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  • Utility eases water restrictions

    Just in time for the fall planting season, regional water officials say it's OK to use water outdoors two days a week.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group said residents may water their lawns two days a week through Nov. 30. This provides the opportunity for some additional landscape watering during the fall planting season, along with other outdoor water uses.

    Before Wednesday's announcement, residents could only water their lawns or wash their cars one day on weekends.

  • Hood looks to succeed Blackmon in City Council District 1 race

    Kenneth B. Hood says he has the people skills needed to be a good councilman.

    The Lancaster native is seeking the City Council District 1 seat that opened after the death of longtime Councilman Preston Blackmon in August. Blackmon, who was 82, held the seat for more than 30 years.

    Hood said he decided to run before Blackmon died. However, he thought this moment wouldn't come until 2010, when Blackmon's term would expire.

    Hood will face Blackmon's son, Racarda Blackmon, in the Nov. 4 election. The winner will serve the two remaining years in Preston Blackmon's term.

  • Get answers from candidates at Indian Land political forum

    INDIAN LAND – Voters are encouraged to come out to a political forum to learn more about the candidates running for local, state and even national office.

    Carolina Gateway's third candidates forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Indian Land Middle School gymnasium. Carolina Gateway is a sister publication of The Lancaster News.

    There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates from to 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum.

    The forum is co-sponsored by the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Three more charged in home invasion

    Three more men have been arrested after warrants were issued alleging their involvement in a home invasion Saturday night.

    Darren J. Henderson, 18, of 6125 Shiloh Unity Road; Donald Nebraska Henderson, 26, of 1560 Earnhardt Drive; and Edward Jerome Montgomery, 21, of 632 Ginger Cake Road, have each been charged with first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say they were three of the five men responsible for the burglary of a Shiloh Unity Road home about 11 p.m. Saturday. The three were arrested Wednesday.

  • Man, 19, charged in shooting

    Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the Sept. 19 shooting of a Lancaster man.

    Adrian Foster, 19, of 327 Elm St., was charged Thursday with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Authorities say Foster shot a man at Sam's Place club on Old Landsford Road. The shooting victim, 18, has since been treated and released from the hospital.

    Foster shot the man in the leg with a pistol after the two argued at the club about a possible stolen gun, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

    "They started arguing and it just escalated from there," Holland said.

  • Festival almost here

    INDIAN LAND – There is something planned for everyone at the third annual Fall into Fun Festival.

    The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Indian Land Middle School. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, which is slated to open late this year or in early 2009.

    The festival has a change of venue this year, from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hope the new location will offer better parking and more visibility from U.S. 521, to draw in more attendance.

  • Panhandle stations face run on gas

    Facing long lines, closed gas stations and frayed nerves, many motorists have found it increasingly difficult to locate gas in Lancaster County, and it's possible shortages could last for at least another week.

    Gas stations in the Panhandle in particular have seen a run as motorists from Charlotte, where shortages have been severe, have crossed the stateline to fill up their tanks.

  • Arson suspect had prior charges

    The 17-year-old charged in recent robberies and the arsons of two court buildings had a prior criminal record.

    Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, is facing 31 charges related to five armed robberies around downtown Lancaster since Aug. 21. He is also charged with setting the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and the 6th Circuit Solicitor's Office last month.

  • Mulvaney refuses money from Rich

    Republican candidate Mick Mulvaney wants to set the record straight.

    With Mulvaney running for the S.C. Senate seat for District 16, the spotlight is once again on his ties to New York City millionaire Howard Rich, a political activist who supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country. It was revealed two years ago that Mulvaney's campaign for the House had accepted over $7,000 from Rich, but Mulvaney vows he has since cut ties with the activist.

  • Men charged after home invasions

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion Saturday night on Shiloh Unity Road.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Emilio Brown, 20, of 3321 Daystar Road, and Samuel Wright, 19, of 1705 Tradesville Road, each with first-degree burglary.

    Tom Holland, sheriff's office spokesman, said Brown and Wright were among five men responsible for an 11 p.m. burglary in which gunshots were fired inside the home.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for the following men: