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  • 17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    Jenny Hartley

    The news spread like wildfire Friday afternoon.

    After six weeks of both discouragement and hope, authorities made an arrest in the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    Their suspect, Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, was jailed the day before in connection with a string of five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area from Aug. 21 to Thursday.

  • Gainer strives to reach the children she teaches

    Step into Leslie Gainer's classroom – a world of modeling clay, building blocks and shaving cream.

    Those supplies may seem odd grouped together. But for Gainer, these items and more are used to reach students.

    Although working with shaving cream in the classroom can be quite messy, Gainer wouldn't want it any other way.

    Gainer, a special-education teacher at North Elementary School, is this year's Celebrate Great Teaching winner among beginning teachers in Lancaster County School District.

  • UW kicks off 2008-09 campaign

    The United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its 51st year in style Friday with a kickoff breakfast at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Over 100 people gathered at the Fairway Room to begin the 2008-09 community campaign while dining on scrambled eggs, sausage and biscuits. In attendance were the organization's board members, as well as many local contributors. They met to discuss the new campaign goal and review the organization's progress over the past year.

    "They've done a terrific job with an emphasis within the city," said Bill Sumner, mayor pro tem for Lancaster.

  • First robbery victim thankful suspect in custody

    Thank God.

    That was Linda Webster's first thought when she learned Friday morning that someone had been charged with a robbery that left her crawling on her hands and knees in the law office of Gregory and Gregory.

    Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, of 609-A N. Market St., has been charged in connection with the law firm robbery on Aug. 21. Police have also named him as a suspect in four other armed robberies in Lancaster's downtown since Aug. 21.

    "I can sleep now," Webster said Thursday afternoon.

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  • DSS, law agencies renew annual protocol agreement

    Lancaster County Department of Social Services and two local law enforcement agencies have renewed an agreement that outlines their partnership in dealing with endangered children and vulnerable adults.

    Chief Deputy Barry Faile of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department appeared with DSS Director Janice Chapman to sign the protocol Friday at the DSS office on Pageland Highway.

    "It's important that we work together because all of us have the same goal – to serve the people," Faile said.

  • Man gets life in prison on burglary charge

    A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life in prison on a burglary charge.

    A jury found Randolph Frazier, 55, guilty of first-degree burglary Wednesday.

    Circuit Judge Paul Burch sentenced Frazier to life in prison.

    The Lancaster Police Department charged Frazier on Feb. 5, Assistant 6th Circuit Solicitor Mike Lifsey said. A Eula Court woman came home about 11:30 a.m. that day and found Frazier inside her apartment, Lifsey said.

  • Open air market debuting in downtown in October

    Residents will soon have a new way to discover downtown businesses with the debut of an open-air market in October.

    Called the Lancaster Street Market, the monthly event will feature several vendors selling their wares in an open-air atmosphere on the green area between Main and Gay streets in downtown Lancaster. The first market is planned for Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nine vendors have already signed on for the event. They will sell items as varied as hand-blown glass beads, pottery, truffle chocolates and wood wine racks.

  • Volunteers mow high grass

    INDIAN LAND – When Mary Smith of Indian Land drove to Fort Mill last week, she was disturbed to see how tall the grass had gotten on local roadsides.

    "This is not only unsightly. It's dangerous," she said of the knee-high and taller grass that skirts local roads and medians.

    Typically, local state roads are mowed by the S.C. Department of Transportation five times between April and December, but budget cuts have forced them to reduce that to four, said John McKay of the Lancaster DOT maintenance office.

  • Voter official: Young people are registering

    The high interest in November's presidential race may be inspiring more people to register to vote in Lancaster County.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said 663 people have registered to vote since Aug. 18.That brings the total of registered voters in the county to 42,625.

    A flurry of new registrants came into the county Voter Registration office after both the Democratic and Republican parties' national conventions.

    Stump's office has seen a lot of young people, ages 18 and 19, registering for the first time.

  • Heath Springs projects in temporary holding pattern

    HEATH SPRINGS – Two planned construction projects in Heath Springs have halted while town officials work to meet a variety of procedures.

    Mayor Ann Taylor said progress has slowed for several reasons on two of the town's main infrastructure projects.

    The planned construction of a sidewalk near the Heath Springs Industrial Park has slowed until town officials choose an engineer to oversee the project.