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  • Police reports - Aug. 29, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Sammie Terrell Catoe, 26, of 1648 Billings Drive, was charged Aug. 11 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat belt violation.

    • Joshua William Deaton, 23, of Great Falls, was charged Aug. 12 with simple possession of marijuana, operating an uninsured vehicle and violation of open container violation.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Several storage units at H&H Chevrolet in Kershaw were broken into between Aug. 20 and 23.

  • With a few more renovations, a new center for middle and high school students, will open on East Gay Street.

    Ro and Akio Harris have started the Blessed to Care program, and are remodeling the office building at 405 E. Gay St. to accommodate an after-school program and computer lab for children in grades six through 12.

    During the summer, Blessed to Care provided education assistance, youth development workshops and supervised social functions for teens, Ro Harris said.

  • Man gets 50 years

    Latora Hood said her fiance, Jermaine Richardson, had a map of where he wanted his life to go.

    Richardson, 21, known as Baldy to friends and family, was trying to get into art school and “could draw anything you put in front of him,” Hood said.

    He and Hood lived at Pardue Street Apartments, but Richardson wanted them to move away from there, so the couple bought a house in 2006 near the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Bauer hands out fans to local senior citizens

    Joe Morris smiled as he turned the large blue and white fan box around in his hands.

    Morris, a retired postal employee from Lancaster, was one of more than 30 area seniors who received a free 20-inch Galaxy box fan from Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer on Thursday morning.

    The program at the Prime Time for Seniors Center in Lancaster was part of Bauer’s Fan the Heat 2010 initiative.

    “It’s really nice,” Morris said. “You couldn’t have enough fans this summer, especially for those who are in need.”

  • Three officials complete government skills course

    Kathy Sistare has one word to describe the government program she recently graduated from – tremendous.

    Sistare, along with fellow Lancaster County Council members Cotton Cole and Larry McCullough, recently graduated from a government-skills training program sponsored by the S.C. Association of Counties. Over the last 18 months, the three council members attended 27 hours of classes to earn their first level of certification.

  • Boy, 5, let off at wrong bus stop

    INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County School District has implemented a new policy after a kindergartner got off at the wrong bus stop and later straddled U.S. 521 in Indian Land on Tuesday afternoon.

    The boy, 5, was riding the school bus home from Indian Land Elementary School and was supposed to get off at the Hanover Crossing subdivision off U.S. 521, said Bryan Vaughn, the district’s director of safety and transportation.

  • Mayor receives Palmetto award

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw knew he’d be speaking before a crowd Tuesday morning, but he had no idea it would be for two reasons.

    Shaw was stunned – and brought to tears – when he was honored with the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor for service. The accolade was given at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Community event.

    Shaw said he had no clue he was receiving the award, smiling as his eyes began to well.

  • Blackmon-Brace final candidate to enter mayor's race

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace has made her bid for mayor official.

    The two-term councilwoman who has signs promoting her run for mayor up for months filed at the County Administration Building early Monday morning, just hours before the filing period ended.

    Blackmon-Brace is one of four people vying for the mayor’s seat, which is non-partisan.

    The other candidates are Donnie Birchfield, incumbent Joe Shaw and Mary Helen Yarborough.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    A second run

  • Lancaster County ACT scores increase in ’10

    The Lancaster County School District improved slightly on its overall performance from last year on the ACT college-entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2010 high school seniors posted an average composite score of 18.0 on the test’s 36-point scale. The district’s score in 2009 was 17.9.

    ACT considers a change of three-tenths of a point to be statistically significant. One-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.

  • Can road signs translate into jobs?

    County leaders are looking at how a federal sign mandate could create jobs for Lancaster County.

    With only a few years left before the county is required to convert all of its street and traffic signs to those with more reflective features, Lancaster County Council is considering options for manufacturing its own signs. Council discussed the idea earlier this month as a way to create some new jobs.