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  • 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.

  • Red Cross volunteer helps out after Alabama tornado

    INDIAN LAND - Mike Huffstetler began learning about emergency response as a 12-year-old Boy Scout. He went on to become an Eagle Scout, volunteered with Gaston County Emergency Management for 10 years and even saved a swimmer's life in the 1970s.

    "It's amazing how your training comes back right away," Huffstetler said of facing an emergency situation. He has taken first aid, CPR, Red Cross and FEMA courses.

  • County Council committee to revise noise ordinance

    After all the noise about concrete plants in Indian Land, and an outside study that suggests some of the plants are louder than they should be, Lancaster County Council has appointed a committee to study the issue.

    There are now four concrete plants in operation or close to operation at 521 Perimeter Commerce Park – MacLeod Construction, Concrete Supply Co., CEMEX and Blue Dot Readi-Mix.

    The industrial park is adjacent to the Brookchase and subdivisions.

    MacLeod was operating there years before Brookchase was built.

  • Are we doing enough to protect the river?

    First it was the Carolina heelsplitter.

    Now, Lancaster County can add the Catawba River to its endangered list, according to a river advocacy group.

    American Rivers released a report late last week that listed the Catawba – Lancaster County's entire western border – as the No. 1 most endangered river in the nation. Its main threat – outdated water supply management, according to the report.