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  • Sheriff makes plea for manpower

    For what will likely be the last time in his law enforcement career, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen asked County Council for more money for his department.

    Cauthen, who isn't seeking re-election this year, didn't have a dollar figure for council members, but asked for 16 more deputies for the sheriff's office in the 2008-09 budget. Four of those would go to Indian Land. The others would assist with court duties.

    "We're not asking for any fluff," Cauthen said. "We're asking for what we need."

    One of Cauthen's biggest concerns is the growth in Indian Land.

  • Local man dies in wreck

    A Lancaster County man died Friday in a three-vehicle accident in Chesterfield County.

    The wreck happened at 5:45 p.m. on S.C. 9, about six miles west of Pageland, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Details released by the Highway Patrol before The Lancaster News' Saturday afternoon deadline were sketchy.

    The patrol would not release the name of the man who died, but it said he was a Lancaster County resident. He was driving a 2007 Ford Focus that was also occupied by Steven Vincent, 49, of Lancaster.

  • City decides proposed student apartments don't 'pass muster'

    One of the early steps to build student housing at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster failed Tuesday night as Lancaster City Council voted down the necessary rezoning.

    Some residents of Brook Drive, where the proposed 10-unit apartment complex would be, voiced concerns on how quality of life, traffic and public infrastructure would be affected, and council voted down the measure 3-2, with Councilmen Preston Blackmon and Danny O'Brien absent.

  • 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.