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  • Relay for Life exceeds $257,000 mark

    When it comes to the annual Lancaster County Relay for Life, Pat Ray likes to use the event here as a blueprint for others to follow.

    There's just one problem, said Ray, regional director of the American Cancer Society.

    "It wouldn't work," said Ray, who came to Lancaster on Thursday night for the Relay for Life wrap-up celebration at First ARP Church.

    Members of the 48 teams participating in this year's event learned their work had raised $257,316.

  • Teachers learn new strategies

    Educators who teach advanced placement and honors classes are learning new strategies to help their students better grasp the information they're taught.

    About 20 middle and high school teachers in the Lancaster County School District are taking part in a program called Building Better Readers. The aim is to present students with new and creative methods to read, and for the students to know that those methods may vary depending on the subject that's being studied.

  • Bojangle's parking lot issue goes to planning commission

    KERSHAW – The Lancaster County Planning Commission will consider a request from the owners of Bojangle's in Kershaw to have a piece of property behind the restaurant rezoned for use as a parking lot.

    The commission will consider the request when it meets Tuesday.

    Bojangle's owners John and Ronald Campbell of Chesterfield County are seeking to have property rezoned from R-15, a residential district, to B-3, a business district.

    The Campbells started work on the parking lot last year without getting the zoning changed first.

  • How do you get men to focus on health before something 'breaks'?

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project's Unity in the Community Event of 2008 is themed "Fathers for Healthier Families."

    Organizers plan to implore local fathers to get healthy and encourage the same among their families. But lots of fun will be mixed in as well.

    The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. June 21 on Main Street in downtown Lancaster.

    Tyrom Faulkner, executive director of the Fatherhood Project, said he hopes the event will bring together diverse parts of the community.

    "This year we're focused on health screenings," Faulkner said.

  • After 2 years, ILHS case still on solicitor's desk

    The local prosecutor said he's had no time to review a case that involved several thousand dollars in allegedly unwarranted wages paid to an Indian Land High School administrative assistant between 2000 and 2004.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he hasn't had time to review the State Law Enforcement Division case involving the former employee, who was fired from Lancaster County School District in 2006 due to absenteeism. He is expected to determine whether or not to press charges in the case, once he's reviewed it.

  • Recording of 911 call Father of boy who shot self faces charges

    The father of a boy who shot himself Tuesday morning now faces multiple drug charges.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say Jaron Tinsley's 5-year-old son shot himself in the shoulder while playing with his father's rifle inside their home on Winston Drive on Tuesday.

    After the shooting, Tinsley, 25, took his son to a neighbor's house, where a woman called 911.

    Here's an excerpt from that call:

    Caller: "The little boy next door got shot in the arm."

    Dispatch: "What did he get shot with?"

    Caller: "A gun."

    Dispatch: "What kind of gun, ma'am?"

  • Breaking News Customers lose power during Wednesday's storm

    Storms produced high winds and a lightning show that filled the skies for hours Wednesday evening. The winds were so strong that some people asked if it was a tornado that downed trees, ripped billboards and bent metal poles like they were toothpicks.

    More than 2,000 people in Lancaster County lost power during the storm. Phone service was also affected for some Comporium customers.

    For the full story and photos, see Friday's edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Sisters to vie for state crowns in pageants this Saturday

    Two little girls from Lancaster have won big at state beauty pageants, and more importantly, have become friends on the road to state titles.

    Hailey Sanders, 6, is competing this weekend for the title of Wee Miss at the Little Miss Teen Miss South Carolina pageant in Hartsville on Saturday. Hailey is the daughter of Nikki and Jeff Sanders of Lancaster.

    Hailey, a North Elementary School student, is going for her third state title. In 2004, she won Wee Miss Tiny Tot South Carolina and Little Miss Tiny Tot South Carolina in 2006.

  • Storms cause damage in county

    Guy Simpler can empathize with people in the Midwest who experience severe storms and tornadoes more frequently than South Carolinians.

    But most of the time, you don't "really feel it," he said.

    "And then this hits you, and it's just incredible," Simpler said, referring to the severe storms that roared through Lancaster County on Wednesday.

    Simpler, general manager of Carolina Country Homes, suspects a tornado hit the business, where numerous manufactured homes and a business office were damaged. Two of the homes there were totaled.

  • Councilmen to meet with reps of concrete companies in Indian Land

    A County Council committee charged with finding a solution to the noise at concrete plants in an Indian Land business park will meet with concrete company officials next week.

    For more than a year, residents of Brookchase and Lakeview Landing have been pleading with council to do something about the noise at concrete plants in 521 Perimeter Commerce Park. The park is adjacent to some homes in Brookchase and Lakeview Landing.

    There are four concrete companies in 521 Perimeter park, but residents have complained the most about Blue Dot.