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  • New IL grad site pricey

    With Indian Land High School's graduation now at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, you may wonder how the change affects the cost – and who's picking up the tab.

    The school's May 30 graduation ceremony was planned for Winthrop's Byrnes Auditorium, but that building will be closed for renovations. The school's graduation had been held at Byrnes for the past several years.

    After a senior class vote last month, Winthrop Coliseum was picked as the new venue over Indian Land High's gymnasium and stadium.

    Money matters

  • Paramedics win first-place award in state competition

    A gunman opens fire inside a school.

    When paramedics arrive, six people are wounded and need medical attention. One person is already dead, but will anybody else survive?

    Which victims need treatment sooner than others?

    Quick assessments of a situation and appropriate care sometimes make the difference between life and death. In this particular simulation, Greg Robinson and Kelly Snipes' judgment was considered the best.

  • Granata maps it out for county

    Kevin Granata, geographic information systems director for Lancaster County, has a large flat-screen TV on his desk.

    It's not for entertainment, but to keep track of the maps Granata works on as part of his job. These maps are important for tax purposes, land sales and voter registration.

    In fact, it was county election official Cassie Stump who nominated Granata, 31, for county Employee of the Quarter.

    "He's very helpful, very accommodating, friendly and always in a good mood," Stump said. "He's also very knowledgeable about computers and helps me out a lot."

  • Homeless man continues his cross-country journey

    Roy Gleiter said if he can complete his journey, then so can resolute Americans make the economic and political systems speak for them.

    As cars passed by Gleiter's camp site just outside Buford on S.C. 9 last week, they honked. Gleiter is a homeless man who's traveling by foot with his mother, Debra Cowden, and their dog, Pofer. Their destination is the state of Washington.

    Gleiter, 49, not only has a long trip ahead, but a heavy load to carry. He's pulling a nearly 5,000-pound wagon, full of possessions. His mother and their dog are following him.

  • Man gets 30 years for slaying

    A nearly three-year-old murder case involving the stabbing death of a 90-year-old Heath Springs woman was concluded Tuesday with the sole suspect pleading guilty to her murder.

    Donald Cleveland Brevard, 20, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the death of Sara Faulkenberry on June 14, 2005. Brevard was 17 at the time of the killing.

  • Officer: Four people tried to take law into their own hands

    Four people are behind bars after authorities say they kidnapped a Lancaster County man and then broke into a Woodcreek apartment home at gunpoint.

    Terrance Jaleel Frames, 21, of 802 Hampton Road; Calvin Webster Gladden, 29, of 1787 W. Meeting St.; Brandon Theodis McIlwain, 23, of 802 Hampton Road; and Sherie Jenita Myers, 25, of 706 Chesterfield Ave. were each charged Friday with first-degree burglary and kidnapping charges.

  • Capital projects slashed in county budget

    Cut back.

    That's what Councilman Wayne Kersey suggested the county do when County Administrator Steve Willis gave council the grim news about the 2008-09 county budget.

    Kersey said he didn't want to continue to burden the people of Lancaster County. The budget right now is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year.

  • USDA program helps family buy their first home

    For years, Carolyn Taylor dreamed of being a home owner. And thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that dream is now a reality.

    Carolyn Taylor, who lived in public housing for more than nine years, bought her first home in March.

    She moved into a 1,300-square-foot house on Froebe Drive after being approved for a Section 502 loan from the USDA's Rural Development. The loans are mainly used to help low-income families buy homes in rural areas.

  • Man on trial for '06 shooting death

    The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon in the death of Lamont Witherspoon, who suffered a fatal gunshot on a Lancaster street while others stood close by in December 2006.

    Jerry McGriff, 38, of Lancaster, is on trial for the murder.

    The state alleges that McGriff shot Witherspoon after an altercation outside the Taylor Street residence of Barbara Green, who the two men were reportedly romantically involved with.

  • Organizers hope air show will attract big crowds

    Organizers of an air show at the Lancaster County Airport/McWhirter Field hope the event will draw people from all over the region.

    The 2008 Palmetto Thunder Air Show, slated for May 17 and 18, will feature action from jets, helicopters and World War II-era bombers.

    See Lancaster Executive Director Frank Keel, one of the event's local organizers, hopes for $120,000 in ticket sales and 10,000 people each day.

    "It's going to be big," Keel said. "Hopefully, we'll attract local folks and those from the Charlotte and Rock Hill area."