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  • Will Crawford get to keep silver medal?

    There is some question whether Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford will get to keep the silver medal he won in the 200-meter race at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

    Crawford, 30, who was hoping to win a gold medal in the event as he did in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, originally appeared to be out of medal contention in the Aug. 20 finals.

  • Man's family disputes police account of fatal crash

    The family of the man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last week says Lancaster Police Department officers are partially to blame.

    Lancaster police officers initiated a chase on Hampton Road in Lancaster's Southside community, said Najla Parker, the aunt of suspect Marqevius Hood.

    Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., is charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the crash that killed motorcyclist John Haver, 68, on Aug. 20.

  • Blaze destroys home in Baker Place

    Juliet Borcherds didn't expect to see flames coming from the carport area of her Woodbridge Street house Monday afternoon.

    When she realized there was a fire, she alerted her son, who was in his bedroom. The two rushed out the front door and called 911.

    Firefighters received the call just before 1:30 p.m. Elgin Volunteer Fire Department first responded, with assistance from the Antioch and Rich Hill departments.

    Borcherds said the fire originated in the carport's laundry room on the left side of the house, situated off S.C. 903 in the Baker Place community.

  • Festival seeks sponsors

    INDIAN LAND – Organizers of this year's Fall Into Fun festival are seeking sponsors, volunteers, vendors, silent auction items, bands and teen's and children's activities and entertainers for the annual festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Indian Land Middle School.

    Proceeds will benefit the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land. Organizers hope to raise about $25,000 this year.

    The festival, organized by the Indian Land Rotary Club and Carolina Gateway, is seeking additional sponsors this year through a tiered sponsorship plan.

  • Man charged after AMBER alert

    Bryan Matthew Hatchel took matters into his own hands last week in trying to get custody of his daughter, authorities say.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Hatchel, 25, with custodial interference, a felony that carries up to five years in prison if convicted.

    An AMBER Alert was issued early Sunday morning after he picked up his 2-year-old daughter, Jaelyn Elizabeth Hollis, and never returned.

  • McGriff unopposed as she seeks 5th school board term

    Charlene McGriff, who represents District 2 on the Lancaster County School Board, is running unopposed for the fifth time since she initially took the seat in a special election in 1992.

    McGriff, 56, who now serves as chairwoman for the school board, said there are several things she would like for the board to focus on in the upcoming term.

  • INSP double play doubles its reach

    INDIAN LAND - The Inspiration Networks more than doubled its reach in the United States this week.

    Deals signed with both DirecTV and the DISH Network bumped the The Inspiration Networks distribution in the United States to more than 54 million. Both deals take effect today.

    David Cerullo, chairman and CEO of The Inspiration Networks, announced the agreements last week.

  • 'Look Who's Cooking' benefit set for Sept. 30

    There is a saying that goes "Necessity is the mother of invention." That philosophy parallels Evelyn Springs' mission – to find a cure for autism.

    Since her grandson, Malik, was diagnosed with autism at age 2, Springs has tried to educate herself about the brain disorder that affects a child's social interaction and communication at an early age.

    About one out of every 500 children is diagnosed with autism and the disorder is four or five times more prevalent in males.

  • Breaking News Amber Alert canceled for Lancaster girl

    An AMBER Alert issued for a 2-year-old Lancaster girl early Sunday has been canceled.

    Authorities say Jaelyn Elizabeth Hollis was taken from her home by her father, Bryan Matthew Hatchel. The alert was issued after 12:30 a.m.

    Hollis was found safe later that day in Citrus County, Fla. Hatchel, 25, has since been arrested.

  • Installment-purchase plan up for a first vote Monday

    County Council will vote Monday night on the first of three readings to use an installment-purchase financing plan to build a new courthouse.

    An installment-purchase plan involves the sale of bonds, which are then paid back by taxes.

    Before fire damaged the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4, county officials were moving forward with a bond referendum to build a new courthouse. While the 180-year-old existing courthouse has great historic value, officials had already declared it inadequate in space and security for holding court.