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  • Police reports - May 26, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge at a safety checkpoint on Quality Drive on May 14.

    Jarryn Damone Wade, 22, 120 Barnes Road, was charged with driving under suspension and possession of cocaine.

    The report said Wade told officers that his license was suspended because of a driving under the influence charge after he drove up to the checkpoint. Officers found a bag of cocaine in Wade’s pocket, the report said.

  • Council to consider first reading of county budget

    County Council will consider first reading of its 2010-11 budget at its Monday meeting.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this year’s budget was difficult to balance due to several cuts by the state Legislature and council’s insistence on not increasing county taxes. Major impacts council will discuss include a $400,000 cut in the local government fund by the state as well as a 10 percent increase in employer costs for the state health plan.

  • City officers will enforce teen curfew this summer

    The city of Lancaster has a curfew for youth 17 and under and the Lancaster Police Department wants to remind parents that officers will be enforcing it as school gets out for summer.

    From June 1 through Aug. 15, according to city ordinance, the curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m. It requires young people under 17 to be off public streets during those hours.

    From Aug. 16 to May 31, the curfew is 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The ordinance holds parents responsible for their children’s behavior.

  • Four hurt when two motorcycles wreck

    INDIAN LAND – The Swamp Hogs motorcycle club from Monck’s Corner did a safety check before leaving on a 1,000-mile trip Friday morning.

    They went over hand signals. They talked about riding their 13 motorcycles staggered, the hand signals they would use on the ride and how they would stop to put on their helmets when they got to North Carolina, which requires helmets.

    The club, with 13 bikes riding, stopped a few times as they made their way across South Carolina.

  • Library, rec department face budget cuts

    Lancaster County Council is preparing for significant cuts to the county’s library and recreation services in its new budget.

    Council, which gave first reading to its 2010-11 budget Monday, is considering a third consecutive budget with no property tax increases.

    The new budget will include state-mandated cuts, salary adjustments and increases in utility payments, but the most notable changes include a proposed 10 percent reduction in the county’s contribution to library and recreation services.

  • Horton has defied doctors’ predictions again and again

    SPARTANBURG – Five days before his first birthday, Tyler Horton suffered a fall that led to bleeding in his brain.

    The bleeding affected his vision to the point that Tyler, of Kershaw, is now legally blind. Doctors said that Tyler would never be able to walk or talk and that his growth would be stunted at best.

    However, through his sheer will and determination, Tyler Horton is now a strapping young man at 6-feet, 4-inches, has never missed a day of school in 14 years, and on Tuesday, he graduated from the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB).

  • Councilwoman gives up bail bonding license

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace no longer has a bail bonding license.

    The S.C. Department of Insurance asked Blackmon-Brace to surrender her license earlier this year after it found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with her bail bonding business.

    Blackmon-Brace has owned and operated Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co. in Lancaster for about 14 years. In her business, she bonds out people who appear before municipal judges in the city.

  • Officials investigate death of 13-month-old child

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a 13-months-old child.

    James Brian Jones was found unresponsive by his parents about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services responded to the home located at 1320 Culp-Landsford Road, Lancaster, and began emergency life-saving treatment, but the infant was unable to be resuscitated, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

  • Organizers: Red Rose Festival a success

    The musical acts wowed the crowd, vendors were successful and the weather was beautiful.

    Organizers say things went according to plan for the inaugural Red Rose Festival, which was this past weekend in downtown Lancaster.

    The festival, held Friday evening and most of Saturday, featured a strong helping of entertainment, including bands Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, which headlined, and Nantucket, which drew the largest crowd Saturday.

    There were many local and out-of-town vendors in attendance, selling food and a wide array of arts and crafts.

  • Fashion show raises $8,500 for children’s home

    Local models catwalked on the runway in fashions from local stores for a good cause on Saturday night.

    The Lancaster Children’s Home and Indian Land Rotary Club sponsored Southern Starry Nights, a charity fashion show, held Saturday night at the Artisans Center on Main Street in Lancaster.

    Guests received dinner, with entertainment provided by local attorney and singer Mitch Norrell. A silent auction and cocktail hour started off the evening.

    Clothing, ranging from casual to formal wear, was provided by Hi Lites, Belk and CB’s Ltd.