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  • Literacy hotline up and running

    There’s now a phone number you can call any time with questions about literacy programs in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) recently debuted its literacy hotline, (803) 286-READ (7323).

    That number will allow you to receive information about any of the 13 local agencies partnering with LALC.

    If you’re out of town, you can call toll free at (877) 775-READ (7323).

  • Council rescinds measure to annex 121 acres into city

    Kathy White is glad Lancaster City Council has rescinded a recent decision to annex 121 acres of land into the city limits.

    On Feb. 23, council voted unanimously on final reading to annex two tracts of property adjacent to Forest Hills subdivision and Partridge Hill subdivision near West Meeting Street.

    The land, owned by St. Katherine Properties, LLC, had been given an interim zoning of R-10, a  residential district that requires 10,000 square feet per lot. An R-15 classification, though, is less dense, required 15,000 squire feet per lot.

  • USCL festival celebrates Native-American culture with festival

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Native-American Studies Program will kick off its fifth annual Native American Studies Week on March 27 with a festival highlighting Native-American art and culture in South Carolina. 

    The event will feature American-Indian dancing, drumming, storytelling and arts and crafts demonstrations. Vendors will be on hand selling Native-American art and crafts, including Catawba Indian pottery. 

  • Sheriff’s office investigating baby's death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby at a Springdale Road home on Wednesday.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies responded to the home and talked with the 25-year-old father.

    The man said he got out of bed and went into the living room about 10:45 a.m. to watch television with his two other children. He said he took the comforter from the bed and made a pallet on the living room floor so he and the other two children could lie on the floor, the report said.

  • Official proposes firefighter program in local high schools

    County Council will discuss a potential high school firefighter program at its meeting Monday.

    Council will hear a presentation about the proposed four-credit elective class from Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell.

    The proposal calls for starting the program in two local high schools and expand it to other schools if needed.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said if the county adopts the new program, students could become certified firefighters upon completion of the course.

  • Grievance hearing set for fired police officer

    A grievance hearing for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

    The hearing will be held in council chambers at Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    Parsons, 50, was fired March 2 after complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, that stated that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Officers seize $20,000 in arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop by county drug officers on Thursday that yielded more than 6 pounds of marijuana and $20,000.

    Lepoleon Hall, 32, of 927 Louisa St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a park.

    According to a press release, drug officers serving arrest warrants in the Central Avenue area saw Hall driving and knew that his driver’s license was suspended.

  • Shooting suspect charged after traffic stop

    Three Lancaster men, including one wanted in a shooting last month, were arrested after a traffic stop in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street on Monday.

    Demarcus Antoine Samuel, 20, of 122-A Pleasant Hill St., was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession of marijuana and no turn signal.

    MiQuavis Jamar Cunningham, 19, of 305 N. Market St., was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

  • Edenmoor Timeline

    • 1999 – The Mulvaney Group begins putting together an 800-acre development it called St. Katherine’s.

    • July 2002 – Property zoned Planned Development District (PDD) 8 at the request of the Mulvaney Group/St. Katherine’s.

    • September 2004 – County Ordinance 623 creates special tax-assessment district for St. Katherine’s.

  • Blaze damages Kershaw building

    KERSHAW " Officials say a fire at a vacant industrial building in Kershaw is suspicious.

    Several fire departments from Lancaster and Kershaw counties battled a blaze at the vacant building on Little Dude Avenue in Kershaw on Wednesday night.

    The fire started about 3:30 p.m. at the vacant tin building across from ECN Inc.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the fire is suspicious, but has not been ruled an arson.