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  • Boy, 13, beaten with bat

    A 13-year-old Lancaster boy was hit in the head with a baseball bat when he tried to stop a group of boys from stealing his bicycle Sunday.

    The boy noticed the bike was missing from the front porch of his Pardue Street home about 11 p.m. and went around the back and saw about five boys gathered near it, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Tire headquarters to roll this way

    INDIAN LAND – Continental Tire North America will wheel its Charlotte headquarters into a new building in Indian Land next year.

    The tire manufacturer will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, an $11 million investment. Contractors have begun clearing land for the building, and construction is expected to be completed in early 2009.

  • Planning for 6,300-acre project in Chester Co. ahead of schedule

    CHESTER – A lengthy approval process for Montrose Plantation is ahead of schedule, according to the developer, and a recent state grant is helping it proceed.

    Montrose Plantation is the 6,300-acre mixed-use project owned by Charlotte real estate investor Mel Graham. The property is located along Interstate 77 in Chester County.

    "The lengthy approval process is going extremely well," Graham said. "We are about midway through the approval process, which we originally expected to take several years to complete. We are ahead of schedule."

  • He will bring the jokes; you bring the laughs to Comedy Night

    INDIAN LAND – Comedian Tony Boswell says his dream job would be to host Weekend Update, the popular, long-running skit on "Saturday Night Live."

    "Is that going to happen?" Boswell said, sitting at his kitchen table at his home in BridgeMill. "Probably not. I'm 45."

    But he's having a good time, anyway. He just placed second in the 28th Seattle International Comedy Competition.

  • Continental Tire to move headquarters to Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND - Continental Tire North America is picking up and moving 12 miles from its Charlotte headquarters to a new building in Indian Land next year.

    The new facility will house 300 Continental employees. It means an $11 million investment in land and development of a new 75,000-square-foot building, now under construction at MacMillan Business Park on S.C. 160. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2009.

  • GF fire captain accused of arson

    GREAT FALLS - Great Falls Fire Capt. David Dutton is facing an arson charge in a fire at the town fire department and is considered "a person of interest" in three other fires, authorities say.

    Dutton, of 10 Farrow St., was charged last week with third-degree arson, an arrest warrant from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division said.

    An arrest warrant says Dutton used the liquid antibacterial hand sanitizer Germ-X to burn a desk at the Great Falls Fire Department. Germ-X contains ethyl alcohol, a flammable compound.

  • Winds pick up speed

    Hold on to your hats. Wind - and later in the week, rain - are in the forecast.

    The flags around town and your hair will likely be whipping in the wind again today. As they did on Tuesday, the winds will be gusting up to 30 mph, with sustained winds of 6 to 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service. You might think Lancaster is the Windy City instead of the Red Rose City.

  • Funeral customs focus of exhibit

    When Africans were brought to America, they adopted some European traditions while maintaining many of their original customs.

    This is evident in various funeral and mourning rituals used today.

    Elaine Nichols, a curator at the S.C. State Museum, gave a presentation about African American homegoing customs at the Medford Library at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Friday. Nichols' lecture was based on an exhibit called "The Last Mile of the Way," which is on display in the library.

  • Couple die in fire

    Married for eight years, the Omarsabriis were a couple who did everything together, their relatives say.

    Early Sunday, the couple - Nakim, 35, and Jacqueline, 39 - died in a fire at their 12th Street home, leaving their families in shock.

    "It's like a dream still to me," said Nakim's sister, Letitia Patterson on Tuesday.

    Fighting the fire

  • Carolina Thread Trails include Lancaster County

    In November, more than 600 guests were invited to attend a kickoff luncheon at Charlotte Marriott City Center sponsored by Carolina Thread Trails. Two of those guests represented See Lancaster - board president Debbie Jaillette and welcome center hostess Sylvia Hudson. They and other guests were educated about the proposed trails while witnessing first hand $14.5 million in corporate commitments toward the fundraising campaign. Duke Energy, Wachovia, Bank of America and Foundation for the Carolinas were among the contributors.