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  • Graduation: Lancaster High School

    Heavy rains didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 2011 graduating class of Lancaster High School.

    Graduation ceremonies were moved from Memorial Stadium to the Lancaster High gym after torrential rains fell in the area Friday evening.

    “No rain is going to stop us,” graduate Richie Harper said. “It’s just water.  The Class of 2011 wont melt.”  

    The 327 Lancaster High graduates faced their final high school ceremony with mixed emotions.  

  • Weedy package leads to arrest

    A package caused quite a commotion when it arrived at the Lancaster post office  Thursday, but local authorities were ready for it.

    As part of a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service, a Lancaster man was arrested Thursday after he accepted a package that was mailed to him containing 15.7 ounces of marijuana. 

  • Two face attempted murder

    Authorities have arrested two people and are searching for one more from an April shooting that wounded a Heath Springs man. 

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Rock Hill woman and a Charlotte man were arrested separately over the last month in connection with an April 20 incident in which a man was shot after interrupting an apparent burglary.

  • Friends remember Mathis for his work with pageants, real estate

    News of C.B. Mathis’ death dampened the mood for many around town last week and likely had the same effect among the dozens of lives he touched across the nation. 

    A Lancaster native, Mathis co-owned and operated a real estate company, but may be remembered more for his formal-wear business and the work he did in the world of pageantry as a result. 

    Mathis died Wednesday at age 66. His funeral was Friday at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster. 

  • SWAT hits biker hangout

    Staff reports

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided the Hells Angels MC South Carolina Nomads clubhouse on Doby’s Bridge Road in Indian Land on Thursday evening, though sheriff’s officials are remaining tight-lipped as to why.

    Maj. David Belk with the sheriff’s office offered few details regarding the incident, except to say the sheriff’s SWAT team conducted the operation at the request of the Rock Hill Police Department. 

  • 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.