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  • Red Cross vacates office

    Although its staff will soon be leaving its Woodland Drive office, the local American Red Cross wants Lancaster County residents to know that none of its services will be affected. 

    Rebecca Melton, executive director for the Red Cross’ Upper Palmetto Chapter, said last week that the Lancaster Red Cross has chosen not to renew its lease at 106-C Woodland Drive, where it’s been housed the last three years. The lease expires at the end of this month. 

  • Man attacked with bat

    Lancaster police may issue a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of attacking a man with a baseball bat May 20. 

    An officer was waved down near the intersection of Gooch and Main streets in Lancaster by a woman driving a gray Dodge truck, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The woman said she was taking her boyfriend to the hospital because he had just been hit in the mouth with a baseball bat, the report said. 

  • Mom charged in toddler’s death

    A Lancaster mother was arrested Thursday in Rock Hill in connection with the death of her 18-month-old son last week.
    Yasika Sherreeka Patterson, 25, of 1999 Pinta Drive, was arrested May 26 for murder/ homicide by child abuse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Patterson was arrested by the Rock Hill Police Department and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center, the release said.

  • Honoring a fallen officer

    Under a bright blue sky Wednesday morning, tears streamed down the faces of Cpl. D. Kevin Cusack’s family as his name was added to the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
    Huddled in the front row at the memorial’s rededication ceremony, in the shadows of the historic and new county courthouses, Cusack’s family listened as a reverberating bell chimed for each name on the monument. There were eight chimes in all.

  • County considers tax hikes

    Homeowners may soon see an increase in county taxes as Lancaster County Council considers new funding for higher education and public-safety projects.
    Council voted unanimously Monday to approve second reading of its proposed 2011-12 county budget, which includes two separate millage increases.
    This year’s proposed budget includes an increase of 1 mill in the county’s general fund, a one-tenth of a mill increase in the University of South Carolina Lancaster fund and an increase of $5 in the county road fee.

  • Grads who inspire: Teen mom Christy Newton not a typical high school role model

    Growing up, 19-year-old Christanna “Christy” Newton always wanted to be a legend and make a difference.
    That’s why she wants to be a surgeon.
    “They help make things better,” she said. “A good doctor...your patients don’t forget you.”
    Those who know Newton say she has already made a difference in at least one life – the life of her daughter, Cavanna.
    It’s going to be a long time before anyone at Buford High School forgets Newton and what she has accomplished.

  • ‘Good kid’ loses battle with cancer

    As the last two days of school ebbed away Thursday and Friday, the students and staff of A.R. Rucker Middle School celebrated, a not uncommon scenario for most schools this time of year.
    But their celebration was of another sort, one much closer to their hearts.
    While other schools simply celebrated the end of the school year and the start of summer vacations, A.R. Rucker honored the memory of one of their own, seventh-grader Harley Manus, 13.

  • City Council passes first reading of $20M budget

    Though no cost-of-living or merit raises are included in the draft for next year’s budget, a number of city of Lancaster employees may see an increase in their salary.
    City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of first reading of the $19.98 million budget for 2011-12. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissented.
    Several city employees could receive a pay increase as adjustments are being made to either their job duties or title, or both.

  • News briefs 5-27-11

    Memorial Day program Sunday
    The Lancaster veterans organizations and their ladies auxiliary members will hold their 20th annual Memorial Day program at Lancaster Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is asked to help place flags on the graves in remembrance of veterans.

  • What’s going down the Foxhole?

    Lancaster County residents aren’t the only ones causing a stink about landfills. Just ask their neighbors to the north.
    Hundreds of Mecklenburg County residents have been out in force over the last few weeks protesting the creation of a sanitary landfill at Ballantyne’s Foxhole Landfill.