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  • USCL offers oral history workshop

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will host a workshop on April 1 designed to give local community members training in oral history collection.

    Recognizing that families, churches and other centers of worship, and even businesses and civic organizations, often have histories that are not written down, but are carried in the memories of elders in the community, USCL is bringing together a group of scholars and oral historians to promote the collection of oral history and local community traditions.

  • Breaking News Officers charge man with drug possession, intent to distribute

    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 Street, 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 patrolling the Central Avenue area saw Hall driving and knew that his driver's license was suspended.

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  • 1973 slaying of Lancaster surgeon a memorable case

    It’s a Friday night, and everything is calm and peaceful inside the home of Lancaster surgeon Dr. J. Dill Pittman.

    But suddenly, a large piece of stone is thrown into a patio glass door.

    Burglars storm through that sliding door and confront Pittman, who is sitting in the den watching TV with his wife, Marvyne.

    The Pittmans are both tied up with nylon stockings and neckties, while the intruders ransack their Edgewood Court home.

  • Police reports - March 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges March 9 after an officer saw what he believed was a drug transaction in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street.

    Taveras Breshun Patterson, 26, 1514 Lynwood Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and second-offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, the officer followed the car involved in the suspected transaction to 15th Street, where the car turned into a driveway.

  • Apollo 16 astronaut, 3 others inducted into county's Boy Scout Hall of Fame

    For Charlie Duke, the path that took him to the moon in April 1972 on Apollo 16 started in the late 1940s when an aeronautics merit badge was added to his merit badge sash.

    Before Duke was an explorer/astronaut and one of only 12 men to walk on the moon, he was a test pilot, fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force officer.

    Before that, he was an Eagle Scout.

  • Meet U.S. Senate hopeful at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Democrat Vic Rawl has thrown his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim DeMint.

    He is on a statewide tour announcing his candidacy and will make an appearance in Indian Land on Thursday.

    Sun City Democratic Club President Robert John is hosting a muffin and coffee reception at his home, 48548 Snapdragon Lane, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday to give local voters a chance to meet Rawl. The reception is open to all.

    Rawl, a resident of Charleston, served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives.

  • City fires detective after complaint

    A Lancaster Police Department detective has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal his termination.

    Sgt. Pat Parsons has been fired from the police department, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The firing comes in the wake of a complaint filed against him by Angela Thompson, who said Parsons harassed her son about a stolen mo-ped and assaulted him on Jan. 31.

  • Cold case files: Victim' families long for answers, closure

    Mothers and fathers. Prostitutes. A fast-food worker. Teenagers. A drunk-driving victim.

    Black and white, old and young.

    Over the last five weeks, The Lancaster News has brought readers the stories of 14 people who were murdered or went missing since 1977. They all have some things in common.

    They long for answers and peace of mind.

    If their loved ones went missing, they want to know what happened to them. If their loved ones were killed, they want to know why they died and who did it. If foul play was involved, they also want justice.

  • Is call-center training working?

    Keith Tunnell hopes several call-center companies will eventually set up shop in Lancaster County.

    But as he works to bring those businesses to the area, there’s still one obstacle he says the county needs to address – training local workers for those types of jobs.