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  • Lodges, LAPS to give away supplies at back-to-school event

    Notebooks, pens and paper will be available this weekend for area students in need of school supplies.

    The Lancaster County Lodges and Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) are hosting a back-to-school event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Constitution Park, at Woodland and Roddey drives in Lancaster.

    The event, open and free to the pubic, gives local children who may not be able to get all the supplies they need a chance to pick up those items.

  • Third candidate files for board seat

    Kevin Sexton said the need for another elementary school in Indian Land will be his chief concern if he’s elected to the school board.

    The Van Wyck resident is the third person to file for the District 1 Lancaster County school board seat, now held by Don McCorkle.

    Sexton filed Wednesday at the County Administration Building. McCorkle and fellow Indian Land resident Leland Hughes each filed last week.

  • District to get share of funds

    The Lancaster County School District is expected to benefit from the $10 billion that Congress approved this week for schools across the nation. The amount the district will see remains to be seen.

    South Carolina will get about $143.4 million of the funding from the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which President Barack Obama signed Tuesday.

    The money will allow more than 2,000 teachers in the state to keep their jobs next summer, according to the S.C. Department of Education. The money also may allow districts to hire new staff during the 2010-11 year.

  • Child flown to burn center

    An 8-year-old boy was airlifted to a Georgia burn center after being burned in a fire in the yard of a Laurel Court home on Monday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, emergency workers were called to the Laurel Court home about 9:30 p.m. Monday. When a police officer arrived, he was approached by the 8-year-old and his grandfather. The child did not have any clothes on and had severe burns to his upper body, the report said.

  • High hopes for revamped farmers market commission

    Three new members were appointed to join the ranks of the county’s Farmers Market Commission on Tuesday.

    County Council unanimously appointed B.J. Ratcliffe, Diane Estridge and Arthur “Cricket” Harper to the commission. The additions come two weeks after council removed four commission members after citing complaints from buyers and sellers at the market.

  • March of Dimes searches for ambassador family from area

    The search is on. March of Dimes is seeking families interested in serving as ambassadors for Lancaster Area March for Babies in 2010.

    An ambassador family can tell the story of how their lives have been touched by March of Dimes-funded research, programs, advocacy or educational campaigns.  They are a living symbol of the March of Dimes mission and share their story to raise awareness and funds to help all babies get a healthy start by fighting serious threats to infant health, including premature birth.

  • Man, 44, charged with four convenience store robberies

    A Lancaster man has been charged with four recent convenience store burglaries.

    Jessie Michael James, 44, of 4818 Waiters Circle, was arrested Monday and charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with four counts of second-degree burglary.

    According to incident reports, James is accused of breaking into 903 Drive-In on Flat Creek Road on July 20.

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

    A Lancaster man is in jail after a stabbing on Cane Mill Road on Saturday.

    Herbert Lee Caskey, 53, of 2302 Cane Mill Road, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with attempted murder, according to a press release.

    According to the incident report, deputies were called to the Cane Mill Road area about midnight because of a stabbing.

    Deputies found the stabbing victim standing in the middle of the road and noticed a large bloody spot on the back of his shirt, the release said. The victim told deputies that Caskey stabbed him, the release said.

  • Officers investigate armed robberies

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating two armed robberies that happened within 20 minutes of each other early Saturday.

    According to a press release, a man came into The Forks convenience store, 1594 Memorial Park Road, about 5:20 a.m. Saturday and demanded cash from the register. The store clerk opened the register and the man, who was armed with a chrome revolver, took money and left the store.

  • Need a passport? Go to Voter Registration office

    Looking to travel abroad?

    If so, your first stop in preparation may be to the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Office.

    You can now apply for a passport at that office, located in the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.

    That gives residents three locations in the county to get a passport, which is required to travel outside the United States and to re-enter the country.

    The post offices in Heath Springs and Kershaw still serve as locations.