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  • Man gets 30 years for slaying

    A nearly three-year-old murder case involving the stabbing death of a 90-year-old Heath Springs woman was concluded Tuesday with the sole suspect pleading guilty to her murder.

    Donald Cleveland Brevard, 20, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the death of Sara Faulkenberry on June 14, 2005. Brevard was 17 at the time of the killing.

  • Officer: Four people tried to take law into their own hands

    Four people are behind bars after authorities say they kidnapped a Lancaster County man and then broke into a Woodcreek apartment home at gunpoint.

    Terrance Jaleel Frames, 21, of 802 Hampton Road; Calvin Webster Gladden, 29, of 1787 W. Meeting St.; Brandon Theodis McIlwain, 23, of 802 Hampton Road; and Sherie Jenita Myers, 25, of 706 Chesterfield Ave. were each charged Friday with first-degree burglary and kidnapping charges.

  • Smart car turns heads

    Although gas has dropped below $2 a gallon again in some places, the Zarrellis are still in love with their little yellow car.

    It's not a hybrid, and it requires premium gasoline, but Lois and Neal Zarrelli love the gas mileage their Smart car gets – 33 miles per gallon in the city, and 41 on the highway, according to www.smartusa.com.

  • Lancaster teen dies in wreck

    GREAT FALLS – A 16-year-old Lancaster resident died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on S.C. 97 near Great Falls.

    Lakendra Renee Dye, of 411 Glenwood Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. She died from body trauma related to the crash, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

    Dye was pinned inside the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Obama's win 'means a lot,' says 105-year-old local man

    Nathaniel Truesdale remembers not being allowed inside certain establishments simply because of the color of his skin.

    The 105-year-old Lancaster County man said he's been called the "N-word" more times than he can count. For a long time, he felt like a second-class citizen.

    While conditions for blacks have improved considerably during his lifetime, Truesdale never thought he'd see the day when a black person was elected president.

  • Mick Mulvaney talks election, issues, his future

    Mick Mulvaney began his journey into politics years ago.

    Long before the discussions about school vouchers or housing developments and before his run two years ago for the S.C. House District 45 seat, Mulvaney was interested in the political process.

    "I worked on Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign. I stuffed envelopes for Reagan in Mecklenburg County," Mulvaney said. "I've been close to politics since I was young."

    Mulvaney, 41, was born in Alexandria, Va., but has lived in the Charlotte area since he was 1.

  • USCL awards diplomas in ceremony

    Saturday's graduation at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a big step for Jeremy Stroud.

    The 33-year-old history major tried his luck at college several years ago, but says he didn't have the focus to succeed. After going from city to city playing in a small rock band, he realized it was time to go back to school and work toward a career.

    He was awarded an associate's in science degree during the ceremony at USCL's Bundy Auditorium.

    The keynote address from former Gov. Jim Hodges resonated with Stroud.

  • Capital projects slashed in county budget

    Cut back.

    That's what Councilman Wayne Kersey suggested the county do when County Administrator Steve Willis gave council the grim news about the 2008-09 county budget.

    Kersey said he didn't want to continue to burden the people of Lancaster County. The budget right now is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year.

  • Man on trial for '06 shooting death

    The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon in the death of Lamont Witherspoon, who suffered a fatal gunshot on a Lancaster street while others stood close by in December 2006.

    Jerry McGriff, 38, of Lancaster, is on trial for the murder.

    The state alleges that McGriff shot Witherspoon after an altercation outside the Taylor Street residence of Barbara Green, who the two men were reportedly romantically involved with.

  • Speaker: Redefine what 'cool' is to motivate boys to achieve

    How can you help black boys reach their potential?

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and inspirational speaker, often ponders that question and recently gave Lancaster County residents a wealth of pointers to find solutions.

    Wynn was one of two keynote speakers at the second State of the African American Male Conference, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, another educator, was the other keynote speaker.

    Set goals for black boys