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  • Extortion threat made in e-mail to local man

    A Lancaster man reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone sent him an e-mail claiming to be a hit man.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man said he received the e-mail on June 24.

    The sender claimed to be a hit man hired to kill the man and his family if he did not comply with a $30,000 extortion request.

  • USC fans savor national championship victory

    Area University of South Carolina baseball fans are basking in the glow of the Gamecocks’ greatest diamond coup.

    USC captured the baseball program’s first-ever NCAA national championship, sweeping the best-of-three College World Series with a 2-1, 11th-inning win over UCLA at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday night.

    The one-run win came a day after the Gamecocks topped the Bruins, 7-1, to set the stage for the title-clinching victory in the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt.

  • Caseloads could increase

    A commission created by the General Assembly recommended changes to laws regarding property and violent crimes and drug offenses that could have County Council voting to add more local judicial staff in the coming year.

  • First Citizens donates to campaign

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster has received another sizable contribution that will help pay for a future classroom building.

    First Citizens bank has pledged $100,000 toward the structure, which will house faculty, staff and students in the general curriculum of the arts and sciences.

    USCL officials hope to begin construction on the $6.8 million building in 2011.

    First Citizens made its check presentation last week inside USCL’s Starr Hall.  

  • Sentencing law affects county budget

    The effects of a newly passed state Sentencing Reform Act had County Council divided over accepting its proposed budget on Monday night.

    Before voting to approve the county’s 2010-11 budget, several council members debated the addition of two new items for the county’s magistrates court system.

  • Bank overdraft laws to take effect Thursday

    A new law goes into effect Thursday that may affect how you use your debit card.

    A Federal Reserve regulation will change the way banks assess fees when a person overdrafts during debit-card purchases or ATM withdrawals.

    Many financial institutions charge between $10 and $38 per transaction when a person uses his or her card after their checking account reaches $0. That overdraft protection is in place as a default action.

  • Reflecting on 100 years of living

    INDIAN LAND – Sitting in the small living room of the house he built in Indian Land more than 60 years ago, Andrew Potts crosses his legs and glances at a cabinet packed full of family photos.

    There’s a hinged frame with black and white photos of Potts and his first wife, Jessie Bell, whom he married in 1932. A faded color snapshot from the 1980s shows Potts with his second wife, Juanita, years after they wed in 1970. And on the rest of the shelves are various color pictures of his two children, three step-children, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

  • Woman upset about ripped American flag

    Renee Bozeman’s sister bought her an American flag for her birthday, July 8, last year.

    When Bozeman moved to Lancaster County three years ago to be close to her daughter and grandchildren, she always said the only thing missing from her Springdale Road home was a flag.

    Bozeman said her twin sister, Roxanne, came down from Pennsylvania last year to celebrate their birthday and the Fourth of July together.

  • Chester County development still on go, says Graham

    CHESTER – Developer Melvin Graham said Monday that Montrose, a planned multi-billion dollar development off Interstate 77 in Chester County, is for sale, as was reported last week.

    However, Graham said that doesn’t mean the property’s status is any different than it has been for the past four years.

    “Nothing has changed with Montrose,” Graham said. “Of course, it is for sale. I’m a real estate developer. Everything I’ve ever owned is for sale.”

  • Fireworks a bang-up business

    While many businesses have seen a sharp drop in sales due to the sour economy, local fireworks dealers say they are doing quite well.

    David Smith, manager of Phantom Fireworks in Indian Land, said business took a slight dip in 2009, but this year, sales have been steady. “Buy one, get one free” discounts and membership to a discount group called the Phantom Club have proved to be attractive to customers.

    Smith believes business will continue to improve.