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  • County, state officials to meet with residents about noise

    Some Lancaster County Council members and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control officials will meet with residents who live near several concrete companies in Indian Land to discuss noise and dust problems Thursday.

    The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Indian Land High School, said County Council Chairman Rudy Carter.

  • GoldenCare now operating program at HS senior center

    HEATH SPRINGS - The seniors of Heath Springs have gotten another feather in their hats with the start of a new afternoon program at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

    GoldenCare Adult Day Care is responsible for the recreational and social program, which started about two weeks ago and is meant to give seniors the brand of fun they want, said GoldenCare administrator Susan Bowers.

    The afternoon program is funded by Lancaster County with new funding from the S.C. Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging.

  • Officials: Men shot at trooper's house

    Two Lancaster men are accused of shooting at the home of a highway patrolman.

    Lakeithon Darell Mingo, 22, of 3452 Oak Ridge Road, and Navoney Quantay Curry, also 22, of 1342 Springdale Road, were each arrested and charged Monday with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

    The trooper was returning to his home near Camp Creek Road shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when he heard a gunshot. He told officers from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office that it appeared the shot came from the road near his home.

  • Community activist to be honored as he turns 90

    HEATH SPRINGS – Someone known for his commitment to economic and political equity will be honored as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

    The life of Pleasant Hill resident Gonze Lee Twitty will be celebrated at the Lancaster County Community Center on Barr Street starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

    Invitations have been sent, and about 200 people are expected to attend.

    "You get to be 90 and you're on the countdown," Twitty said Monday. "I just appreciate my daughters and the community coming together to do this."

  • Man says he was attacked with knife, baseball bats

    A Lancaster man told sheriff's deputies he was attacked by several people Sunday night moments after returning to his home on Shiloh Unity Road.

    The man said his girlfriend dropped him off at the end of his driveway about 11 p.m. When he walked to the house, six people were waiting for him, he told sheriff's deputies.

    The man said he knew four of them and they were from Charlotte. There were four men and two women.

    The man told deputies that one man from the group approached him, shook his hand and asked him about a woman.

  • Council eyes $14 tax hike in new budget

    A $14 tax increase for the average homeowner will help fund several county agencies and a raise for county employees.

    County Council met Monday to continue talking about the proposed $31 million 2008-09 budget. Council is expected to approve third and final reading of the budget at next Monday night's council meeting. Fourteen dollars is what would be added to the tax bill for a $100,000 home.

    Council members received a third draft of the budget on Monday night, which included the tax increase.

  • Nine Red Hat clubs helping homeless shelter network

    The organizers of Family Promise, a group hoping to organize a network of homeless shelters among area churches by this fall, will get a helping hand from a group of local women Thursday.

    Nearly all of the local chapters of the Red Hat Society are sponsoring a Chinese auction to benefit Family Promise starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Building in Lancaster.

    "We really believe in this," said Darlene Hallman, a member of Lancaster's Ramblin' Red Hatters. "This is only the second fundraiser they (Family Promise) have had."

  • Simmons wows Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Fitness guru Richard Simmons hit the Sun City Carolina Lakes active adult community Saturday with his signature verve and vigor.

    Pulte Homes, Carolina Lakes developer, brought Simmons in to attract new home buyers. Instead, he attracted homeowners who, over the years, had followed his successful career in promoting exercise.

    As the celebrity entered the Lake House walkway, teenage-like screaming from residents, 55 and older, pierced the otherwise quiet summer morning.

  • Man sentenced to 10 years for string of local thefts

    A 26-year-old Lancaster man accused of going on stealing spree between last fall and this spring was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.

    Zachary Helms, 26, pleaded guilty at the Lancaster County Courthouse to two charges of auto break-in, three grand larceny charges, three forgery charges and five burglary charges. He also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods over $5,000 and possession of stolen vehicle over $5,000.

    Helms' victims included some of his relatives and his church.

  • Murder suspect granted bond

    Bertha Davis doesn't like the idea of Bildrick Green being out of jail on bond.

    She told Judge Brooks Goldsmith so Friday at a bond hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Davis' son, Derek Lamont Davis, died at Springs Memorial Hospital on April 7, not long after being shot at Pardue Street Apartments. He was 21.

    Green, 24, is charged with Davis' murder.

    "We're still hurting now," said Davis' mother. "It's true they (Davis and Green) were friends, but what happened, we don't know."