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  • Issues facing young black males focus of three-day conference

    Community leaders and others will gather this week for a three-day event that addresses issues facing black boys.

    The second State of the African American Male Conference starts Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Organizer Bobby Bailey said the conference was organized as a response to conditions and statistics that suggest blacks don't achieve as high as other groups. The aim is to discuss problems, present research and hear new ideas for programs that can be used locally.

  • Garver Homes moves to downtown Lancaster

    Garver Homes celebrated its grand opening in downtown Lancaster with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday.

    The home-building firm, owned by Gary Shamp and Mick Mulvaney, recently moved its corporate headquarters from Charlotte, where it was sharing office space with another firm, to 309 N. Main St., next to the Allen Tate office.

    Shamp has been building homes in the Carolinas for more than two decades, starting as a laborer for a major homebuilder while in high school.

  • Planners OK 'town center' rezoning

    In a close rezoning vote, developers got the go-ahead to build homes, medical offices and retail stores at U.S. 521 and Collins Road in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Planning Commission approved 4-3 U.S. Trust Properties' request to rezone 411 acres from R-15P to Planned Development District (PDD) 26. The rezoning will allow the developers to build 2.63 homes per acre, increasing the density by 200 homes.

  • Long cuts financial ties with voucher supporter

    Deborah Long is the latest political candidate to distance herself from New York City millionaire and political activist Howard Rich.

    After it was discovered that Long, Republican candidate for the state House District 45 seat, accepted campaign contributions from organizations linked to Rich, she decided to return the $12,000 in contributions. Rich supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country.

    "It was getting to be too much of an issue," Long said. "I wanted to clear the air and concentrate on the issues."

  • Family seeks help in finding girl

    A Lancaster family needs your help in finding a 14-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since Wednesday.

    Quasheqca Dover left her Skipper Avenue home either Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, said her mother, Lynne Barber.

    Barber said she last saw her daughter inside their home Wednesday night. Everything seemed to be normal, she said.

    Dover's grandmother, Elizabeth Twitty, said this is the first time she's ever run away from home. She doesn't know why she would want to leave.

    "We're just upset and worried right now," Twitty said.

  • County Council to look at salary study Monday

    County Council will review a compensation plan for county employees' salaries Monday night.

    A study has been done of county employees' salaries, and the results will be presented to council members at Monday's meeting. The county has roughly 400 full-time employees and other part-time employees.

    The study looked at how much county employees are paid in comparison to employees in other counties the size of Lancaster County, and also employees in the private sector.

  • Johnny Ray Williams, 49

    Johnny Ray Williams, 49, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.

    Born Feb. 15, 1959, in York County, he was the son of Roger and Arbeutis Funderburk Williams. He attended Lancaster County schools and was employed as a cook at KFC.

  • Columbia-based political group gives Mulvaney an A+ for work in '07-'08

    A Columbia-based political group that champions the fiscal policies of the late President Ronald Reagan gives state Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Lancaster County high marks in its recently released report cards for 2007-08.

    Mulvaney, R-District 45, was one of 10 state lawmakers to receive the Taxpayer Champion award from the S.C. Club for Growth. Mulvaney received an A+ grade from the organization.

  • City to reinforce walls at Belk building site

    The walls at the old Belk building site in downtown Lancaster will soon become much safer.

    Lancaster City Council recently approved a bid from local contractors Perception Builders to stabilize the walls that still remain from the old Belk building on South Main Street. The old Belk building was razed in October 2006. The city owns the property.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the city has a plan for securing the walls and expects the work to move quickly.

  • USCL to host Day of Catawba festival again

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will come alive with Catawba Indian Nation culture and traditions next month.

    For the second year, the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project is bringing its Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba festival, on Nov. 15.

    After successfully relocating to the USCL campus last year, the festival, which began in 1990 and was named a Local Legacy by the United States Congress, returns in full celebration of Catawba heritage with the food, music, dance, pottery and craft sales that festivalgoers have come to expect.