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  • Woman targeted in money scam

    Samantha Small had a good feeling that a $450,000 prize sounded too good to be true.

    In May, the Lancaster native responded to about 20 sweepstakes offers she had received in the mail. A few weeks later, she got a letter from what was supposed to be a nonprofit organization called the Dream Foundation. It said she won a second-place prize of $450,000.

    There was one catch – the foundation said she first had to pay 1 percent, or $4,500, to receive the prize.

  • Man with rape convictions held for evaluation as sexual predator

    FORT LAWN – A Fort Lawn man twice convicted of rape is in the Chester County Detention Center awaiting a mental evaluation that might lead to his classification as a sexual predator.

    Kenneth Jerome White, 40, of 5773 Willowbrook Road, Fort Lawn, turned himself in Aug. 6 and will be held there until the evaluation is done by the state Department of Mental Health.

  • Candidate withdraws from Lancaster City Council race

    There were no last-minute candidates to file for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats Friday, but one candidate has withdrawn.

    Filing closed at noon Friday.

    John Griffin filed for City Council District 6, but withdrew because he later learned he lives in District 5, Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said.

    The only candidate now seeking the District 6 race is Sara Eddins. Incumbent Danny O'Brien decided not to run for re-election.

  • Baseball not all that's new at USCL this fall

    You may have heard that the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will have a baseball team, the Lancers, which will start play this fall.

    But there are other new programs coming to USCL.

    Here's a look at them:

    – Meeting Educators At Lunch, or MEALs, which is a new take-a-professor-to-lunch program designed to enhance instructor-student interactions in an informal setting over lunch at local restaurants.

  • Crawford 'on target' for Olympic medal

    VAN WYCK – Several of Shawn Crawford's biggest fans, including his mom, headed to Beijing, China, Friday to watch the Olympic champion vie for another gold medal.

    Crawford, 30, may be Van Wyck's most famous native son. 

  • Man dies two weeks after wreck with ambulance near Lancaster

    An 85-year-old Great Falls man who was involved in an accident with an ambulance last month in Lancaster County has died.

    James Marion Baker died Aug. 10 from brain injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle wreck July 26 on S.C. 200, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office.

    Baker was driving a 2003 four-door Ford that was struck on its driver's side by a Ford ambulance driven by a 29-year-old Lancaster County woman, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Lancaster man, 20, accused of shooting at two women in car

    A Lancaster man remains behind bars after he reportedly shot at an occupied car after an argument on Rock Street on Monday.

    Lancaster police have charged Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 20, of 202 Pacer Drive, with two counts of assault with intent to kill.

    He's also charged with possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, pointing and presenting a firearm and malicious injury to property.

  • Man working to start homeless shelter here

    James Pringle looked out the window of the Lancaster Fatherhood Project on a recent Monday morning and saw someone digging through a trash can looking for aluminum cans.

    Lancaster County is going through some tough times, with the closing of local Springs Global plants and rising prices for just about everything, including gasoline and food.

    But Pringle has been working for the last four years to do something about it.

  • VFD trains on new ladder truck

    INDIAN LAND – Training on the new ladder truck at Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department started Aug. 4, the same day the Lancaster County Courthouse burned.

    The timing was coincidental. Although the new ladder truck is the tallest in the county, it is not yet in use.

    Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. aerial specialist Rodney Pearson flew from Houston, Texas, to train Panhandle firefighters on the truck. Ferrara and Spartan Motors built the truck, which was delivered to the station July 22.

  • Bless Fest features local gospel choirs, other acts

    Last year's Bless Fest went so well that organizers want to do it again. And this time, it will be bigger than ever.

    The 2008 Bless Fest will be a two-day event. It will again feature various local gospel choirs and other acts, such as praise dancers and comedians.

    Saturday's festivities will be at In His Presence Fellowship Ministry, 726 Main St.

    On Sunday, the program will be held at Plantation Pointe Civic Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.