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  • Waccamaw Bank fails, taken over by FDIC

    Waccamaw Bank in Heath Springs is now First Community Bank.

    On Friday, June 8, the N.C. Office of the Commissioner of Banks closed the failed bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver, according to an FDIC press release issued that day.

    To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into an agreement with First Community Bank to assume all the deposits of Waccamaw Bank.

  • Catalano to step down at USCL

    Dr. John Catalano has decided to return full time to his chief passion.

    Catalano, dean at University of South Carolina Lancaster for 11 years, announced he will step down from the post, effective Dec. 31. 

    Beginning in January 2013, he will be a full-time instructor of philosophy and logic.

    He informed USCL’s faculty and staff of his decision in an e-mail Saturday, June 10.

  • Meet the ‘Flamingo Flockers’

    When he leaves for work each morning, Dr. Art Morris has grown accustomed to seeing squirrels beneath the majestic oaks in the front yard of his Forest Drive home.

    But last week, those squirrels had a little company.

    On June 6, Morris went outside to find more than a dozen pink plastic flamingos beside his driveway and a note on the back door.

    Morris knows who placed them there, well at least, sort of.

    He even knows how they got there. They came courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church’s Flamingo Flockers.

  • Man sentenced in death of Heath Springs woman

    CONWAY – A year after a Heath Springs woman was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Horry County, a Hartsville man pleaded guilty last week to causing the crash. 

    Don Leget Marsh, 59, will serve a year in prison and three more years on probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide on June 7, according to Horry County Solicitor’s Office representatives.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.

    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Bundy, Carnes win in Republican primary election

     Two victors emerged Tuesday night in Lancaster County’s primary election- Republicans Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes.

  • Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.

  • Downed utility line cuts power to more than 2,500 homes

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The 400 block of Arch Street between McCardell and Hughes streets is blocked off after a power line fell about 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    The energized line started a small fire, but extinguished itself before firefighters could arrive. The downed power line is near the front driveway of Municipal Park and the Wayne Fields All Children’s Playground.
    At 3 p.m. Duke Energy reported more than 2,500 homes in the county – some as far east as the Antioch Community – were without power.

  • Smoking ban, budget top issues for council

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The annual budget process and a proposed countywide smoking ban will keep Lancaster County Council busy at its meeting Monday night, June 11.
    Council will hold a public hearing, followed by a vote on second reading, of the county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The fiscal year begins July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.
    Council is currently considering several additions to a budget which is at least $1.65 million out of kilter.

  • Primary Day information

    u Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    u Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land (District 7)
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Dwight – Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Hyde Park – Hyde Park Baptist Church Recreation Building, 1898 Flat Creek Road, Lancaster (District 3)