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  • Two people hurt in shooting

    Two people were injured after a shooting at a nightclub early Saturday morning.  

    One person was shot and another hurt about 1 a.m. at the Old Skool Sports Bar and Grill on U.S. 521. Details are sketchy, but the person who was shot was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital. The second person was grazed during the shooting, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

    Two ambulances and a combination of about seven Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office cars responded to the scene.  

  • Third candidate files for mayor

    Donnie Birchfield said the firing of former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons is something he wants to help make sure is not repeated.

    Parsons was fired earlier this year after complaints were filed saying that he used obscene language and threatened a teen and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

    Birchfield said Parsons’ firing was unjust and that city officials need to show more support for their law officers. He has now made that stance part of his political platform.

  • 13-year-old placed in protective custody

    A 13-year-old boy was taken into emergency protective custody by police after his 8-year-old cousin was burned at a Laurel Court home on Monday.

    The 8-year-old is in fair condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said Friday.

  • Police will be looking for speeders in school zones

    Drivers need to be reminded that local streets may be clogged with traffic on Monday as students head back to class in the Lancaster County School District.

    The area around Lancaster High School is often a traffic jam the first few days of the new school year, and Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said extra officers will be on the campus as the new year starts.

    Grant, who heads up the department’s patrol division, said officers will be looking for traffic infractions, especially speeding.

  • Doster’s sculpture wins N.C. contest

    DILLSBORO, N.C. – Lancaster artist Bob Doster has been named the winner of Jackson County Green Energy Park’s 2010 sculpture competition with a piece called “Box of Souls.”

    Doster’s piece is a constructed stainless-steel box, cut away to reveal empty space in the shape of numerous geometric and representational figures, including the sun and stars, humans and animals.

  • Back to the books for 11,400 local students

    Today is the last day of summer vacation for the estimated 11,400 students who will attend Lancaster County School District schools this year.

    Yellow school buses return to the highways and school bells will ring at 19 different district schools  Monday morning.

  • Council looks at aviation overlay

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to create an aviation corridor overlay district Tuesday.

    If approved, the ordinance would limit the height of buildings and other structures near the flight path of the Lancaster County Airport. It’s designed to reduce hazards to airplanes.

    “We’re doing this because of future plans to expand at the airport,” Elaine Boone of the county planning department told council.

  • State of Community event set for Aug. 24

    Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    This breakfast event will provide a venue for the top elected officials of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on activities and challenges they are facing.

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • IL Walmart to open Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The new Indian Land Walmart store will be overstaffed when it opens Wednesday.

    “I want it overstaffed so we make sure we have everything the customer needs,” store manager John Clevenger said Thursday. “And this way we can have every register open for its first five days.”

    Walmart aimed to fill about 350 positions, but have already hired about 370 employees for the store, Clevenger said.