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  • 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.

  • Couple dies in 12th Street fire early Sunday

    The Lancaster County Coroner's Office has released the names of a couple killed in a house fire early Sunday morning.

    Nakim Omarsabrii, 35, and his wife, Jacqueline S. Omarsabrii, 39, died of carbon monoxide poisoning, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Shannon Evans on Monday.

  • Heritage tract preserves river shore
  • Ball players, reporter help students with assignment

    Students across the school district met at Covenant Baptist Church on Feb. 8 for the 12th annual READ-In.

    Forty middle school students from area schools were divided into different groups to discuss the book, "Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery" by John Feinstein.

    A.R. Rucker sixth-grader JeNae Jones enjoyed the book.

    "I like the book because it's about sports... Basketball is a great sport and it's competitive," Jones said.

    Just like the characters in the book, students received pointers about being a reporter.

  • Chamber, LCEDC get IL office

    INDIAN LAND - Business leaders, chamber of commerce members and employment officials now have a place to meet in the Panhandle.

    Merrifield Partners, the developer of 521 Commerce Center on U.S. 521, donated a 1,300-square-foot space in the Pinckney Building for use by Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the local office of the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    The three entities will share the cost of a monthly $565 maintenance fee, said LCEDC President Keith Tunnell.

  • Valentine's Day inspires couple to marry at probate judge's office

    Jacqueline Montgomery and Robert Barber decided to express their love in a major way on Valentine's Day - they got married.

    After Barber proposed to the Lancaster native last year, he told her that she could pick the wedding date. After initially planning to wed in the fall, she thought that Valentine's Day would be the most appropriate day.

    "Today is a special day for us," she said while glazing into Barber's eyes. "It's the perfect day for us to unite."