors in Lancaster.

    The shelter opened in 2004 and has provided assistance to hundreds of victims, including men, women and children.

    Safe Passage has sheltered more than 100 people this year, with 38 of those people from Lancaster County. Victims will now be directed to shelters in York and Union counties.

  • Election commission says voting should go smoothly

    As thousands of Lancaster County residents get ready to vote Tuesday, the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission is taking measures to make sure the day goes smoothly.

    Rick Crimminger, chairman of the local commission, said that while there were some glitches with machines in the election two years ago, he expects this election to go as smoothly as the primaries went earlier this year.

  • Conservation, watershed board seats up for grabs

    Phil Cleveland and Michael Windhorn are vying for one open seat on the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation Board in Tuesday's election.

    The soil and water conservation district aims to increase awareness of local natural resources by talking about conservation and environmental issues to schools, community leaders and other residents.

    The commissioners attend monthly meetings in the county and receive training at statewide functions. The seat is countywide, non-partisan and comes without pay or benefits.

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  • 50 face drug charges

    A helicopter circled above Lancaster County on Thursday as the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office rounded up suspects on drug warrants.

    The sheriff's office concluded Operation Rolling Thunder, the second part of this year's major drug operation, as teams of deputies searched the county with warrants in hand for about 50 suspected drug dealers.

    The charges are based on undercover drug buys made throughout the county.

  • Two men charged in shooting

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged two men in connection with a shooting on Crenson Drive on Oct. 4.

    Allen Wesley Massey, 21, of 422 Helm St., and Timothy Blair, 22, of 2206 Pardue St., were arrested Wednesday and have been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, said sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland.

    According to an incident report, the 32-year-old shooting victim had just pulled into the driveway of his Crenson Drive home when a man opened the passenger side door and demanded money.

  • County to vote on accepting IL roads for maintenance

    County Council will consider more requests to accept roads into its maintenance system Monday night.

    There has been debate recently about what roads Lancaster County will accept for maintenance. County officials say the county has little money for road maintenance.

    Council will consider a request Monday to accept roads from the Arlington and Clairemont neighborhoods in Indian Land.

    There was some question earlier this year about whether the county would accept roads from Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Voters to decide how to pay for courthouse

    It was once a question of "if" Lancaster County would build a courthouse using a 1-cent sales tax.

    That was before a fire, set by an arsonist, destroyed the second floor of the 180-year-old Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

    Now, County Council has decided the county can no longer postpone building a new courthouse.

    Council approved an installment-purchase plan to build a $33 million courthouse this fall and decided to pay for it with a penny sales tax or an increase in property taxes.

    How it's paid for will be decided in a referendum on Tuesday's ballot.

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