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  • Scams target utility customers

    Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

    Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

    Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.

  • That's one fast 'fore' wheeler

    INDIAN LAND – Put away your Corvettes, boys, your fancy new Camaros, your Shelby Mustangs, your Porsche 911s, and don’t even bring your daddy’s old Dodge Viper to the track. None of ‘em stand a chance against one Plum Quick Indian Land golf cart.

    Golf cart? Yes, you read that right – golf cart. 

  • School lunch prices to increase

    Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

    The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

    In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.

  • Finally Fridays adding alcohol

    Starting with the July show, alcoholic beverages will be available at the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday downtown concert series.

    City Council voted 5-1 at its June 26 meeting to allow beer sales at the events, which are held on the last Friday of each month during the summer.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against the motion. Councilman John Howard was not present at the meeting.

  • Eight people rescued from Catawba River

    A day of tubing turned into a late-night water rescue June 23 as eight people were plucked from the fast-moving currents of the Catawba River. 

    The search for the group began shortly after 10 p.m. June 23, after a call came into 911 from a man who said he was stuck in the Catawba River, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The man told a dispatcher he was inner tubing from Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land and could not make it out the water. 

  • Dixie Baseball asks City Council for $300K

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has asked the city of Lancaster for a major financial favor. 

    At City Council’s June 26 meeting, David Hance, board chairman for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program, presented a request for $300,000 from the city’s hospitality tax fund.  

    If granted, the money would go toward upgrades at the two ball fields at Wylie Park. 

  • Friends of Jackie Craine launch cell phone drive

    Friends of domestic- abuse victim Jackie Craine, will remember her life through a cell phone drive from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

    The drive is being held in honor of Craine’s 35th birthday.

    A 1996 graduate of Lancaster High School, Craine, 34, was shot and killed on Jan. 5, 2012, in the parking lot of Avery Lake Apartments in Fort Mill. 

  • Reward offered in theft of AC units

    Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

    The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

  • Two men arrested on cocaine charges

    Two men were arrested during a traffic stop late last month after authorities found cocaine in their car.

    David Frisco Jones, 34, of Lugoff, and Sedric Davel Robertson, 33, 638 Kershaw Club Road, Kershaw, were arrested June 29 and each charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The arrests were made following a traffic stop by investigators with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force on East Richland Street in Kershaw, the release said.

  • Events include loads of family fun

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Get ready to show your patriotic colors. The Fourth of July is right around the corner.
    Even though July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, there will be no humpday slacking in the local celebrations as Lancaster County does it red-, white-and-blue style.
    From parades to parties, fireworks to musical performances, read on for everything you’ll need to know to celebrate a great local Fourth of July right here at home.
    Sun City Carolina Lakes celebrations