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  • Voter-registration drive is Saturday

    Are you registered to vote in November’s general election? Do you know where your polling place is?

    If you can’t answer yes to both questions, you may need to be at Lancaster Municipal Park (off Chesterfield Avenue) on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the “Fourth Quarter Rally.”

    That’s where a voter-registration drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerned residents in the community have organized the event as a fun, informative and informal way to help ensure more people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

  • County SAT scores drop

    Following the state- and national-level trend, average SAT scores for college-bound Lancaster County high school seniors slipped slightly this year with only one high school showing a slight increase.

    The SAT is one of two widely accepted national college-entrance exams. Redesigned in 2005, the test consists of three sections: critical reading, math and science, which are scored on a range of 200 to 800 points for a perfect score of 2400.

  • Truck hauling scrap metal burns on Flat Creek Road

    A semi-truck was left as little more than smoldering rubble Monday, Sept. 24, after it caught fire and burned on Flat Creek Road.

    Steve Osteen of Lancaster, a driver for Tucker Trucking, was hauling a load of scrap metal east on Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) near the Chesterfield County line around 2:25 p.m. Monday when he heard a loud popping noise as he rounded a curve.

    By the time he stopped the Peterbilt semi and its loaded dump trailer, the motor was already starting to burn, Osteen said.

  • Money stolen from Walmart employee

    A stolen money bag and an extended police chase ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man earlier this month. 

    Tyquan Santerio Wright, 20, 1210 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Sept. 10 on charges of strong arm robbery, shoplifting and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The arrest came after officers responded Sept. 10 to a larceny call at Walmart, located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass. 

  • Teacher charged with sexual battery

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lancaster High School teacher and Indian Land High School coach with sexual battery of a student. Officers arrested Tony Allen Ford, 36, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former Indian Land High School student.

  • Police officer slightly hurt during footchase

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    An Lancaster Police Department officer received minor injuries after chasing a man who ran from Springs Memorial Hospital earlier this month.
    Police responded to the hospital emergency room at 5:38 p.m. Sept. 11, after a man shattered the Emergency Medical Services door and ran away, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man had been detained and taken to the hospital by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  deputies only minutes before he ran away, the report said.

  • Deputies arrest man on burglary, drug charges

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies arrested a Lancaster man on multiple charges this week after an investigation into a burglarized home.
    Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 19, on charges of second-degree burglary, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Public Services Honors Festival set for Oct. 6

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Farmer’s Commission wants young people to discover what Lancaster County Farmer’s Market has to offer.
    The commission has organized the Public Services Honors Festival, a weekend event which recognizes local service agencies. The festival gathers local service agencies and honors them for the work they do for the county.

  • Man accidentally shoots self in ankle

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Kershaw man is recovering after accidently shooting himself in a local department store parking lot Friday, Sept. 14.
    Lancaster Police Department officers were called at to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, about 7 a.m. that day to help a 21-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his ankle, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    When officers arrived, members of the Lancaster Fire Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were already there.

  • Lancaster County’s jobless rate declines in August

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate experienced a drop in August, though the numbers may be a result of fewer people in the work force.
    The county had an August jobless rate of 12.4 percent, a decline from the 13 percent posted in July. By  comparison, the August 2011 jobless rate for Lancaster County was 14.4 percent, according to figures released Friday, Sept. 21, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.