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  • City pledges support for proposed 15-county Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster City Council is supporting the effort to start a proposed regional nature trail.

    Travis Morehead, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail organization, gave a presentation at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, informing council members on the group’s plan to connect hiking trails, natural greenways and significant historical sites across a 15-county area.

    Landsford Canal State Park, the 40 Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park are among the local attractions expected to be part of the trail.

  • Heath Springs rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Bull riding, calf roping and a host of other events will be front and center Saturday at the 14th annual Heath Springs Rodeo.

    The day-long event, which raises money for Heath Springs Elementary School, will be held on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy barbecue plates, sandwiches, chips, other snacks as well as drinks. Vendors will also be on hand selling cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.

  • Committee: Cop should be rehired

    The city of Lancaster’s employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Pat Parsons, a sergeant with the department, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    In their complaints, filed in February, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Vandals damage cars, mailboxes on Camp Creek Road

    Several Camp Creek Road residents woke up March 19 and 20 to find their cars had been vandalized and mailboxes stolen overnight.

    One woman reported on March 19 that the windows of her 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier were broken out sometime during the night, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • Woman files complaint against Lancaster police officer

    A Lancaster woman has filed a complaint against a Lancaster Police Department detective for coming to her house to return a letter she had written him.

    The woman said she had mailed letters of support for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons, who was fired from the department on March 2, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Parsons is appealing his termination.

  • Intimidator roller coaster lives up to its name

    The sun was shining through scattered clouds as I stood in line at Carowinds on Friday, the amusement park that straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

    Next to me was our photographer Aaron Morrison, snapping some quick shots of the crowd around us and the several roller coasters nearby that soared into the blue sky.

    But those weren’t the coasters we were interested in.

  • 67 charged in Operation Swift Strike

    At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s Drug/Gang Task Force began rounding up dozens of suspects wanted mainly on drug charges.

    In all, 67 people have been charged for 103 offenses in Operation Swift Strike, Sheriff Barry Faile said. The 103 charges included 98 drug violations, two assault and battery with intent to kill charges and two weapons violations.

    Faile said the purpose of the operation targeted the drug trade in high-crime areas.

  • Winter 2009/10 makes many potholes for crews to repair

    The cold and wet weather of winter 2009/10 has taken its toll on Lancaster County roads, cracking asphalt and creating many potholes.

    Lancaster County Public Works Director Darin Robinson said this has created many problems for local motorists and a lot of repair work for his department and the S.C. Department of Transportation.

    “I know we, as well as local DOT, are suffering from the effects of this winter on the roads,” Robinson said.

  • Trooper killed in early morning crash in Lancaster County

    A York County state trooper was killed in a crash while on duty in Lancaster County early Saturday morning.

    Cpl. Dana Kevin Cusack, 45, of Clover, was killed in a single-car crash on S.C. 200 near the Douglas Road intersection about 3:30 a.m., according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Cusack was on duty at the time of the crash and was driving a marked S.C. Highway Patrol car.

  • Spratt stands behind vote on health-care bill

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt stands behind his vote on the health-care bill that passed Congress last week, but he is taking heat for his vote from the man who hopes to unseat him in November.

    Spratt, D-5th District, was one of 219 House Democrats to vote in favor of the bill on March 21. There were 212 votes against the bill, which included all House Republicans and 34 Democrats.

    Spratt, whose district includes Lancaster County, said he voted for the bill because it will put insurance within the reach of 32 million more people, raising coverage to 95 percent of all Americans.