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  • Police reports - July 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man reported damage to his home between Monday and Tuesday. The report said the man returned to his home, which was being remodeled, and found the carpet cut and peeled up, as well as paint thrown on walls, floors and cabinets. Damage to the home is estimated at $3,000. There are no suspects in the case.

    •  Dimias Cadell Hinson, 22, 308 N. Hughes St., was charged July 19 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat-belt violation.

  • Spratt leads in money race

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt is ahead of his Republican challenger state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in the race for campaign contributions.

    Both candidates have released finance reports and fundraising figures recently.

    According to campaign finance reports Spratt released last week, the Democratic incumbent has raised about $1,061,202 as of June 30. He has spent about $385,000.

  • Board talks furlough days

    With only a month to go until the new school year begins, the county school board is looking at ways to manage the effects of required furlough days.

    The Lancaster County School District has already set several furlough days for the upcoming school year, including 10 days for administration and five days for all other staff members.

    Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the school district, discussed the ripple effect these furloughs are having Tuesday.

  • New church delivers old-fashioned message

    INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

    It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

    “We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.

  • Jobless rate down in June

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

    Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.

  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.

  • Should Sunday sales of alcohol be OK’d?

    INDIAN LAND – It happened one Sunday while Elissa Boyet was looking for something to eat.

    The Belair resident was on the hunt for a restaurant in Indian Land, but with so many Lancaster County establishments closed on Sunday, she finally gave up.

    After a little research, Boyet found that since the county prohibits the sale or serving of alcohol on Sundays, many business owners take the day off.

  • Several expensive mowers stolen

    Police have recovered several stolen pieces of expensive lawn care equipment, but are still looking for a person of interest in the thefts.

    On July 2, two zero-turn lawnmowers, each valued at $9,000, were reported stolen from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation building on 15th Street. The street is in the Lancaster Police Department’s jurisdiction. A pickup truck was also stolen at the time.

  • Officials hope to tap stimulus bonds to build natural gas pipeline

    The county has approved a bond resolution that could eventually lead to lower costs for natural gas customers in the county.

    Patriots Energy Group, a public body created by the Natural Gas Authorities of Chester, York and Lancaster counties, recently asked Lancaster County Council to allocate a benefit from the federal stimulus bill to their organization.

    Patriots requested a bond allocation that could help fund its construction of an almost 40-mile natural gas pipeline.

  • Council names panel members

    Lancaster City Council made some changes to its hospitality tax committee last week.

    Council members have sparred recently over which projects to fund with the city’s hospitality tax funds, which are generated by the sale of prepared food and hotel stays in the city limits. The money, by statute, can only be spent on projects that will bring in tourism to the city.