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  • Evelyn and Jones Faulkenberry still attentive to each other's needs

    Not many couples celebrate their 70th anniversary.

    But Jones and Evelyn Faulkenberry of Elgin, 89, and 86, respectively, have defied the odds. They seemed happy Saturday as they basked in the adulation of friends and three generations of family, who joined them at their daughter Dixie Robert’s home on Old Camden Road to celebrate their seven decades of marriage.

    Adults talked and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and children ran through the large front yard. The couple has five children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Applebee's manager is tops

    The employees of Applebee’s restaurant in Lancaster have much to celebrate after winning several awards at an annual company-wide contest.

    Out of the 33 restaurants in its South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia district, the restaurant was named the best of 2007 and its general manager, Tereasa Richardson, won the Best General Manager of the Year award. The restaurant also bested other restaurants in no employee accidents, best employee surveys and over $2 million in sales.

    The awards were given at the Apple-J’s annual banquet in Greenville in February.

  • Time to renovate library?

    It’s easy to see that the main branch of the Lancaster County Library is running out of space.

    Cubicles are crammed into office space. Records are stacked in boxes up to the ceiling. Power poles for the computers break up the public area of the library.

    “We need to upgrade our system so we don’t have to have poles everywhere,” said assistant library director Nancy Berry.

  • 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.