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  • Council to discuss appointees to Farmers Market Commission

    County Council will discuss possible appointees to three open seats on the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission at its meeting Tuesday.

    Four members of the commission – Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts – were removed by council July 20 following a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the market.

    After removing the four members, council  Robert Steele to serve from District 4. His appointment gave the commission enough members to have a quorum at its meetings.

  • Faile: Evidence act ‘nightmare for us’

    Sheriff Barry Faile doesn’t know how his office will comply with a new act passed by the state Legislature.

    The Preservation of Evidence Act, which amends several different state criminal procedures and databases, contains one provision that concerns him the most.

    It will require the county to store evidence for several types of criminal cases in atmosphere-controlled conditions. The act lists 24 different offenses in which evidence must be saved. They include murder, rape, robbery and arson.

  • Police reports - Aug. 6, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after police stopped to question him on Glenwood Avenue on July 30.

    James Frank Copeland, 47, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged with second-offense possession of crack cocaine.

    The report said officers stopped to talk with Copeland about midnight after seeing him leave a drug house on Glenwood Avenue. Copeland told officers that he was out walking because he had gone to ask a man about a job.

  • Wise receives state honor

    COLUMBIA – Mary Wise, director of the Lancaster County AmeriCorps Program, has been named the 2010 AmeriCorps Program Director of the Year by the S.C. Commission for National and Community Service.

    Wise was honored July 13 at AmeriCorps Training held at Camp Gravatt Conference Center in Aiken.

    Wise runs the grant program that is now in its 10th year, overseeing 22 members who work throughout the Lancaster County School District.

  • Shaw considered stepping down as mayor

    Joe Shaw contemplated calling it quits as mayor of Lancaster, but said family members convinced him to do otherwise.

    Shaw, who’s been Lancaster’s mayor for 28 years, will vie for an eighth term this year.

    Shaw, 75, said he considered not running again to be able to spend more time with his family. There have been many times he’s missed family events due to mayoral duties, he said.

    He filed to run for re-election Wednesday at the county’s Voter Registration and Election Office.

  • Council considers special tax district for Brookchase

    In an effort to repair the roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood, a group of Indian Land residents want to create their own tax district.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 near Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light, have gathered enough signatures on a petition to lobby Lancaster County Council for an election to create a special tax district. The petition calls for the special tax district as a means to generate funding for work left unfinished by the neighborhood’s developer.

  • Woman assaulted during robbery

    A clerk at a cell phone store told police she was pistol-whipped by two teenagers who robbed the store Tuesday night.

    The woman told Lancaster police that two teenagers, who appeared 16 or 17 years old, came into the Cricket store at 1129-A S.C. 9 Bypass West about 6:40 p.m. The woman said she was talking on her Apple iPhone to her boyfriend when the teens came in and she laid the phone on the counter, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • County honors Belk with employee award

    At first, Maj. David Belk didn’t give his nomination for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter much thought.

    As second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Belk, 48, saw his name listed along with several other county employees on this quarter’s ballot for the employee award. He figured that’s where the attention would end.

    But as County Council neared its July 27 meeting, several council members urged Belk to make sure he was in attendance.

  • 'They’re burning down the town'

    When Pat Parsons crested the hill near Bojangles’ on U.S. 521 about 7 a.m., Aug. 4, 2008, he saw flames shooting from the roof of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Parsons, then a sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department, had received a call from his lieutenant, James Kirk, that the 180-year-old building was on fire and that he was needed at the scene.

    “My first thought when I crested the hill was, ‘Please let this be an electrical fire, an accident,’ but I knew in my gut it wasn’t,” Parsons said.

  • Helping out in Haiti

    Eddie Leaphart hopes a local yard sale will help provide food and shelter for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

    Leaphart, owner of a small home repair company in Lancaster and frequent visitor to Haiti, has been busy raising funds for his next trip to the Carribean country.

    During his last trip to Haiti in May, Leaphart distributed several tents and bags of rice using money he had raised in Lancaster County. And with help from Lancaster’s At Salon Dimensions, he’s hoping to replicate those efforts.