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  • Hospice group pays tribute to their beloved therapy dog

    Super Webbie.

    Webbie in a hot dog costume. A Santa hat. A birthday hat. Pajamas.

    Employees of Hospice Care of South Carolina in Lancaster shared their favorite stories about Webster, a therapy dog, and looked at pictures of him in various costumes at a special lunch in his honor on Tuesday.

    But the Labrador/husky mix, affectionately known as Webbie, didn’t have his usual spot at the table.

    Webster died of kidney failure earlier this month. He was 10 ½ years old.

  • One man shot, another injured in altercation

    One man was shot and another suffered head injuries following a dispute Thursday afternoon near Heath Springs. 

    Kamil H. Nassrah, 59, of 1602 Rocky River Road, Lancaster, and Michael E. Hyatt, 60, of 668 Merle Lane, Heath Springs, got into a verbal dispute about 4 p.m. in the middle of the road on Merle Lane, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. 

    The dispute escalated into a physical altercation in which Nassrah injured his head and Hyatt was shot in the left side of his abdomen, a press release said. 

  • Restoration nearly done on old courthouse

    After more than a year of construction, repairs on the county’s historic courthouse are nearing completion.

    Chad Catledge, courthouse project consultant with Lancaster’s Perception Builders, said the interior of the historic courthouse is almost complete. And with only a few details left to finish on the outside of the building, he said work could be finished by the first week of October.

  • Officials defend dinner meeting

    Did local officials violate the state’s open-meeting law when they met for dinner Monday in Lancaster?

    The answer isn’t crystal clear.

    Philip Tillman, who is running for the District 4 seat on County Council, was concerned there was no notification about the meeting and that it was not open to the public. He said a friend who is running for Lancaster City Council told him Monday afternoon about the meeting.

  • Volunteers, paid firefighters on same team in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Firefighter Marty Waters of the Kershaw Fire Department remembers driving up to a huge fire at a vacant industrial building on Little Dude Avenue back in March.

    The building wasn’t exactly vacant. It was full of combustible materials.

    The roughly 200-foot by 100-foot building was being used for storage and had been condemned in 2006. Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were first called to the fire, and Elgin Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster Fire Department responded with ladder trucks.

  • Local boys enjoy chance to be on TV

    INDIAN LAND – The Koch family of Indian Land got more than it expected out of a two-night stay in Gettysburg, Pa., this summer.

    While driving to New York for the Fourth of July, the family stopped in Gettysburg to check out the battlefield during the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-3, 1863.

    The morning after they arrived, they met the film crew – Zak Bagans,  Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff – for Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” during breakfast at their hotel.

  • Woman tells police she was robbed

    A Lancaster woman told officers she was robbed near Southside Early Childhood Center on Hampton Road early Saturday as she sat in a car.

    The woman told police that she was riding with a male friend about 3 a.m. and they stopped in the area of Burns Alley.

    The woman told police that her friend pulled into a driveway at a home where all the lights were off.

    He got out of the car, and a few moments later, the passenger side door opened, and a man put a gun to her head and took her money, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • Sanford on education funding: ‘It’s messy and it’s going to get messier’

    As his term in office winds down, Gov. Mark Sanford had some final words for Lancaster residents Tuesday night about education, the economy and the gubernatorial race.

  • Man charged with assaulting nurse at Springs Memorial

    A Heath Springs man was charged Sunday with assaulting a nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Thomas Anthony Woodward Jr., 40, of 1548 Flint Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, hospital personnel called officers about 7:30 p.m. Sunday because of a disorderly patient.

    Hospital staff told officers that the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office brought Woodward to the emergency room to be checked out, but Woodward was not under arrest.

  • Paper, ILAC seek forum questions

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway newspaper are seeking your questions for the candidates who will appear at their  Before You Vote 2010 candidates forum.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel’s auditorium.

    The full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots – school board, governor, state and national House and Senate – has been invited to participate.