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  • County may raise taxes to pay for new security

    Off-duty sheriff's deputies are providing security at the County Administration Building and Family Court Building on Catawba Street in the wake of two arsons at court buildings last week.

    The deputies don't have a choice.

    On Aug. 7, after the fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office, and three days after the burning of the Lancaster County Courthouse, Circuit Judge Brooks Goldsmith gave an order for the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office to provide security at county buildings until further notice.

    The deputies are being paid overtime to provide security.

  • USCL launches Lancers baseball

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster got the jump on a new era in Lancers' athletics just after midnight Monday.

    The Lancers, who are fielding a baseball team for the first time in school history, opened their practice for the fall. The official opening of fall practice was Monday.

    The Lancers, with 54 players in the fold, played two five-inning games.

    Fans were filing in by around 11:30 p.m. and the group number reached as high as 75 at one point, including a group tailgating in right center field.

  • Authorities say progress in being made

    Authorities have confirmed that the fire at the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s office last week was indeed arson. However, no arrests have been made in either that fire or the one Aug.

  • School district to sell $10 million in bonds

    The Lancaster County School District will soon sell bonds that will bring in nearly $10 million to help pay off a loan that was used to complete major school projects over the last few years.

    The school board voted 6-0 at its July 29 meeting to sell general obligation bonds that will total $7.8 million. Board member Mary Etta Taylor was absent.

    The resolution also includes the sale of $1.9 million in bond anticipation notes, which won't be issued until 2009.

  • Grandmother, granddaughter get degrees at same time

    Zsaneal Benson didn't have to look far to find motivation to do well in school.

    Her grandmother, Margaret Dixon, proves every day that you can reach your goals if your strive hard.

    In May, Dixon, 52, earned a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Her concentration is in social work and psychology.

    A few weeks afterward, Benson graduated from Lancaster High School, and now she's about to start college at Francis Marion University in Florence.

  • Officials mum on arson probe

    Authorities are being tight-lipped about the suspicious fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Doug Barfield's office last week.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White isn't saying anything about the probe.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard, the contact person for the media, said Friday that she could not comment on any progress in the investigation, or say anything about the number of tips authorities have received from the public.

  • Van Wyck plans celebration for hometown Olympic runner

    VAN WYCK - To the world, Shawn Crawford is an Olympic medalist and the "Cheetah Man."

    To the 800 residents of Van Wyck, Crawford is its most famous native son.

    When this son gets home, Van Wyck is going to have some good times.

    Van Wyck resident Betty Broome issued this statement for the community on July 14:

    Shawn's mother, Sylvia, and (family friend) Marilyn Tims, will soon be on their way to Beijing to watch Shawn compete as they did in Athens, Greece, in 2004.

  • Raids target Latino crimes

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office narcotics and gang agents and agents from the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Lancaster County and Lancaster city police STAR team members and Lancaster County EMS served four search warrants Thursday.

    Sheriff's office narcotics agents and the gang investigator conducted three controlled buys of powder cocaine and one controlled buy of a fake Social Security card, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • How to rebuild courthouse on County Council's agenda

    County Council is expected to discuss how to proceed in rebuilding the Lancaster County Courthouse at Monday night's council meeting.

    "I can assure you, it will be talked about," County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday.

    Hunter Builders finished stabilizing the roof of the 180-year-old building Friday.

    The courthouse was set on fire early Monday, with the fire burning through the roof and badly damaging the courtroom on the second floor.

    Officials will meet with insurance agents to talk about getting new trusses for the roof, Willis said.

  • Leigh Anne's Restaurant diners share thoughts on fires

    Peep through the windows from Leigh Anne's Restaurant and you can see much of what's left of the nearby Lancaster County Courthouse. Blackened roof beams and scattered rubble tell the story.

    Some customers of the popular Catawba Street diner were eating breakfast there Monday morning as firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the courthouse fire.

    Since then, restaurant owner Mark Culler said the courthouse fire has been the hot topic of discussion among his patrons. And now, there's more to talk about after the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office burned early Thursday.