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Huffman making second bid for House seat

By Johnathan Ryan

Donald Huffman has joined the competition between Lancaster County Councilman Fred Thomas and Kershaw Administrator Tony Starnes for the Democratic Party nomination for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

Huffman, 59, a retiree from Springs Industries and former small business owner, ran for the seat two years ago, but was defeated by then County Councilman Alston DeVenny in the primary. Republican Mick Mulvaney went on to win the seat.


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No threats reported at LHS on Friday

By Jesef Williams

Contrary to rumors, school officials said there were no fights, discovery of weapons or anything else at Lancaster High School on Friday that would have prompted a lockdown.

Lancaster High Principal Dr. Joe Keenan said extra police officers were called in Friday morning merely for precaution.

He said a rumor was spread Thursday at school that a fight was going to take place on Friday. However, there were no discipline issues the entire day. Also, officials didn’t find anything at the school that would raise concern Friday.


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Students reach out to girl who lost everything in house fire

By Jesef Williams

They’re probably too young to understand the ins and outs of home insurance. And they may not be able to explain all the conditions that might cause a house fire.

But there’s one thing for sure – North Elementary School kindergartners realize how much help a person needs if they lose their home in a fire.

Saniiya Mingo, a kindergartner at the school, has received much support from fellow students and her teachers after her Chandler Place home burned a week ago.

Take kindergartner Julia Sowell, for instance.


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Battle brewing over cancer center

By Johnathan Ryan

There appears to be a battle on the horizon between companies that want to build a cancer radiation treatment center in Lancaster.

South Carolina Oncology Services, owned by 21st Century Oncology of Fort Myers, Fla., and the Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center, owned by Piedmont Medical Center of Rock Hill and Carolinas HealthCare System of Charlotte, applied for a certificate of need from the state.

South Carolina Oncology Services applied for the certificate on May 15, 2007, and the Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center applied for the certificate on Aug. 9, 2007.


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Storms cause no severe damage in county

By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster County was lucky, despite tornado warnings and the severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said while no property damage from the storms had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, people were still on edge.

“There were a lot of people concerned last night, and for good reason,” Russell said. “But I think we got lucky again.”


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Annual Relay for Life just a few weeks away

By Johnathan Ryan

The American Cancer Society has enjoyed consistent support from Lancaster County for 13 years, as  local residents have managed to raise more than $1 million for research during the annual Relay for Life.

Despite hard economic times, volunteers are confident giving will stay plentiful in this year’s Relay for Life.


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Revised dog control ordinance up for a vote Monday

By Jenny Hartley

County Council will go to the dogs again Monday night, this time with a revamped ordinance on animal control laws.

Last month, council drew both the ire and support of residents when it proposed designating all pit bulls, American bulldogs and Perro de Presa Canario dogs as dangerous, regardless of whether the dogs have ever attacked anyone.


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Driver escapes collision without serious injuries

By Jesef Williams

A man driving a Honda Civic was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was struck by an 18-wheeler at the intersection of S.C. 9 Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road.

Lancaster police got a call at 6:20 p.m. about the accident. When officers arrived, the truck was rammed into the right side of the Honda, Sgt. Paul Smith said.

According to witnesses, Tracey Jeffcoat, the driver of the truck, was traveling east on S.C. 9 Bypass and the Honda was coming from Camp Creek Road, heading through the intersection to Meeting Street, Pfc. Dustynn Burlingame said.


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Friends reach out to family who lost home to fire

By Jesef Williams

Nothing much remains of Denise McMurray’s brick house on Chandler Place.

Parts of the exterior look fine from afar. But once you step closer, ashes and smoke residue consume the interior.

The roof on the right side of the house is caved in, and the walls and ceilings are burned so badly that the house’s foundation is exposed.

McMurray’s single-story home is a total loss. It burned Sunday night in what officials call an accidental fire that started in the garage. The value of the home was $150,000.


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Group wants 160 local businesses to sign pledge to help stop underage drinking

By Jesef Williams

Businesses that sell alcohol are being asked to help curtail underage drinking in this area.

The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition is asking restaurants, bars and other establishments  to sign a covenant that says they will not sell alcohol to minors and will help patrons make better decisions.

Prevention coalition members and a group of volunteers went out to businesses Thursday seeking their participation.


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