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  • Gangs focus of HS meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – Are there gangs in the southern part of Lancaster County?

    Law officials say yes and want residents to be more aware of their presence.

    A gang awareness seminar will be held Tuesday at Heath Springs Elementary School. The program, facilitated by investigator Fred Thompson of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. It’s free and open to the public.

  • Training important for both dogs, people

    It’s something that should never happen – a child being attacked by a dog.

    But it does happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs bite 4.7 million people a year. Sometimes it’s unprovoked. Witnesses have said the attacks by pit bulls on two 10-year-old boys in Lancaster recently were unprovoked.

  • Adopt A Leader program receives state award

    Tyrique Benson considers the Adopt A Leader house a second school as well as a home away from home.

    The Erwin Elementary School fourth-grader goes to the house nearly every day after school for mentoring and extra help with his homework. He would come every day if he could.

    “It’s like a family,” he said. “When I come here, I feel welcomed.”

    Benson is one of 60 area students who participate in Adopt A Leader, which was recently recognized by a statewide group for its work with youth in the local community.

  • Students celebrate Andrew Jackson's birthday

    KERSHAW – It was a flashback to the 18th century at Andrew Jackson Middle School on Friday.

    There was a colonial joiner who constructed his own bed while a Revolutionary War soldier  demonstrated how to start a fire using flint and steel.

    Goats roamed and a mule was available to plow the land and help plant seeds.

  • H2O is OK, says utility in ad, bills

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District water treatment plant violated the amount of a contaminate in the county’s drinking water late last year.

    The district is notifying residents now through advertising and on their monthly bills about a higher than normal level of trihalomethanes found in the county’s drinking water in September, said Mike Bailes, water treatment plant operator.

  • Doster selected featured sculptor

    The University of South Carolina Upstate has selected Lancaster resident Bob Doster, an internationally acclaimed artist, as the featured sculptor for the 2008-09 season. His unique style of metal design ranges from the whimsical feel of free-floating steel in multi-colored tables and accent pieces to the distinction of monumental sculpture.

    The Doster exhibition officially begins in April, where six pieces of his work will be showcased on the campus. An artist lecture and reception will be held in the fall.

  • 'County at fault for park delay'

    INDIAN LAND - You may not see a lot of heavy equipment near the U.S. 521 entrance of Edenmoor, but work continues at the huge residential community, and developers say an EMS station and community park will be complete by August.

    The first phase of homebuilding at Edenmoor continues. Sean Calloway, development manager for GS Carolina, the company developing Edenmoor, said 17 lots are under contract. When Phase 1 is finished, there will be 399 homes at Edenmoor, which will eventually have 2,000 homes.

  • Police arrest man at Wal-Mart

    A Lancaster woman sensed someone was following her while shopping in Wal-Mart on Monday evening. And when the man took a picture of her with his camera phone, she knew for sure that she was being targeted.

    Guillermo Aquino Gutierrez, 23, of 210 W. Dunlap St., was charged Monday with harassment second degree and disorderly conduct.

    The woman, who asked not be named, told The Lancaster News that Gutierrez had been walking near her and her two children while they were shopping inside the super center on S.C. 9 Bypass about 7:30 p.m.

  • To borrow or not to borrow?

    Lancaster County residents will have a say in how the county will pay for a new courthouse, and possibly other government buildings.

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter said Wednesday that the county must hold a referendum for voters because it cannot borrow the money it will take to build a courthouse without using bonds.

    The county is planning the referendum to coincide with the general election on Nov. 4.

  • Kids escape from house

    A home with open beer cans, old food and human waste over the floor is a dangerous place for children, police say.

    The parents who allowed their three children to live in those conditions have been charged a month after police discovered the conditions.

    Robert Louis Bailey, 27, and Laura Ann Bailey, 23, of 310 Cedar St., were each charged Tuesday with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

    Lancaster police came to the Baileys' home on Feb. 8 after a driver saw their three young children - ages 4, 3 and 1 - playing in the middle of the road.