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  • Locals set to aid in hurricane aftermath

    With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast on Friday, the Upper Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross didn’t wait around to find out where it was making landfall to respond.

    In fact, by Friday afternoon the organization already had five volunteers working their way north to duty stations from North Carolina to New York City.

    Three of those volunteers, Sheryl Ferguson, Cricket Harper and Richard Knight, are from right here in Lancaster and riding out the storm in Rocky Mount, N.C., Richmond, Va. and New York City, respectively.

  • Distrust lingers

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A lone sign waved in the air over a crowd of residents during Lancaster County Council’s Monday night meeting, but its message summed up the evening.
    In large red and black letters, an Indian Land resident had scrawled the words, “Help Edenmoor Please.”

  • Council unveils new maps

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    With a laser pointer in hand, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis unveiled the county’s first attempt at a new redistricting map Monday night.
    Pointing at seven brightly colored areas on a large white map, Willis walked Lancaster County Council members through proposed changes to the county’s districts.
    The most notable change is the creation of two districts in the Panhandle, split into northern and southern portions.

  • Store employee hit by vehicle

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A supermarket employee was struck by a car as he tried to confront a suspected shoplifter earlier this month.  
    The assault happened in the parking lot of Food Lion, at 1730 Airport Road, about 8:45 p.m. Aug. 6, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Woman assaulted at finance company

    A conversation about an overdue loan payment reportedly turned violent for two women late last week.  

    An officer with the Lancaster Police Department came to Security Financial, 307 S. Main St., about 1:45 p.m. Aug. 19, after being dispatched about a fight in progress. 

    An employee said Deidra Gaither, a client, entered the building and told her not to call her anymore about an outstanding balance, according to a police department incident report.

  • Heath Springs woman assaulted at home

    A Heath Springs man was released from jail earlier this month, just days after he was arrested on drug and domestic violence charges. 

    Davorus Montray Ealy, 22, 1825 Hoke Road, was charged Aug. 7 with criminal domestic violence – high and aggravated and possession of marijuana. 

  • Masonic lodges to help HOPE

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Elaine Adkins wasn’t a bit surprised when two members of the Widow Sons Masonic Riders Association showed up at HOPE in Lancaster on Monday morning.
    That’s because every time the agency needs a hand, someone in the community lends one.
    A faith-based, nonprofit organization, HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis. It assists with utilities, mortgages, rent and food.

  • IL resident angry over power bill

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    When is a dollar too much money to pay?
    For one Indian Land woman, it’s when that dollar is the fee to pay her Duke Energy power bill.
    The woman, who spoke to The Lancaster News  anonymously, said the problem arose as she tried to pay her power bill in person last week.
    With a slow economy, seesawing stock market and high unemployment, the woman has been doing what she can to avoid paying any extra money associated with her bills.

  • Accidents close U.S. 521

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Two wrecks in short succession blocked both lanes of U.S. 521 on Wednesday for nearly two hours.
    The first accident, on U.S. 521 North, occurred about 10:30 a.m. about a mile south of North Corner Road, followed by a second accident in the southbound lane about 30 minutes later, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.

  • Sheriff’s office begins Drug Take Back

    From sheriff’s
    office press release
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is implementing its permanent Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
    The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
    Permanent deposit receptacles have been installed at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, at 1941 Pageland Highway in Lancaster, and at the sheriff’s office substation, 8290 Charlotte Highway in Indian Land.