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  • LAPS, city police dept. to hold toy giveaway

    Children can come get free gifts while the adults learn more about deterring crime in their city.
    That’s the plan for an upcoming toy giveaway sponsored by crime-prevention group Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.
    The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at several parks throughout the city.
    Organizers will be at each park for an hour. Following are the locations and the times.
    • 11 a.m. – Pardue Street Park, 101A Pardue Circle

  • New pantry helps hungry in Indian Land

    By Reece Murphy

    INDIAN LAND – In these days of economic uncertainty and a 14.2 percent local unemployment rate, it’s no secret there are a lot of people struggling to make ends meet in Lancaster County.
    And like the county, so it goes in Indian Land.
    Until recently, if you lived in the growing Panhandle community and happened to be among those struggling to put food on the table, you had few choices since the closest food pantries were in Lancaster and Fort Mill.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for two awards


    At the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 27, two special honors will be announced. County residents are invited to submit nominations for these community awards.
    Volunteer of  the Year
    Nominations for the Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award are now being accepted.
    Residents, businesses and volunteer organizations are invited to place a name in nomination for this award.  

  • Former police officer files suit

    A former sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department is suing the department and two of its members for money he said he’s owed after being fired earlier this year.
    Pat Parsons, 50, a sergeant who had worked for the department for 11 years, filed suit Thursday in federal district court. He is represented by Columbia-based law firm Gaffney Lewis & Edwards.

  • White to retire as police chief

    Hugh White is stepping down as Lancaster’s police chief.
    White, whose retirement will become effective Jan. 7, has headed the Lancaster Police Department for the last 11 years. He’s worked for the department since 1982.
    White, 51, said he had been thinking about retiring since 2007 and was prompted to do so after hearing about possible changes to the police officer retirement system, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
    He said his retirement had been in the works the last three years.

  • Welcome center has new temporary home

    The county’s welcome center has a new home – at least a temporary new home.
    It moved from the historic Springs House at Catawba and Gay streets to 128 S. Main St., a retail front location in downtown Lancaster.
    “This was a much-needed move,” said Sylvia Hudson, the welcome center specialist. “While I enjoyed the Springs House, this location and the additional space we have here are such blessings.”
    The center moved on Nov. 22 and opened at its new location on Nov. 30.
    Hudson said the move is already paying off.

  • 3 escape injury in mobile home fire

    Mary Miller is thankful her family is safe after a fire destroyed her home early Wednesday morning.
    Miller was working the late shift at Ipex Industrial, a Pineville plastics company, when she learned that her mobile home on Legacy Road was on fire.
    “I got the call about 4 a.m. and that’s when I left work to get home,” Miller said.
    She said her family was sleeping in the mobile home, near Shiloh Unity Road, when they woke to smoke pouring into their room.

  • Three teens involved in wreck

    As Keosha Gladden approached the accident scene, she hoped Shatoya Mobley would be OK.
    Mobley, her friend and classmate, was driving a teal Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in a two-car wreck Wednesday afternoon on Great Falls Highway.
    The accident happened shortly before 5:15 p.m. in front of the EnMark gas station.
    Mobley, 17, was traveling south on Great Falls Highway when a white Chevrolet Cavalier pulled out into the road, said Senior Trooper Ilean Granata of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Firefighter dies after training exercise

    Chief Craig Roof of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department remembers Dillon Denton as a man who was always willing to help.
    Denton, a volunteer fire lieutenant with the department, died Tuesday morning after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 64.
    Roof knew Denton for more than three years, and served as his chief for the last year. He said Denton was someone he could count on when he needed a hand.

  • Report: Woman assaulted with a brick

    A Lancaster woman was hit in the head with a brick during an altercation with another woman late last week.
    The victim, a 32-year-old Pageland Highway resident, told police that she got into an argument with a woman Friday morning at a Pleasant Hill Street home.
    The accused attacked, Rachel Stewart, 47, told police that she punched the woman in the back of the head after the two argued, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Stewart, of 1900 Springdale Road, Lancaster, was charged Friday with aggravated assault and battery.