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  • Children's Home gets 'extreme makeover'

    The Lancaster Children's Home is the beneficiary of what has become an annual project of Comporium Communications.

    On Thursday, Comporium employees built a chapel, a picnic shelter and two storage buildings at the Children's Home, which provides safe housing for youth who've endured parental mistreatment or other forms of distress.

    The project, dubbed the "Extreme Home Makeover," after the popular TV show, is in its third year.

    Comporium built the structures for free. The Children's Home provided the supplies, which were received through community donations.

  • Economic crisis impacts everyone

    The nation's economic crisis is trickling down to local families, businesses and banks, but the area remains resilient.

    Cindy Mace, owner of House to Home Designs, makes her living from sales to new and current homeowners.

    She says her current business remains strong, but she doesn't anticipate growth as quickly as she once did.

    Neighborhoods aren't selling at the pace once predicted, and new developments are slow to break ground as a result of the economic downturn.

  • Fort Lawn man injured in shooting

    A Chester County man was shot at several times early Monday morning near the Hughes and Dunlap streets intersection in Lancaster.

    Police received a call shortly after 1 a.m. about shots fired and four men wearing black clothing running toward East Arch Street.

  • Two killed in motorcycle accident

    Jerry Flynn wishes he had a chance to show his son more affection.

    His son, Jason Flynn, 33, and Kayla Faile, 18, were killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident on Grace Avenue.

    The two Lancaster residents died after the 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle they were riding hit a 1996 Dodge pickup truck, according to Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 9:45 p.m. about 3 miles west of Lancaster.

    The motorcycle was traveling south behind the pickup, driven by Doris Talford, 46, who lives on Grace Avenue.

  • Driver charged with felony DUI in wreck early Monday

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The S.C. Highway Patrol says alcohol was a factor in a fatal accident early Monday morning in Indian Land.

    The backseat passenger of a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer was killed about 1:20 a.m. along Old Bailes Road. The driver, Anthony Guzzonato, 19, of Morris, Ill., has been charged with felony driving under the influence.

  • Deputy arrested in Indian Land; charged with DUI

    A Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy resigned Sunday after being charged with driving under the influence.

  • Gregory tells GOP crowd it's time for him to step down from Senate

    State Sen. Greg Gregory spoke to members of the local Republican Party Thursday as he prepares to complete his final term in the District 16 seat.

    Gregory, who has served in the Senate for 16 years, addressed a GOP crowd eager to hear his final thoughts about his job. He spoke about his initial run in 1992 and how he was the first Republican to win that seat in more than 100 years.

    "Back then, people were agitated and ready for a change," Gregory said. "But I had a good campaign and I got into the Senate."

  • Blackmon, Hood seek to fill unexpired term on City Council

    The two candidates for Lancaster City Council District 1 know what people without jobs in Lancaster are going through, and they want to work to bring more jobs to the area.

    Racarda Blackmon, 57, and Kenneth "Kenny" Hood, 50, are running for the seat, left vacant after the death of Blackmon's father, Preston, in August. Preston Blackmon had held the seat for 30 years. There are two years left in the term.

    Blackmon: "I'm here to help"

    Racarda Blackmon is a Lancaster native who graduated from Lancaster High School in 1969 before full integration.

  • Man reports being robbed

    A Columbia man told sheriff's deputies he was robbed at gunpoint Oct. 12 after giving a Lancaster man a ride from Crenco's convenience store on South Main Street.

    The victim said he was at the store at 8:30 a.m. when he saw the man, whom he said he has known for a long time, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    The victim said he agreed to give the man a ride to his home.

    When the victim was about to leave the home, the man put a gun to his head and demanded money, the report said.

    The victim told deputies he gave the man $47.

  • Hopefuls for office to appear at political forum

    Many of Lancaster County's 44,000-plus registered voters heard the two presidential hopefuls argue the issues facing America during a televised debate Wednesday night.

    Now voters can learn where hometown candidates stand on issues during the Before You Vote 2008 Candidate Forum.

    The forum is 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bundy Auditorium at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    It's co-sponsored by Duke Energy, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, USCL and The Lancaster News.