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Woman charged with arson in Brooklyn fires

By Jenny Hartley

A Lancaster woman has been charged with arson after her apartment and another building in her neighborhood burned early Tuesday morning.


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Death to PACT bill has local support

By Jesef Williams

The standardized test that South Carolina students have been taking over the last several years may soon be a thing of the past.

Last week, the state House voted unanimously on a bill to do away with the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, which was created in response to the state's 1998 Education Accountability Act.

The "Death to the PACT" bill moved to the state Senate this week.


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Man, 29, shot after holdup at nightclub

By Jesef Williams

Ulyses Oliver believes he might have been killed if an assault on him occurred just a few moments later.

When Oliver stepped outside the Grown Folks club off Kershaw Camden Highway early Friday morning to go home, three men approached him and demanded money. Two had guns and the other man had his hands under his shirt pretending to have a firearm, he said.

Oliver said one of the men told him that they had "wanted to get (him)" for a while.


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Two die in wreck

By Jenny Hartley

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the two people killed in a car crash on Camp Creek Road on Tuesday.

Heather D. Johnson, 19, of 2637 Home Place Lane, and Jose Luise Torres De La Luz, 23, of 1662 Ruth St., died in the crash, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Wednesday.

De La Luz was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force head and chest trauma, Morris said.

Johnson was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday of chest injuries.


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Council wants more input before acting on dangerous dog ordinance

By Jenny Hartley

Most showed up to defend man's best friends - in this case, pit bulldogs.

Others handed out police incident reports and photographs of wounds suffered at the mouths of pit bulls.

It was clear in County Council chambers Monday night - either you love pit bulls, or you hate them, and the county needs to do more work on a proposed ordinance that targets dangerous dogs.


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Professor promotes reading for pleasure

By Jesef Williams

Literacy advocates were encouraged last week to remember the pleasure you can get from reading and to spread that joy with others.

Dr. Linda Gambrell, president of the International Reading Association, was the guest speaker during a special luncheon on Thursday afternoon sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

The event, dubbed For the Love of Reading, was held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.


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More than light in city now

By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND - Employees are moving in, and a new building is under construction at Inspiration Ministries' City of Light campus on U.S. 521.

About 300 people will move into the completed WorldReach Center, a 118,029-square-foot headquarters building, over the next few weeks, said John Roos, senior vice president of corporate communications and research for Inspiration Ministries.


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Springs Close grant helps three men go to college

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Three men from the Lancaster Fatherhood Project are getting the opportunity to further their education with the help of a grant from the Springs Close Foundation.

Each of these men has faced obstacles in their lives and is a testament of the good things that can happen when you are consistent, disciplined and have a positive attitude, Fatherhood Project officials say.

All three men are non-custodial fathers.


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County may tighten dog laws

By Jenny Hartley

County Council will consider an ordinance Monday night that would designate three dog breeds, including pit bulls, as dangerous.

Council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would tighten several of the county’s animal control laws, including how an owner provides water and shelter for dogs kept outside.

The ordinance also designates pit bulls, American bull dogs and perro de Presa Canario dogs, or Canary dogs, as dangerous. Pit bulls have gotten a bad reputation in recent years because they are sometimes used in illegal dog fighting.


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Agents stop package full of pot from being delivered to address

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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says it stopped a package containing 111 pounds of marijuana from coming into the county and has charged a 36-year-old Lancaster man in connection with the incident.

Russell Wayne McClellan has been charged with trafficking in marijuana over 100 pounds and possession of firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to the sheriff’s office.


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