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Mackey believes divine intervention saved him

By Jesef Williams

Gonza Mackey believes it was divine intervention that has allowed him to live to tell his story.

It was shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 16.

Mackey, 24, had just left the Grown Folks Club on U.S. 521 and gotten in his four-door Chevrolet Caprice. He planned to drive home and meet with some friends afterward.

But he didn't get far. His car collided with a car that made a U-turn. The impact overturned Mackey's car and ejected him.


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Is water OK to drink?

By Jenny Hartley

Indian Land resident Meta Wasson wants some answers.

Wasson said Lancaster County Water and Sewer District officials won't answer questions about a public notice she received in her water bill on June 17. The notice warned her of a higher than normal contaminate level in the county's drinking water. Her questions were referred to the district's water treatment plant, but the director is on vacation.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control hasn't been much help either, Wasson said.

"Why were we not notified in a timely manner?" Wasson asked.


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Six volunteers from county help Midwest flood victims

By Jenny Hartley

Six Lancaster County residents are helping those in flood-ravaged areas of the Midwest pick up the pieces in the aftermath of severe storms and torrential rain.

Sheryl Ferguson, a nurse, returned to Lancaster from Madison, Wis., on Wednesday. She stayed on the move, going to different areas, checking on residents and advising people to take tetanus shots.

She did blood-pressure checks and spoke to residents about other medical and emotional needs.


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City backs USCL drive

By Johnathan Ryan

The city of Lancaster wants to support the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, but doesn't want to approve more taxes to do it.

As an amendment to the 2008-09 city budget, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $33,350 out of a contingency fund account in the general budget to support a fundraiser, which will commemorate the university's 50th anniversary in 2009.

Councilman Preston Blackmon was not present.


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With oversight, city agrees to give See Lancaster $100,000

By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council, which yanked nearly $200,000 in funding from the promotions and tourism group See Lancaster earlier this month, agreed Tuesday to give some funds back to the group.

Council agreed to allot $100,000 for the group, but the money won't be paid in one lump sum. The money will be given to the group on a receipt-reimbursement basis each month, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.


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29707 residents must begin using new ZIP

By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – If you haven't made changes to your personal information using Indian Land's 29707 ZIP code issued last year, the time is now.

The new ZIP – 29707 – was added to the U.S. Postal Service's database on July 1, 2007, to assist with the growth in that area, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.

Indian Land used to share a ZIP code – 29715 – with Fort Mill residents in neighboring York County.


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Breaking News State Law Enforcement Division investigates a county employee

By Jenny Hartley

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating a Lancaster County employee.Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he could say very little about the case. The employee no longer works for the county as of last week.


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Nine Red Hat clubs helping homeless shelter network

By Johnathan Ryan

The organizers of Family Promise, a group hoping to organize a network of homeless shelters among area churches by this fall, will get a helping hand from a group of local women Thursday.

Nearly all of the local chapters of the Red Hat Society are sponsoring a Chinese auction to benefit Family Promise starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Building in Lancaster.

"We really believe in this," said Darlene Hallman, a member of Lancaster's Ramblin' Red Hatters. "This is only the second fundraiser they (Family Promise) have had."


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Council eyes $14 tax hike in new budget

By Jenny Hartley

A $14 tax increase for the average homeowner will help fund several county agencies and a raise for county employees.

County Council met Monday to continue talking about the proposed $31 million 2008-09 budget. Council is expected to approve third and final reading of the budget at next Monday night's council meeting. Fourteen dollars is what would be added to the tax bill for a $100,000 home.

Council members received a third draft of the budget on Monday night, which included the tax increase.


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Domino's Pizza opens store

By Elizabeth DePasquale

INDIAN LAND - Mack Patterson manned the phones on June 3 at the new Domino's in the Commons at Doby's Bridge shopping center. That was the first day of business for the pizzeria, and, as owner, Patterson was involved in every task.

Judging by the level of energy and excitement inside, one would never guess that Patterson had done this more than 40 times before.

"This is my 42nd store in our franchise," Patterson said. "I see all the stores on a regular basis."

They are spread out over Mecklenburg, Gaston and Lincoln counties.


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