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  • Cole to seek District 3 seat on County Council

    Buford native and resident Cotton Cole announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat on Lancaster County Council on Thursday, promising to be a "voice for the district."

    "I'm told we need a voice for the District 3, someone who will speak up," said Cole, 52, who will run as a Democrat.

    He said he'll represent the district's interests first and those of Lancaster County second. Wesley Grier, a Republican, now holds the seat.

  • Students show they care

    All of the cans that Clinton Elementary School first-graders brought in produced a total that made their teachers proud.

    The school's first grade classes collected canned goods as part of a nationwide food drive called the "Souper" Bowl of Caring. The drive started about two weeks ago and wrapped up Feb 11.

    The cans will be donated to HOPE of Lancaster Inc.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, is a nonprofit agency that assists people with food and other expenses.

  • Group considering three sites for children's park

    KERSHAW - Three sites are now being considered by a group in Kershaw who hope to create a first-rate children's park.

    Beverly Timmons, who heads the Kershaw Community Park Council, said organizers are looking at two publicly owned properties and a private piece of land in the downtown area.

    One site is a baseball field on Matson Street, now owned by Lancaster County. Another is part of the Leroy Springs Recreation Center, owned by the town of Kershaw. The final property being considered is a piece of land owned by Norfolk Southern near downtown.

  • Officials warn about fake GED services

    COLUMBIA – The national organization responsible for administering the General Educational Development tests is advising people that the GED credential cannot be earned on the Internet or through correspondence programs.

    State GED administrators nationwide have reported increasing numbers of complaints from individuals who paid steep fees to take what they thought were official GED tests, and upon passing, thought they had earned the highly recognized GED credential issued by their respective state GED testing agency.

  • Proposed ordinance on naming buildings gets cold reception

    Lancaster County resident John Baker cautioned County Council on Monday night against naming public facilities after living people.

    Baker presented an ordinance he wrote that would prohibit naming a government building, for example, after a person who is still alive. He pointed to former Lt. Gov. Earle Morris Jr., who has public facilities named after him in Columbia. The former Carolina Investors chairman was later found guilty and is now serving time for securities fraud in the downfall of Carolina Investors.

  • Great Falls 'a speed trap,' says Chester County councilman

    GREAT FALLS - Chester County Councilman Archie Lucas said motorists are afraid to drive through the town of Great Falls.

    "I had one person who lives on Wateree say they would not come to Great Falls because the police will pull you over," Lucas said.

    "Great Falls is not being considered a speed trap," Lucas said. "It is one."

    Lucas said some people mistakenly think he serves on Great Falls Town Council when they complain to him.

  • About a year remains before all TV broadcasts will be in digital format

    Some people with analog television sets are scratching their heads over how they'll continue enjoying TV once the federal government mandates all broadcasts be in digital come February 2009.

    Lone analog television sets without cable or satellite service won't be able to receive broadcasts then, but the government and other interests are now working to make analog owners aware of what can be done once the change-over goes into effect.

  • Funds sought for road study

    Officials hope Lancaster County will land a grant that will pay for a study of an important traffic corridor.

    The grant, available for up to $300,000, could fund a study of the U.S. 521 corridor, from the Lancaster city limits to the North Carolina state line. It would also look at the S.C. 9 corridor, from the Chester County line to where it meets U.S. 521.

    The area south of S.C. 75 in the Panhandle to the Lancaster city limits is undeveloped for the most part right now, as sewer lines have not been extended through the area.

  • Man being held for having sex with a horse, official says

    A local man who was caught having sex with a horse remains behind bars at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Joey Ervin Catoe, 48, whose last listed address is 1430 Kelly Drive, was charged Jan. 15 with indecent exposure and buggery, which means sodomy or unnatural sex.

    On Jan. 2, a resident of Floyd Road in Kershaw walked around his barn beside his house and saw Catoe having sex with his 2-month old horse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • City continues search for part-time associate judge

    The city of Lancaster's associate judge position for Sunday is open after several months of searching.

    After Helen Sowell resigned from her post as municipal judge and became city administrator last summer and an associate judge also resigned, municipal court staff duties were restructured. The associate judge's position for the weekend shift, a part-time job, remains open.