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  • USCL offers oral history workshop

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will host a workshop 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.

  • Fugitive still at large

    Five years have passed since John “Little John” Whitaker Jr. was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Robert Kirk Road.

    As Whitaker’s family continues to mourn the loss of a loved one, they are awaiting closure in the case. But finding peace has been difficult because the man charged with felony driving under the influence in Whitaker’s death has not been brought to trial.

    In fact, he’s been a fugitive from justice for more than five years now.

  • County moving toward rezoning property

    Renewed interest in a building on U.S. 521 that has sat vacant for more than three years has sparked a debate between County Council members about how the area should be zoned.

    Council members discussed rezoning the property from its R-30 zoning designation to the B-3 designation at its Feb. 22 and March 1 meetings. R-30 is a low density residential and agricultural district; B-3 is a general commercial district.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street never ends for his mother

    Nannie Twitty has plenty of good memories about her son, Kenneth Wayne Catoe, who was killed almost 13 years ago at age 21.

    When he was younger, he enjoyed cooking fried chicken and tagging along with his favorite uncle, Billy Catoe, as they drove around the city. As a teenager, he was fascinated with building things, and took a special wood-working class in high school.

    Besides the bond he shared with his uncle, Twitty said her son loved spending time with his four brothers – Shawn, Charles, George and George, and his sister, Denise.

  • Founder of local oil business dies at age 82

    Harold Crenshaw grew up in a house where chickens and dogs entered through cracks in the floors and roamed around whether invited or not.

    The Van Wyck native had a humble upbringing, but through hard work and determination, achieved success as a businessman, his family said.

    Crenshaw founded Lancaster-based Crenshaw Oil Co., which provides fuel to a number of gas stations in Lancaster County and surrounding communities.

    Crenshaw died Thursday. He was 82.

    Crenshaw’s family farmed for a living while growing up, but he wanted to do something else.

  • Jury convicts man in 2009 shooting death

    Chasity Collins said her nephew, James Curry Jr., will still be able to hug his daughter and see his family as he spends 18 years in prison for killing her son, Devion.

    “I just get to put flowers on his (Devion’s) grave,” Chasity Collins said, addressing the court after a jury found Curry guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday. “That’s all I get to do.”

    Curry, 23, was charged on Jan. 1, 2009, with murder by the Lancaster Police Department in the shooting death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

  • Woman: Officer assaulted my son

    Angela Thompson said she was fed up with a Lancaster Police Department detective’s treatment of her son and that’s why she filed a complaint against him.

    Thompson told Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night an officer slapped her 18-year-old son, LaDarius Truesdale and made him sit in mud and called him names.

    The officer has violated his civil and constitutional rights, Thompson told council.

    “I am very disturbed by this,” she said.

  • Who killed Harry Frazier?

    More than 18 months after Harry Frazier was found shot to death in his Arch Street home across from the Lancaster Police Department, his godmother, Yvonne Harris, is still reeling from the news.

    “Ain’t nothing happened. No one’s seen nothing. And no one’s talking about it. It just upsets me,” Harris said. “I don’t understand how it could happen right across the street from them.”

    Harris remembers the day she learned her godson, whom she had raised since he was 6 months old, had died at age 31.

  • Doster brings home hospitality award

    GREAT FALLS – Cherry Doster’s hospitality is tops in the state.

    But she takes little credit for the honor.

    Doster received the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Hospitality Employee of the Year Award on Feb. 2 at the S.C. Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel.

    The conference was held at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes.

    “I am incredibly overwhelmed,” Doster said.

  • Murder trial set for Tuesday

    The trial for a Lancaster man charged with shooting his cousin half an hour into the new year in 2009 is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

    James Curry Jr. was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with murder, possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm in the city.

    According to police, Devion Mandrell Collins, 20, died after being shot at Pardue Street Apartments early on Jan. 1, 2009. Collins died due to injuries from multiple gun shot wounds, according to the Lancaster County Coroner's Office.