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  • Local man charged in Charlotte robberies

    A Lancaster man remains in jail after being charged in two armed robberies in Charlotte over the weekend.
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department charged Aaron Shah Khan, 35, on Sunday with robbery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County jail, according to records from that county’s sheriff’s office.
    The sheriff’s office didn’t have a specific address listed for Khan.
    Charlotte authorities responded to incidents at two hotels that took place in about a 10-minute span Saturday afternoon.

  • ‘Just doing my job’

    KERSHAW – When Jonathan Cook hears others praise him for his service to his country or for his lasting influence in and beyond Kershaw as a lifeguard and swim instructor, he doesn’t understand what the fuss is about.
    Friends say he’d rather stay out of the spotlight and is embarrassed by the attention. His typical response: “I was just doing my job.”
    That may be true from his perspective, but others say it’s how he did his job that made a difference in the lives of the people he touched.

  • City employee recovering after motorcycle wreck

    A city of Lancaster employee is at home recovering after being involved in a single-vehicle accident last week.
    Marty Cauthen, who works in the city’s public works department, was driving his motorcycle southbound on Great Falls Highway about 6 p.m. Nov. 23 when a deer ran out and hit him, said his supervisor, city public works director Jerry Crockett.
    The accident happened near the S.C. 97 intersection, not far from the Chester County line, Crockett said.

  • HOPE receives $5,000 from BI-LO Charities

    Elaine Adkins is excited to have a $5,000 donation to help feed hungry families this holiday season.
    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, recently accepted a $5,000 grant award from BI-LO Charities. HOPE is a local organization that provides food and help with utility bills for local families.
    Adkins traveled to Columbia on Nov. 15 for a special BI-LO holiday event, though at the time she had no idea HOPE would be awarded grant money. Adkins applied for the grant earlier this year.

  • Sumner wins special election

    Bill Sumner will once again hold local elected office.
    Sumner defeated Ronald Burke on Tuesday in a special election for the District 4 seat on the Lancaster County school board. The seat had been held by Dr. Peter Barry, who died in September.
    Sumner got 254 votes (70 percent) and Burke got 103 (29 percent), according to the unofficial results. Al Simpson, who withdrew from the race weeks ago, got two votes.

  • Shoppers find bargains; retailers ring up sales

    Flipping through the crinkled pages of Walmart’s Black Friday store advertisement, Ladawn Garris and her family were on their annual hunt for good deals.
    Garris, along with her daughter, Jessica, and sister, Mary, were at the Lancaster Walmart early Friday morning, searching for Christmas gifts at low prices. By 9 a.m., they had already toured the electronics department and loaded two HP printers into their shopping carts. Both printers were 50 percent off Friday.

  • Election is Tuesday for school board seat

     Voters will return to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the new District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.
    Ronald Burke and Bill Sumner are vying for the post, which was held by Dr. Peter Barry, who died in September.
    District 4 covers neighborhoods near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and areas north of the city of Lancaster, including the Charlotte Highway corridor.
    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the participating precincts.

  • ‘Water war’ between states about to end?

    The “water war” between North Carolina and South Carolina is apparently drawing to a close.
    The North Carolina municipalities Concord and Kannapolis asked the state of North Carolina to allow them to withdraw 46 million gallons of water a day from the Catawba River, which flows through Lancaster and Chester counties. The Catawba is the source of drinking water for both the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District and the Chester Metropolitan (water) District.  

  • Man steals TV, hits car at IL Walmart

    INDIAN LAND – Deputies are searching for a man who stole a television from the Indian Land Walmart and then struck a car in the store parking lot.
    Employees at the Walmart, located near the North Carolina line on U.S. 521, called the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16 about a man they observed stealing several items, according to an incident report.

  • Fake money turns up at two locations

    Fake money has turned up at two locations in Lancaster County.
    In separate incidents last week, counterfeit money was used at two different retail locations.
    On Nov. 19, an employee with Enmark gas station on Great Falls Highway called deputies about a fake $20 bill used during a purchase, according to an incident report. The employee said a customer tried to pay for an item with the counterfeit bill about 7:20 p.m.