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  • DeMint challenger visits IL

    INDIAN LAND – Speaking to a small crowd at a Sun City Carolina Lakes home on Thursday morning, Vic Rawl hoped to build the foundations of his campaign for U.S. Senate.

    Rawl, 64, announced this week his intention to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim DeMint.

    Rawl is a former state House representative and circuit court judge and current member of the Charleston County Council.

    Rawl met with residents at a coffee reception at the home of Bob John, president of the Sun City Democratic Club.

  • Bowater lays off 30 workers

    AbitibiBowater has laid off 30 employees at its Catawba plant.

    The announcement came Wednesday and the reduction was effective immediately, said Barry Baker, human resources manager for the mill, located just across the Lancaster County line off S.C. 5.

    Baker said the move is part of the company’s reorganization effort to operate more efficiently and at lower costs. The company has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since April 2009, he said.

  • Local woman wins $100,000 in state lottery

    A Lancaster resident is the latest player to score a $100,000 win on a Bags of Cash instant ticket.

    The player bought her ticket at Food Lion on North Main Street in Lancaster.

    She wants to remain anonymous, but lives in Lancaster, according to S.C. Education Lottery officials.

    The store earned a $1,000 sales incentive. Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent commission. The sales incentive is capped at $50,000.

    Bags of Cash is a $10 ticket with more than $1 million in prizes remaining in the game.

  • Spratt seeks support at Dem event

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt told a crowd of area Democrats on Monday his thoughts on a new health-care bill, the President’s stimulus plan and why he should be re-elected for another term in office.

    Spratt, D-5th District, spoke at the Lancaster County Democratic Party’s 2010 County Convention on Monday. Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982, asked for the crowd’s support as he runs for another term.

    “Little did I realize how long I’d serve or how often I’d fight every other year for the seat,” Spratt said.

  • Woman accused of leaving children in car while shopping in Walmart

    A Heath Springs woman was arrested after Lancaster police found her children unattended in a car in the Walmart parking lot on  the S.C. 9 Bypass on Thursday.

    Ursula Xenia Hinson, 26, of 121-D Clyde St., Heath Springs, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, a Great Falls man told police that he came to the store about 7 p.m. Thursday and pulled in beside a Pontiac Bonneville in the parking lot.

  • USCL offers oral history workshop

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will host a workshop on April 1 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.

  • Breaking News Officers charge man with drug possession, intent to distribute

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop by county drug officers on Thursday that yielded more than 6 pounds of marijuana and $20,000.

    Lepoleon Hall, 32, of 927 Louisa Street, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a park.

    According to a press release, drug officers patrolling the Central Avenue area saw Hall driving and knew that his driver's license was suspended.

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  • 1973 slaying of Lancaster surgeon a memorable case

    It’s a Friday night, and everything is calm and peaceful inside the home of Lancaster surgeon Dr. J. Dill Pittman.

    But suddenly, a large piece of stone is thrown into a patio glass door.

    Burglars storm through that sliding door and confront Pittman, who is sitting in the den watching TV with his wife, Marvyne.

    The Pittmans are both tied up with nylon stockings and neckties, while the intruders ransack their Edgewood Court home.

  • Police reports - March 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges March 9 after an officer saw what he believed was a drug transaction in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street.

    Taveras Breshun Patterson, 26, 1514 Lynwood Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine and second-offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, the officer followed the car involved in the suspected transaction to 15th Street, where the car turned into a driveway.