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Department’s founders saw a need for fire protection in mid-1960s

Rich Hill had its first truck before its first station

By Jenny Arnold

Ford Small and Dennis Kirk remember when the Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s first engine arrived.


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Group hopes to organize literacy network here

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The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative commemorated International Literacy Day by inviting segments of the community to a soup and salad lunch Sept. 8 as a means of starting a network involving literacy providers, partners, supporters and others.

Forty e-mail invitations were sent out and 18 people, including city of Lancaster officials, staff from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, private citizens, member agency heads, board members, school personnel and political hopefuls, attended.  


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One man shot, another injured in altercation

By Jesef Williams

One man was shot and another suffered head injuries following a dispute Thursday afternoon near Heath Springs. 

Kamil H. Nassrah, 59, of 1602 Rocky River Road, Lancaster, and Michael E. Hyatt, 60, of 668 Merle Lane, Heath Springs, got into a verbal dispute about 4 p.m. in the middle of the road on Merle Lane, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. 

The dispute escalated into a physical altercation in which Nassrah injured his head and Hyatt was shot in the left side of his abdomen, a press release said. 


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Sanford on education funding: ‘It’s messy and it’s going to get messier’

By Chris Sardelli

As his term in office winds down, Gov. Mark Sanford had some final words for Lancaster residents Tuesday night about education, the economy and the gubernatorial race.


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Restoration nearly done on old courthouse

By Chris Sardelli

After more than a year of construction, repairs on the county’s historic courthouse are nearing completion.

Chad Catledge, courthouse project consultant with Lancaster’s Perception Builders, said the interior of the historic courthouse is almost complete. And with only a few details left to finish on the outside of the building, he said work could be finished by the first week of October.


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Press Association leader: Social gathering likely a FOI-law violation

Officials defend dinner meeting

By Chris Sardelli

Did local officials violate the state’s open-meeting law when they met for dinner Monday in Lancaster?

The answer isn’t crystal clear.

Philip Tillman, who is running for the District 4 seat on County Council, was concerned there was no notification about the meeting and that it was not open to the public. He said a friend who is running for Lancaster City Council told him Monday afternoon about the meeting.


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Paper, ILAC seek forum questions

By Jane Alford

INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway newspaper are seeking your questions for the candidates who will appear at their  Before You Vote 2010 candidates forum.

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel’s auditorium.

The full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots – school board, governor, state and national House and Senate – has been invited to participate.


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Woman tells police she was robbed

By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster woman told officers she was robbed near Southside Early Childhood Center on Hampton Road early Saturday as she sat in a car.

The woman told police that she was riding with a male friend about 3 a.m. and they stopped in the area of Burns Alley.

The woman told police that her friend pulled into a driveway at a home where all the lights were off.

He got out of the car, and a few moments later, the passenger side door opened, and a man put a gun to her head and took her money, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.


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Local boys enjoy chance to be on TV

By Jane Alford

INDIAN LAND – The Koch family of Indian Land got more than it expected out of a two-night stay in Gettysburg, Pa., this summer.

While driving to New York for the Fourth of July, the family stopped in Gettysburg to check out the battlefield during the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-3, 1863.

The morning after they arrived, they met the film crew – Zak Bagans,  Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff – for Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” during breakfast at their hotel.


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Man charged with assaulting nurse at Springs Memorial

By Jenny Arnold

A Heath Springs man was charged Sunday with assaulting a nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

Thomas Anthony Woodward Jr., 40, of 1548 Flint Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, hospital personnel called officers about 7:30 p.m. Sunday because of a disorderly patient.

Hospital staff told officers that the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office brought Woodward to the emergency room to be checked out, but Woodward was not under arrest.


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