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  • Kickoff for March of Dimes Aug, 2

    From Release
    The March of Dimes will kick off the 2011 March for Babies fundraising campaign for the Piedmont South Carolina areas at noon Aug. 2 at the Founders Federal Credit Union headquarters in Lancaster.
    Individuals, families and business throughout the Lancaster, Chester, Cheraw, Chesterfield and Kershaw communities are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies.

  • 3 men arrested for Home Depot burglary

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Old fashioned police work.
    That's how Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith describes what led to the arrest of three men last week who were trying to steal items from The Home Depot.
    According to a police department incident report, an officer was on nightly patrol, checking businesses along S.C. 9 Bypass, when he saw the men at about 2:50 a.m.

  • Man shot during armed robbery on Bradburn Drive

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities are searching for a man who shot and injured a Lancaster man Wednesday morning.
    A 39-year-old Lancaster man was shot twice as he walked with another person along Bradburn Drive at 10:45 a.m., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release. Maj. Matt Shaw with the sheriff's office said the shooting was the result of an attempted armed robbery.

  • A celebration for Chase

    Thursday evening will be all about Chase Gordon.

    That's when the 4-year-old is expected to be greeted by scores of well-wishers at the Lancaster Walmart and will leave will several gifts – all in an effort to show love and make him feel special.  

    The scene will be the latest episode of the Walmart Hearts program. The super center holds these functions across the nation to recognize children dealing with illnesses, handicaps or any other life-altering issues. 

  • SLED charges Kershaw inmate with murder

    A man who's been serving time at Kershaw Correctional Institution now faces a murder charge. 

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged Robert “Bobby” Louis Vaida, 51, with murder in the death of Sandra Kinard. Her body was found on the side of a frontage road in Calhoun County on Feb. 13, 1996. 

    Authorities say Vaida assaulted Kinard in Lexington County, which led to her death. 

    SLED announced the murder charge Friday. 

  • Phone scam turns into death threat

    A Lancaster woman says she received a death threat after a phone scammer tried to get money from her. 

    The woman, a Clinton Avenue resident, told police she got a call Friday night from a man asking is she received a letter indicating she won $1 million, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The woman said she threw the letter away. The caller asked her to wire him $2,500 through Western Union, the report said. 

  • Deadline for NRCS assistance Aug. 1

    From Release

    The deadline to apply for priority assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for two of its farm bill programs is Aug. 1. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control.

  • Alcohol petition reaches its goal

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A petition for a referendum to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants is ready to move forward after receiving more than enough signatures to proceed.
    The petition, started by Indian Land resident Elissa Boyet last August, and supported by a group of like-minded county residents and business owners, had garnered 4,633 signatures as of last week.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint at Pardue Apartments

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in a reported armed robbery that sent a man to the hospital last week.  
    Police came to Springs Memorial Hospital about 5:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a call about a robbery victim who had been taken there.
    The victim, a Pageland man, told officers he met a female acquaintance at a gas station in Lancaster the evening before.

  • Tie vote kills budget amendment

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    First reading of an ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2011-12 county budget failed in a tie vote during Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting.
    The first reading of the ordinance would have started the process of setting several high-profile appropriations in a detailed budget and, potentially, about a 1-mill increase in taxes to pay for them.