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  • EMS under fire about slow response time

    INDIAN LAND, After two separate incidents of slow responses to Lancaster County EMS calls, some county residents are wondering what took EMS units so long.

    On March 7, Indian Land resident Patrick Harris called 911 at 4:57 p.m. after his pregnant wife, who was 35 weeks along, started bleeding badly.

  • Express yourself

    There was no telling what you were bound to see at Thursday’s coffee house event at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    USCL students took their turn in the spotlight at this open microphone-style function that featured singing, instrumentation, poetry, dancing and even a Rubik’s Cube demonstration, held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Keyboardist Terry Thompson entertained the crowd by supplying background music for other acts and rendering selections of his own.

  • Reyes-Campos pleads guilty to stabbing woman

    A man who pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting the mother of his children with a knife also faces a federal charge for being in the country illegally.

    Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 31, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill during general sessions court in Lancaster on Monday. Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Reyes-Campos to seven years in prison.

    A jury had been picked and the case was ready to go to trial, but Reyes-Campos opted to plead guilty before his trial began.

  • EMS wins state award

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services has brought home a state award it last won in 1989.

    The county emergency ambulance service received the 2009 EMS Large System of the Year at the annual S.C. EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach last week.

    EMS agencies in the large system division receive at least 2,000 calls a year. Lancaster County EMS receives about 12,000 calls a year, said Director Lanny Bernard.

  • Red Rose Festival begins Friday

    At Lancaster’s first Red Rose Festival, you’ll be able to relax, socialize and sample a wide variety of food. And while you’re walking around, you can check out a number of bands that will be performing in downtown Lancaster.

    Mitch Simpson wants to see people dancing in the streets and singing to the popular tunes that his group, Summerdaze, will render. Beach music, R&B, hip-hop and pop are among the songs you’ll here, he said.

  • School district to eliminate 100 jobs

    About 100 positions throughout Lancaster County School District will be eliminated for 2010-11, according to figures proposed last week.

    On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore told school board members what measures will have to be taken to balance next year’s budget.

    The district is expecting to receive $5.29 million less in funding from the state and nearly $1 million less in federal stimulus money compared to 2009-10.

    To make up for the cuts, the district will eliminate 78 certified positions and 20 classified/hourly positions.

  • Policy addresses city transactions

    The city of Lancaster now has a policy in place that allows certain employees to handle financial transactions in their supervisor’s absence.

    City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday on a resolution to adopt the policy. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the dissenting vote, and  Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    Finance Director James Absher wrote the policy in response to recommendations that came as part of the city’s most recent annual audit.

  • Martavious Carter gets 35 years for courthouse fire, other offenses

    Martavious Carter admitted Friday to setting the historic Lancaster County Courthouse ablaze on Aug. 4, 2008.

    Carter pleaded guilty to the arson, which severely damaged one of the county’s most historically significant buildings. He also pleaded guilty to setting fire to the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office on Dunlap Street on Aug. 7, 2008.

    Carter also pleaded guilty to five armed-robbery charges.

    He was arrested in late September 2008 and charged with 31 offenses, including the two fires and five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area.

  • Milo’s Friends hopes to offer peace of mind

    John was estranged from his family when he was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness; his only friend and constant companion was his beagle, Buddy.  

    John worried about what would happen to Buddy after his death. His hospice nurse found an adoptive family in her church, introduced them to John, and began the process of familiarizing Buddy with the new family.  John entrusted Buddy into their care just days before he died.

  • Police reports - May 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Kershaw man was arrested on a drug charge after officers questioned him at Pardue Street Apartments on May 7.

    Dominique Marcell Newman, 19, 149 E. Pine St., was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    According to the report, officers were walking in the apartment complex and saw Newman acting suspiciously. While officers spoke with another man with Newman, Newman tried to walk away, the report said.