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  • Fake bills circulating in county

    Counterfeit bills are being passed around the city of Lancaster and the county.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, customers at McDonald’s on S.C. 9 Bypass tried to pass four counterfeit bills on Friday and Saturday.

    A McDonald’s employee told police that two different customers tried to pass fake $20 and $10 bills Friday. Police took the bills and placed them into evidence.

  • Brookchase kids lead can collection drive

    INDIAN LAND – It’s quite a scene.

    Landon Hood fired up the small motorbike at his Brookchase subdivision home and headed out.

    Within minutes, the 9-year-old was joined by his neighbor Joey Alejandro, 12. Joey rode behind Landon, pulling a wagon loaded with used aluminum cans.

    But they weren’t alone for very long.

    Two more friends, Peyton Hood, 11, and Jacob Wilson, 12, showed up with a large garbage bag brimming with more cans. Rounding out the can crew are Pressley Hood, 7, and little Grace Ruple, 4, who tag along to help.

  • Police reports - July 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Two men were arrested after an officer observed one of them driving recklessly on Palmetto Street on June 26.

    Tavares Martese Brown, 19, 321 Rutledge St., was charged with reckless driving. Jamarcus Marquis McCloud, 19, 512 Harris St., was charged with second-offense simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The report said an officer saw Brown driving recklessly and followed him. The officer lost sight of the car but found it in Brown’s driveway, the report said.

  • See Lancaster receives 2010 accreditation

    See Lancaster SC has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center. Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

  • Monitoring firm pitches services

    City and county officials heard from a private probation company that could help magistrate and municipal courts deal with larger caseloads.

    The Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act of 2010 went into effect on June 2. The reform act means, in part, that more crimes will be sent to magistrate and municipal court rather than be heard in general sessions, a higher court.

  • Deaths remain under investigation

    Authorities still don’t know how two sisters died together sometime last week.

    Peggy Small and Gail Patterson were found dead in Small’s home on Flat Creek Road on July 4.

    The two women lived on disability checks, according to their middle sister, Carol Brasington. Patterson had had a knee replacement and suffered from scoliosis (a spine condition), and Small had a history of heart attacks, had a heart bypass last year and underwent a double mastectomy after breast cancer.

  • ‘We come with broken hearts’

    Release, rejoice, remember.

    That was the message the Rev. Trent McLaughlin, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, gave during the funeral for Peggy Small and her sister, Gail Patterson.

    “We come with broken hearts,” McLaughlin said. “We come with tons of questions – questions to which we’ll never know all the answers for, and that’s OK. I know where they are and I’m proud to be their pastor today.”

  • County helps S.C. win award

    The state of South Carolina has Lancaster County to thank for a new award it recently won.

    Area Development magazine recently awarded the state a Silver Shovel Award, thanks in part to the addition of Red Ventures, an Internet marketing and sales firm in Indian Land. The magazine, which focuses on corporate business site selections, recognizes states each year for their achievements in attracting high-value projects that will create significant numbers of jobs.

  • A dream of a hit at Cooperstown

    The announcer’s voice rang loud and clear over the mythical birthplace of baseball.

    “Dreams come true here at the Dream Park. Don’t be surprised by what you see this week.”

    Keven and Tracey Hyatt ended up being very surprised.

    Hyatt’s son, Garrison, plays for the Carolina Twins travel baseball team. Garrison, a center fielder (and rising sixth-grader at Lewisville Middle School in Richburg) has been playing baseball for five years, including four with the Twins, a team based out of Indian Land.

  • Can home detention alleviate overcrowding?

    Only nonviolent offenders would be eligible for a home-detention program the county is considering, officials say.

    Responding to concerns from some residents, County Council took a second look at the proposed program Tuesday night.

    “I wish it was a little clearer who could go on this program and who couldn’t,” Councilman Jack Estridge said at the council meeting. “The only problem I have is if someone is in home detention and commits a violent crime on someone.”