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  • Girl in good condition after dog attack

    A 9-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull at her Legacy Road home on Thursday.

    Lancaster County Animal Control Director Joel Hinson said the attack happened during a family get-together.

    The girl and other children were jumping on a trampoline.

    Hinson said the male pit bull, named Powder, broke free from his chain on a runner and charged the children, biting the girl on her left leg.

    "She's going to have to have skin grafts," Hinson said Friday. "She was tore up pretty good."

  • No one seriously hurt in wreck on U.S. 521

    Christopher Crook got a 2008 Kia Spectra as an early high school graduation present.

    It sat wrecked in the middle of U.S. 521 on Wednesday.

    Crook, a senior at Parkwood High School in bordering Union County, was driving to Pizza Hut in Lancaster during a lunch break from final exams when the accident occurred.

    As he drove west from Craig Manor Road across U.S. 521, he collided with a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier that was trying to make a left turn onto U.S. 521 from Hubbard Drive – the opposite direction. The accident happened about 1:30 p.m.

  • Man gets 40 years in shooting death

    A Lancaster County jury found a 38-year-old Lancaster man guilty of murder after about 30 minutes of deliberations Wednesday.

    The jury convicted Jerry McGriff of the December 2006 shooting death of Lamont Witherspoon, 32.

    McGriff was also convicted of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol after two and half days of testimony.

  • Schools would like a cut of developer fees

    School district officials talked with County Council members Monday about receiving a piece of the pie when it comes to the development fees the county collects.

    Council and school officials have suggested a 60/40 split in the development fees the county collects from developers per new house. If the county collects $10,000 per home, for example, $4,000 of that would go to the school district.

  • 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.

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  • 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.