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  • Police say jail death was suicide

    A Lancaster man who was facing felony animal cruelty charges in York County was found dead Wednesday in his cell at the Union County, N.C., jail.

    Authorities there say his death may have been suicide, the Associated Press said.

    Travis Small, 29, had been held there since Nov. 28 on charges of felony larceny, failure to appear in court, driving without an operator's license and reckless driving to endanger.

    Small also had outstanding warrants in York County for throwing a poodle and cat from a moving car.

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  • Council on Aging to leave Heath Springs

    The Lancaster County Council on Aging is pulling its services out of the Heath Springs Senior Center, after a failed working relationship with the site's afternoon overseers.

    But starting in 2008, Heath Springs seniors are welcome at the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center for daily meals served at noon and other council on aging programing they participated in at the Heath Springs center.

    The Kershaw center's staff will also deliver meals to Heath Springs homes and provide transportation to the center, which is about five miles from the Heath Springs Senior Center.

  • KMG employees compete to raise food donations for HOPE

    KMG America has found a way to have a little fun while helping others.

    The local insurance company is collecting non-perishable foods to donate to HOPE of Lancaster Inc., a local agency that helps people with food, utilities and other expenses.

    KMG has done the drive for several years, but this is the first time it's been set up as a competition. Employees have split up into four teams, who are competing to see who can raise the most pounds of food.

  • BHS honors Whited at Arbor Day service

    The staff and students of Buford High School used this year's Arbor Day celebration to remember the life of one of their own.

    The school held its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday morning and a red maple tree was planted in the courtyard in memory of Bobby Whited.

    Whited, a Buford High senior, died in a car accident in 2004.

  • Area leaders target gap in student performance

    Community leaders met for a third time to discuss closing the achievement gap among students in Lancaster County.

    A committee was formed earlier this year to study why some students don't achieve academically as well as others, and what can be done about it.

    About 20 people attended the latest meeting, held Thursday at the TRIO Learning Resource Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Discussion came from three questions committee facilitator Bobby Bailey left the group with at the end of the previous meeting in August:

  • Angel tree needs help to make kids Christmas

    Christmas may not come for some local needy children whose names haven't been taken off Lancaster Christian Services angel trees.

    Program volunteer Brenda Campbell said there are 77 names left on the tree at the Church of Lancaster on Craig Farm Road in the youth building. But when the program allows people who missed the September deadline to fill out applications on Dec. 12. between 200 and 300 more are expected to be added. The applications may be filled out between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the church on that day.