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  • More than light in city now

    INDIAN LAND - Employees are moving in, and a new building is under construction at Inspiration Ministries' City of Light campus on U.S. 521.

    About 300 people will move into the completed WorldReach Center, a 118,029-square-foot headquarters building, over the next few weeks, said John Roos, senior vice president of corporate communications and research for Inspiration Ministries.

  • Council wants more input before acting on dangerous dog ordinance

    Most showed up to defend man's best friends - in this case, pit bulldogs.

    Others handed out police incident reports and photographs of wounds suffered at the mouths of pit bulls.

    It was clear in County Council chambers Monday night - either you love pit bulls, or you hate them, and the county needs to do more work on a proposed ordinance that targets dangerous dogs.

  • Professor promotes reading for pleasure

    Literacy advocates were encouraged last week to remember the pleasure you can get from reading and to spread that joy with others.

    Dr. Linda Gambrell, president of the International Reading Association, was the guest speaker during a special luncheon on Thursday afternoon sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    The event, dubbed For the Love of Reading, was held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Two die in wreck

    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the two people killed in a car crash on Camp Creek Road on Tuesday.

    Heather D. Johnson, 19, of 2637 Home Place Lane, and Jose Luise Torres De La Luz, 23, of 1662 Ruth St., died in the crash, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Wednesday.

    De La Luz was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force head and chest trauma, Morris said.

    Johnson was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday of chest injuries.

  • County may tighten dog laws

    County Council will consider an ordinance Monday night that would designate three dog breeds, including pit bulls, as dangerous.

    Council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would tighten several of the county’s animal control laws, including how an owner provides water and shelter for dogs kept outside.

    The ordinance also designates pit bulls, American bull dogs and perro de Presa Canario dogs, or Canary dogs, as dangerous. Pit bulls have gotten a bad reputation in recent years because they are sometimes used in illegal dog fighting.

  • Rowell wants one more term as county treasurer

    Lancaster County Treasurer Richard "Dick" Rowell wants to run for one more term in office, preferably unopposed, of course.

    Rowell, 63, a Democrat, said he'd like to run without the cost of waging a campaign against an opponent. Rowell's daughter, Mary Helen, is a freshman at University of South Carolina, and he said he'd like to remain in office one more term to pay for her college education.

  • Agents stop package full of pot from being delivered to address

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says it stopped a package containing 111 pounds of marijuana from coming into the county and has charged a 36-year-old Lancaster man in connection with the incident.

    Russell Wayne McClellan has been charged with trafficking in marijuana over 100 pounds and possession of firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • District to register students for first grade, early-age programs

    Registration for 4-year-old child development, 5-year-old kindergarten and first grade for 2008-09 in the Lancaster County School District is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

    "It's very important that parents register their children so we can begin to prepare for next year," Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said. "Registering now lets schools know what to expect so teachers, facilities and materials are ready. In addition, it lets us schedule hearing, speech and vision screenings for students who register."

  • Man robbed at gun point

    A 62-year-old Lancaster man told authorities that he was robbed a gun point Thursday night inside a Dolphin Road home.

    The man was at a friend's house when two men carrying guns entered and demanded money about 10 p.m., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    One robber had a shotgun and the other carried a pistol, the report said.

    He said he gave the men a little more than $500 and then the assailants left the home. The victim didn't hear a vehicle and didn't know in what direction they headed, the report said.

  • Society focuses on art

    Black and white sketches, water painting and abstract photographs comprised some of the art work Lancaster High School students displayed Monday night.

    As family members and others looked at the art, the students talked about how good it is to know that more people in the community will be able to see their work.

    Twenty-one students at Lancaster High were inducted into the National Art Honor Society Monday. The ceremony and reception was held inside the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.