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  • Deer make a run in BI-LO

    Live deer, aisle 3?

    Cliff West thinks maybe that was the message over the intercom at the BI-LO grocery store near Applebee's on Sunday.

    West said he was eating at nearby Zaxby's with his wife, Missy, when they noticed a deer running along the sidewalk in front of the stores in the shopping center. The deer would get to a door and then run into it, as if it was looking for a dark place to run.

    When the deer got to BI-LO, the automatic doors opened, and the deer ran right inside.

  • Van Wyck plans homecoming for Crawford

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck community is celebrating a favorite son – Shawn Crawford – with a homecoming celebration at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the community center.

    "He has accomplished something no one else in Lancaster County has," said Betty Broome.

    Crawford won a silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. He won a gold and silver medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games in track events.

    Crawford will be honored by local dignitaries and former coaches. Gov. Mark Sanford is sending a statement of congratulations.

  • Man, 88, robbed after giving man a ride

    A Lancaster man faces several charges after deputies say he robbed an 88-year-old man Friday afternoon.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Brian James Hinson, 31, of 1523 Virginia St., with kidnapping, strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery, third-offense petty larceny, forgery, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

    Hinson is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond information was unavailable at press time Tuesday afternoon.

  • Candidates focus on education, jobs in Senate District 16 race

    The two candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat are each focused on improving education, reducing unemployment and creating new jobs.

    Republican candidate Mick Mulvaney, the first-term incumbent state District 45 House representative, and Democratic candidate Mandy Powers Norrell will square off in the Nov. 4 race. The winner will succeed Greg Gregory, the Lancaster Republican who has held the seat for 16 years. Gregory is not seeking re-election.

  • Fire safety expo is Saturday

    Lt. Tony Gainer is looking forward to educating Lancaster residents about fire safety.

    As chairman of the 14th Annual Fire Safety Expo and a firefighter with the Lancaster Fire Department, Gainer will be one of several firefighters, police and rescue workers on hand to teach fire prevention and safety Saturday at the Wal-Mart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass. The expo attracted more than 3,000 people last year and Gainer hopes to exceed that number this year.

    "It's getting bigger every year," Gainer said. "It's a big day to come and meet the people who serve the general public."

  • Huck Finn on trial at ILHS

    More than 100 years after Mark Twain's character Huckleberry Finn floated down the Mississippi River with runaway slave Jim, he faced trial at Indian Land High School.

    English teacher Josh Bowers conducted the trial of Finn for crimes against the state of Missouri with members of his pre-advanced placement class serving as witnesses, attorneys, jury, court reporter and bailiff.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, a Lancaster attorney and the Democratic candidate for the District 16 state Senate seat, presided as judge.

  • Musical comedy explores a variety of relationships

    A musical comedy exploring the mystery of romantic relationships premieres this weekend in Lancaster.

    The production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," sponsored by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, focuses on a variety of relationships, from first dates to married life. The play originally premiered last year as part of a fundrasier production and was received very well.

  • What will Wachovia's sale will mean for Lancaster?

    It was a wild week for Charlotte-based bank Wachovia.

    The banking institution that has more than 3,300 locations in 21 states, including one on North Main Street in Lancaster, first made headlines early last week with the announcement that Citigroup would buy its operations.

    That was until Friday, when San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. presented Wachovia with an $15.1 billion offer to buy its operations without government assistance. Under Citigroup's $2.1 billion proposal, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., or FDIC, would have supervised the deal.

  • Norrell fliers under fire in Senate race

    Mandy Powers Norrell's trip to career day at Heath Springs Elementary School last month has become a hot-button issue in the intense race for the District 16 state Senate seat.

    Norrell, the Democrat seeking the seat, visited the school Sept. 12. She spoke with second-graders about the process of running for office, and answered questions as varied as who can vote and whether women could run for office.

    The day went as scheduled, but it was what followed that has some people talking.

  • Blum settles in at ILES

    INDIAN LAND – On most mornings, you'll see Indian Land Elementary School Principal Beth Blum walking down the hall with a notepad in hand.

    She's not taking notes on who's misbehaving – the paper and pen is to jot down an item a teacher or student may need.

    Blum, who is in her first year as principal at ILES, aims to visit every class each day. When she steps into a classroom, she greets everyone with a smile, while also extending a helping hand to make the learning process a little smoother.