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  • Census: Heath Springs residents will be counted

    HEATH SPRINGS – At Heath Springs’ March Town Council meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor expressed concern about how residents would be counted.

    Census forms will not be mailed to post office boxes, and town officials were not notified that there would be an alternative method of counting Heath Springs residents, said Terry Plumb of regional media relations for the U.S. Census Bureau.

    More than 400 residents receive mail at a post office box only. There were no sites arranged in Heath Springs to distribute the forms.

  • Council nixes plan on government change

    Peggy White of Lancaster pleaded with County Council on Monday not to alter the county’s form of government.

    White was responding to a proposed measure that would transform the county’s government from an administrator to a manager form of government. The proposed change comes as county Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided not to run again after his term expires in 2012.

  • Hot weather, high pollen count caused misery for many people

    Beckie Johnson of Lancaster was tired of the yellow haze that covered about every outdoor surface or was flying through the air earlier this week.

    Johnson suffers from spring allergies, caused by the yellow pollen. She usually has the sniffles this time each year, but it was worse this spring.

    “I can’t even go outside without sneezing,” Johnson said. “It’s horrible. Even sitting inside, taking medicine, it’s bad.”

  • Paws in the Panhandle holds weekly adoption drives

    INDIAN LAND – More than 5,000 animals in Lancaster County were put to death last year because they did not have a home. A new organization called Paws in the Panhandle Rescue and Adoption wants to change that with the help of Indian Land animal lovers.

    Gloria Davey founded Paws in the Panhandle in January to reduce the euthanasia rates of adoptable pets in the community. Her goal is to find homes for the animals in shelters in Lancaster and surrounding counties.

  • Teen faces multiple gun, assault charges

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several assault and gun charges after residents said he shot at a home on Sowell Street on April 3.

    Martiquos Javon McIlwain, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was charged with assault with intent to kill, simple assault, unlawful possession of a pistol, discharging a firearm in the city, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and threatening the life of a public official.

  • Plots available in Community Garden

    If you’ve got a green thumb and want to help your neighbors, the United Way of Lancaster County can help you grow vegetables this spring and summer.

    The United Way is taking applications for its second annual Community Garden, situated at the Springdale Recreation Center next to the Melvin Steele soccer fields.

  • City won't help fund new Charlotte mag

    Lancaster City Council members don’t like the idea of  helping fund a new Charlotte business magazine.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell asked council Tuesday to consider providing $7,000 to support the Charlotte USA Economic Development Guide, a startup publication that would promote business expansion and job creation for the 16 counties part of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

    Lancaster County is one of the four South Carolina counties in the partnership.

  • Camp Creek woman continues to battle rare liver illness

    Carson Powers Jr. hates to see his mother sit in her living room all day, depressed about the host of illnesses that have weakened her body.

    Rhonda Powers, who lives in the Camp Creek community, is battling a rare liver disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or “NASH.” The illness results in weight loss, weakness and fatigue.

    On top of that, Powers, 44, also has diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, vitamin deficiency and thyroid deficiency, as well as fibromyalgia – which causes chronic pain throughout the body.

  • Woman, 47, accused of taking church funds

    KERSHAW " A woman has been charged with taking more than $137,000 from Kershaw First Baptist Church over the last few years.

    Brenda Marie Coates, 47, of 223 Youngs Bend Road, Kershaw, has been charged with 46 counts of forgery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Coates is accused of forging the checks between October 2007 and last month, according to an incident report. The checks totaled $137,297.22.

  • Mission team found trip inspiring

    A mission team from Flint Ridge Baptist Church recently visited Glenwood Heights Baptist Church to minister about their mission trip to Baja, Mexico, last year.  

    The team consisted of 12 youth and adults.

    Michael Anderson, youth minister at Flint Ridge Baptist in Heath Springs, and several team members shared testimonies of their experience. A slide show of pictures and video of the trip were shown.