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  • Man dies from gunshot wounds at Pardue Apartments

    The city of Lancaster had its first murder of 2008 early Monday morning.

    Derrick Damond Davis, 21, 806 Pardue St., died this morning after suffering two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the right arm, at Pardue Street Apartments, a government-subsidized apartment complex.

    Davis was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital at 4:16 a.m., about an hour after the estimated time of the shooting. It is not known if the shooting took place inside or outside of the apartment.

  • Battle brewing over cancer center

    There appears to be a battle on the horizon between companies that want to build a cancer radiation treatment center in Lancaster.

    South Carolina Oncology Services, owned by 21st Century Oncology of Fort Myers, Fla., and the Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center, owned by Piedmont Medical Center of Rock Hill and Carolinas HealthCare System of Charlotte, applied for a certificate of need from the state.

    South Carolina Oncology Services applied for the certificate on May 15, 2007, and the Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center applied for the certificate on Aug. 9, 2007.

  • Huffman making second bid for House seat

    Donald Huffman has joined the competition between Lancaster County Councilman Fred Thomas and Kershaw Administrator Tony Starnes for the Democratic Party nomination for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    Huffman, 59, a retiree from Springs Industries and former small business owner, ran for the seat two years ago, but was defeated by then County Councilman Alston DeVenny in the primary. Republican Mick Mulvaney went on to win the seat.

  • Utility eases water restrictions

    While it’s not necessary this weekend because of recent heavy rainfall, residents can now water their lawns again in Lancaster County without fear of a fine.

    Water customers of the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw have been under water-use restrictions because of the drought since August.

    But now the worst may be over as drought indicators along the Catawba-Wateree River are improving.

  • Revised dog control ordinance up for a vote Monday

    County Council will go to the dogs again Monday night, this time with a revamped ordinance on animal control laws.

    Last month, council drew both the ire and support of residents when it proposed designating all pit bulls, American bulldogs and Perro de Presa Canario dogs as dangerous, regardless of whether the dogs have ever attacked anyone.

  • No threats reported at LHS on Friday

    Contrary to rumors, school officials said there were no fights, discovery of weapons or anything else at Lancaster High School on Friday that would have prompted a lockdown.

    Lancaster High Principal Dr. Joe Keenan said extra police officers were called in Friday morning merely for precaution.

    He said a rumor was spread Thursday at school that a fight was going to take place on Friday. However, there were no discipline issues the entire day. Also, officials didn’t find anything at the school that would raise concern Friday.

  • Students reach out to girl who lost everything in house fire

    They’re probably too young to understand the ins and outs of home insurance. And they may not be able to explain all the conditions that might cause a house fire.

    But there’s one thing for sure – North Elementary School kindergartners realize how much help a person needs if they lose their home in a fire.

    Saniiya Mingo, a kindergartner at the school, has received much support from fellow students and her teachers after her Chandler Place home burned a week ago.

    Take kindergartner Julia Sowell, for instance.

  • Storms cause no severe damage in county

    Lancaster County was lucky, despite tornado warnings and the severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said while no property damage from the storms had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, people were still on edge.

    “There were a lot of people concerned last night, and for good reason,” Russell said. “But I think we got lucky again.”

  • District names contest winners

    The Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District announced the winners of its 2007 conservation contests last week.

    The contest, open to students in the Lancaster County School District, carried the theme The Living Soil.

    Elementary school participants made either poster boards or bulletin boards that tied into soil and conservation. Four classes entered the conservation bulletin board contest and 500 students throughout the district entered the poster contest.

  • Annual Relay for Life just a few weeks away

    The American Cancer Society has enjoyed consistent support from Lancaster County for 13 years, as  local residents have managed to raise more than $1 million for research during the annual Relay for Life.

    Despite hard economic times, volunteers are confident giving will stay plentiful in this year’s Relay for Life.