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  • Iraq War vet reads to his son's classmates

    The book Jeff Catoe read for first-graders at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School fit his son's situation so well, you might think the book was written about him.

    Catoe, a sergeant major with the U.S. Army who's done two tours of duty in Iraq, visited the school Friday to talk about how families are affected by military deployment.

    His wife, Casey, is a teacher at the school and his youngest son, Jacob, is a student there.

  • City OKs purchase of pickup truck for police department

    Lancaster City Council voted to nix one vehicle purchase in favor of another Jan. 22.

    Police Chief Hugh White explained the need for a watch commander vehicle, instead of a third patrol car in this year's capital improvement budget.

    Council approved the request 6-0. Councilman Preston Blackmon was absent.

  • Vandals damage sheriff's office patrol car

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is trying to find out who spray painted "666" and "pig" on one of its cruisers.

    Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday, someone vandalized the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria assigned to Deputy Vincent Webb, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said. The numbers "666" appear on the vehicle nearly 10 times.

    Some people consider 666 as the number of the beast, as explained in the Book of Revelations.

    The vandalism happened while the car was parked in Webb's driveway.

  • USCL to celebrate Black History Month

    Organizers of a local Black History Month celebration want you to get a thorough dosage of the African-American experience and are starting from where it all began - Africa.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster's The African American Odyssey, a month-long celebration, kicks off today with a memorial tribute to Dr. Asa Hilliard.

    Hilliard was a psychologist, historian, professor and a founding member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. Hilliard, who served as the association's first vice president, died last August.

  • Hodge just ducky after state calling win

    You know the old saying: If it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck...

    Or maybe not.

    It may just be Blake Hodge playing around in his front yard.

    Blake, 12, quacked his way to the South Carolina junior duck calling championship at a Jan. 20 competition in Georgetown. With his win, he advances to the world championship in Arkansas in November.

    Blake had to perform a duck call in under 90 seconds. Competitors enter a makeshift duck blind, where a light is turned on. When the light goes off, the caller begins his routine.

  • Council fills two vacancies on planning commission

    County Council members appointed two new members to the Lancaster County Planning Commission on Monday.

    Planning Commission Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, and members Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 resigned during the commission's monthly work session Jan. 10.

  • Powers-Norrell to run for Senate seat

    Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers-Norrell formally announced Thursday that she will be a candidate for the state Senate District 16 seat.

    The office has been held by Greg Gregory, a Republican, since 1992, but Gregory announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election this year.

    Surrounded by family, friends and supporters – particularly public school educators – Powers-Norrell announced she'd be running for the seat as a Democrat. She made her announcement in front of about 50 people at Discovery School.

  • Illegal immigration reform receives key approval in House

    State Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 45, believes the Legislature will approve a bill clamping down on illegal immigration this year.

    The bill received key approval Wednesday in the House.

  • Firm to build business park in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND - A top development firm is making its second foray into Lancaster County.

    The Keith Corp. has bought 38 acres on Old Bailes Road off S.C. 160 to build Sterling Oaks Business Park.

    The Keith Corp. has proposed building 350,000 square feet of office space in five buildings, with each building measuring 50,000 to 75,000 square feet.

    "They're highly successful in developing corporate office parks," said Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • County wants second opinion on value of park

    INDIAN LAND - County Council wants a second opinion on the worth of a 9-acre park in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Joint Recreation Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Department have proposed selling Roy Hardin Park on Collins Road in Indian Land for $1 million. A developer is interested in building a commercial development there and wants to use the park area for storm drainage.

    Residents oppose sale of park

    Council member Bryan Vaughn, who represents Indian Land, and some Indian Land residents are against the sale.