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  • Always on call

    They serve because they care.

    Always on call. A most appropriate phrase to define the volunteer firefighters of Lancaster County. The men and women who answer the call for help – at all hours of the day and night, every day of the week and even on holidays.

    Becoming a firefighter is no simple task. It is very time-consuming. It takes about 18 months of training to become a certified firefighter. There are required meetings and training updates each month. No predictable hours. No pay.

    So, why do they do it? There is one constant – because they care.

  • ‘You call, we haul’

    Flames were shooting from her house. The homeowner, standing feet away from her home, was crying and yelling, “My baby. My baby is in there.”

    The firefighters donned their equipment and focused on their mission – saving lives. As they pushed their way forward into the burning structure a dog walked out. The woman scooped up her beloved pet.

    “My baby, you saved my baby,” she said, while hugging the dog.

    Just another day for the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.

  • Indian Land residents want new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land resident Jan Tacy wants to find a better way to support fire services in her area as the area grows.

    Tacy, a member of the grass-roots Indian Land Action Council, spoke to several of her fellow residents recently about the creation of a proposed Indian Land Fire Protection District. The idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area covered by the Indian Land Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Spratt ‘in it to win it’

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, acknowledged that he’s facing a tough opponent in Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    Spratt made brief remarks at a barbecue held the historic Craig House on Friday night. Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, is now serving as a state senator in District 16.

    Lindsay Pettus, a local historian, gave a brief introduction for Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982.

    “Of all the congressmen in the country, you deserve to go back to Washington,” Pettus said.

  • Moore: ‘It is inexcusable’

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said Lancaster County School District officials will not tolerate the type of assault made last week against Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar.

    Farrar was punched multiple times in the face Monday during an open house at the school. The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44 – has been charged with assault and battery in the incident.

  • Police reports - Aug. 29, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Sammie Terrell Catoe, 26, of 1648 Billings Drive, was charged Aug. 11 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat belt violation.

    • Joshua William Deaton, 23, of Great Falls, was charged Aug. 12 with simple possession of marijuana, operating an uninsured vehicle and violation of open container violation.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Several storage units at H&H Chevrolet in Kershaw were broken into between Aug. 20 and 23.

  • With a few more renovations, a new center for middle and high school students, will open on East Gay Street.

    Ro and Akio Harris have started the Blessed to Care program, and are remodeling the office building at 405 E. Gay St. to accommodate an after-school program and computer lab for children in grades six through 12.

    During the summer, Blessed to Care provided education assistance, youth development workshops and supervised social functions for teens, Ro Harris said.

  • Man gets 50 years

    Latora Hood said her fiance, Jermaine Richardson, had a map of where he wanted his life to go.

    Richardson, 21, known as Baldy to friends and family, was trying to get into art school and “could draw anything you put in front of him,” Hood said.

    He and Hood lived at Pardue Street Apartments, but Richardson wanted them to move away from there, so the couple bought a house in 2006 near the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Bauer hands out fans to local senior citizens

    Joe Morris smiled as he turned the large blue and white fan box around in his hands.

    Morris, a retired postal employee from Lancaster, was one of more than 30 area seniors who received a free 20-inch Galaxy box fan from Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer on Thursday morning.

    The program at the Prime Time for Seniors Center in Lancaster was part of Bauer’s Fan the Heat 2010 initiative.

    “It’s really nice,” Morris said. “You couldn’t have enough fans this summer, especially for those who are in need.”

  • Three officials complete government skills course

    Kathy Sistare has one word to describe the government program she recently graduated from – tremendous.

    Sistare, along with fellow Lancaster County Council members Cotton Cole and Larry McCullough, recently graduated from a government-skills training program sponsored by the S.C. Association of Counties. Over the last 18 months, the three council members attended 27 hours of classes to earn their first level of certification.