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  • Report: shoplifting suspect bit police officer on hand

    While one officer worked to take a bite out of crime, the man he had just arrested took a bite out of him.

    Terry Andre Stradford, 42, of 1216 Memorial Park Road, led a Lancaster police officer on a pursuit about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that Stradford shoplifted from the Rite Aide on Main Street, according to an incident report.

    The officer had to drag Stradford from the crawl space of a house to arrest him, a report said.

  • McDougal: SMH future is bright

    Tom McDougal listens intently as cardiologist Mark Ciminelli discusses some of the new equipment in the cath lab at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    This is the first time that McDougal, the hospital's chief executive officer, has gotten a walk-through of the room, which includes an X-ray station, information screens and about 50 different type of catheters. All of the equipment is just a few weeks old.

  • Nurse killed in Pineville had local ties

    Virginia Sanchez's life began in turmoil, say her grandparents, the Rev. Bill and Saundra Ferguson of Lancaster.

    Sanchez lived with different family members when she was young, including with the Fergusons. She was emancipated from her parents at 16.

    "She had some teenage problems, like a lot of teenagers do," Saundra Ferguson said. "It took a while to get past that, but she was starting to turn her life around."

  • Straight-A student's angry plans for 'Columbine III'

    CHESTERFIELD – "He recognized his anger."

    Chesterfield Police Chief Randall Lear offered insight into the mind of Chesterfield High senior Ryan Schallenberger, 18, who was charged Saturday with plotting to detonate bombs at his school.

    Lear said the young man was angry – and had planned to let the world know.

    Deputies charged the high school senior Saturday after finding plans for an assault on students and teachers. Schallenberger called his plan "Columbine III," police said.

  • Vaughn dissents on referendum issue

    Most of County Council agreed to appoint a committee that will determine the needs of the county and write a bond referendum question for voters in the November election.

    Council passed a resolution at its April 7 meeting to form the Lancaster County capital projects sales tax commission. The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Bryan Vaughn voting against it.

    The committee will be made up of three members appointed by County Council and two from Lancaster City Council. The two members from City Council will appoint one more member, who will be from either Heath Springs or Kershaw.

  • Coalition to hold town hall meeting

    Did you know that nearly three out of every 10 high school seniors in Lancaster County reported being drunk at least once in the last month?

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition, which conducts studies on underage drinking, is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in hopes of reducing those numbers.

    The Underage Drinking Prevention town hall meeting will be 6 p.m. at Lancaster High School auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

  • Teen shoots another teen in leg

    A Lancaster teenager was shot after he and another teen were playing around with a gun on Friday, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    The teens' names are not being released because of their ages.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said the two teens were "messing around with a gun" on York Street, with one teen shooting the other in the leg.

    "That's the indication right now, that it was just accidental," Holland said Saturday.

    Sheriff's investigators and Lancaster Police Department detectives worked to interview witnesses Friday afternoon.

  • CCA students win awards

    Carolina Christian Academy has a statewide spelling bee champ and he isn't ready to stop competing anytime soon.

    Papa Odita-Honnah, a fourth-grader at CCA, recently finished first in the S.C. Association of Christian Schools' upstate spelling bee. He came in first place in the bee in 2007, as well.

    Odita-Honnah is just one of dozens of CCA students to participate in various statewide competitions last month.

    About 30 CCA students won awards in academic and fine arts contests sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools.

  • Kershaw picks spot for park

    KERSHAW - A decision has been made on where a new children's playground in Kershaw will be built, and it's likely a familiar spot to many.

    The Kershaw Community Park Council approved a 6,000-square-foot site within the Stevens Park property, home to the Kershaw Recreation Center, said co-chairwoman Beverly Timmons.

    The group initially sought a different site on the Stevens Park property, but the town of Kershaw would have to open a road and close part of Ingram Street for that site to be used.

  • Philly trip altered my brain molecules

    Four planes in four days, including two 50-seaters, the streets of Philadelphia and a heart-stopping art exhibit – I survived it all.

    Thanks to a Lancaster County Council of the Arts grant, and the generosity of Fran Gardner and Christina Chastain, I had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia for what we three believe was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.