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County preps to apply for grant funds

By Chris Sardelli

Community needs for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods were the subject of a special discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting last week.

Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments held a public hearing at the March 29 meeting to gather ideas about community needs for housing, public facilities and economic development. The annual discussion is used to develop a needs-assessment list so the county can apply for Community Development Block Grant funds.


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Council looks to protect memorial

By Chris Sardelli

John Baker was furious when he saw the damage to the area around the J. Marion Sims monument in Heath Springs.


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Teen faces multiple gun, assault charges

By Jenny Arnold

A 17-year-old was arrested on several assault and gun charges after residents said he shot at a home on Sowell Street on April 3.

Martiquos Javon McIlwain, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was charged with assault with intent to kill, simple assault, unlawful possession of a pistol, discharging a firearm in the city, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and threatening the life of a public official.


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Report says she forged $137,297 in checks since October 2007

Woman, 47, accused of taking church funds

By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW " A woman has been charged with taking more than $137,000 from Kershaw First Baptist Church over the last few years.

Brenda Marie Coates, 47, of 223 Youngs Bend Road, Kershaw, has been charged with 46 counts of forgery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Coates is accused of forging the checks between October 2007 and last month, according to an incident report. The checks totaled $137,297.22.


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City won't help fund new Charlotte mag

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council members don’t like the idea of  helping fund a new Charlotte business magazine.

City Administrator Helen Sowell asked council Tuesday to consider providing $7,000 to support the Charlotte USA Economic Development Guide, a startup publication that would promote business expansion and job creation for the 16 counties part of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

Lancaster County is one of the four South Carolina counties in the partnership.


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Hot weather, high pollen count caused misery for many people

By Jenny Arnold

Beckie Johnson of Lancaster was tired of the yellow haze that covered about every outdoor surface or was flying through the air earlier this week.

Johnson suffers from spring allergies, caused by the yellow pollen. She usually has the sniffles this time each year, but it was worse this spring.

“I can’t even go outside without sneezing,” Johnson said. “It’s horrible. Even sitting inside, taking medicine, it’s bad.”


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School to host its 12th annual Spring Festival this Saturday

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INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations invite everyone to their 12th annual Spring Festival this Saturday.

The festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the elementary school bus parking lot. The festival, which has an international theme, will feature games, rides, food, a silent auction and entertainment.


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Paws in the Panhandle holds weekly adoption drives

By Chris McGinn

INDIAN LAND – More than 5,000 animals in Lancaster County were put to death last year because they did not have a home. A new organization called Paws in the Panhandle Rescue and Adoption wants to change that with the help of Indian Land animal lovers.

Gloria Davey founded Paws in the Panhandle in January to reduce the euthanasia rates of adoptable pets in the community. Her goal is to find homes for the animals in shelters in Lancaster and surrounding counties.


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Kershaw group requests $10,000 for tennis courts

By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW " The Kershaw Park Council asked Town Council for $10,000 to renovate the tennis courts at Stevens Park at council’s March 15 meeting.

The town will likely be unable to contribute, but Beverly Timmons said the project will go on. And with colorful balloons tied to the podium in Town Hall, she told council members about the kick-off for the park’s master plan.


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Camp Creek woman continues to battle rare liver illness

By Jesef Williams

Carson Powers Jr. hates to see his mother sit in her living room all day, depressed about the host of illnesses that have weakened her body.


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