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  • Katawba trust introduces director at annual meeting

    Austin Jenkins, Katawba Valley Land Trust's executive director, reflected on his lifelong passion for nature while introducing himself to the public last week.

    Jenkins remembers watching animals and insects while marveling at the different trees and plants while growing up in Camden. He believes that curiosity for nature has landed him in what he calls the perfect job.

    Jenkins, who recently became KVLT's first executive director, spoke during the trust's annual meeting, held Oct. 9 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Van Wyck welcomes Olympic champ

    VAN WYCK – A Congressman, a councilman and a coach were just a few of the more than 150 people who gathered Saturday to honor two-time Olympian Shawn Crawford.

    The Van Wyck community came out to celebrate Crawford's homecoming following his silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games in August.

    A similar event was held in 2004 after he won a gold medal in the 200-meter and silver medal in the 100-meter relay at the Athens Summer Olympic Games.

  • ILHS band stepping 'Outside the Box'

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School marching band is trying to step 'Outside the Box' this year.

    Instead of playing songs from a movie soundtrack or a popular rock hit, the band has brought concert-style music to the field. And by the sounds of things, the members seem to buy into the idea.

    The Warriors' 2008 show is titled "Outside the Box" and features the songs "Legends in the Mist," "Explorations" and "Prelude and Primal Dance."

    Director Mathew Willis wanted the band to try something different this year.

  • Man gets 15 years for 2000 shooting death

    A Lancaster man who was accused of killing his friend in 2000 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Demario Lamar Mingo, 29, was sentenced Monday. He will serve his term at the S.C. Department of Corrections, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Authorities said Mingo shot Rodney Jordan on 8th Street in Lancaster on July 15, 2000, which was Jordan's 21st birthday,

    Mingo used two handguns – a .40-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver. Jordan suffered 11 gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

  • Lancaster Jewelers moves to bigger showroom

    Lancaster Jewelers might have a new location, but the hometown jewelry store still offers the same personalized customer service.

    The jewelry store, in business since 1992, recently moved into a much larger showroom a couple doors down from its former location on Great Falls Highway. The store will celebrate the grand opening of the new, 4,500-square-foot space on Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Vehicles used as weapon

    Two unrelated incidents in Lancaster on Saturday involved vehicles that were used as a weapon, according to incident reports.

    In one case, a vehicle was used in self-defense; in the other, it was used in an attack, reports say.

    Lancaster police responded to a call about a fight with a knife on the 600th block of Pardue Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an incident report said.

  • Forbes magazine: Lancaster 'most vulnerable town'

    Local officials realize that many folks in Lancaster County are struggling right now.

    But to say that Lancaster County is the most vulnerable town in the country? Officials aren't buying it.

    Forbes magazine published a report last week that listed the country's most and least vulnerable towns.

  • District 3 City Council candidates focus on economic development

    The candidates for the Lancaster City Council District 3 seat are interested in bringing new businesses to Lancaster and creating new jobs for local residents.

    Linda Blackmon-Brace, a former city councilwoman who represented District 2 from 2002-06, is running against current District 3 Councilman Audrey Curry, who is in his fourth term on council.

    District 3 includes the area north of Arch Street and south of Dunlap Street, and stretches west towards Woodland Drive and east towards S.C. 9 Bypass.

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  • Blackmon-Brace: District 3 is her home

    As election time nears, Linda Blackmon-Brace said she'd rather discuss issues such as business revitalization and local government spending. Instead, she's been busy defending whether she lives in District 3, where she's seeking a Lancaster City Council seat.

    Blackmon-Brace, who is running against incumbent Audrey Curry, said she has lived in houses in three different districts over the past two years.

  • Glenwood Heights Baptist celebrates 60th anniversary

    It was an exciting and special day for Glenwood Heights Baptist Church.

    On Sept. 28, members, former members, pastors and staff and family and friends reunited for the church's 60th anniversary.

    The Rev. Steve Neal welcomed everyone and recognized 13 charter members. He asked for a moment of silence for those who had died.

    Music by the Future, the children of Glenwood Heights, sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."