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  • Nightmare on Elm Street never ends for his mother

    Nannie Twitty has plenty of good memories about her son, Kenneth Wayne Catoe, who was killed almost 13 years ago at age 21.

    When he was younger, he enjoyed cooking fried chicken and tagging along with his favorite uncle, Billy Catoe, as they drove around the city. As a teenager, he was fascinated with building things, and took a special wood-working class in high school.

    Besides the bond he shared with his uncle, Twitty said her son loved spending time with his four brothers – Shawn, Charles, George and George, and his sister, Denise.

  • Founder of local oil business dies at age 82

    Harold Crenshaw grew up in a house where chickens and dogs entered through cracks in the floors and roamed around whether invited or not.

    The Van Wyck native had a humble upbringing, but through hard work and determination, achieved success as a businessman, his family said.

    Crenshaw founded Lancaster-based Crenshaw Oil Co., which provides fuel to a number of gas stations in Lancaster County and surrounding communities.

    Crenshaw died Thursday. He was 82.

    Crenshaw’s family farmed for a living while growing up, but he wanted to do something else.

  • Jury convicts man in 2009 shooting death

    Chasity Collins said her nephew, James Curry Jr., will still be able to hug his daughter and see his family as he spends 18 years in prison for killing her son, Devion.

    “I just get to put flowers on his (Devion’s) grave,” Chasity Collins said, addressing the court after a jury found Curry guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday. “That’s all I get to do.”

    Curry, 23, was charged on Jan. 1, 2009, with murder by the Lancaster Police Department in the shooting death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

  • Woman: Officer assaulted my son

    Angela Thompson said she was fed up with a Lancaster Police Department detective’s treatment of her son and that’s why she filed a complaint against him.

    Thompson told Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night an officer slapped her 18-year-old son, LaDarius Truesdale and made him sit in mud and called him names.

    The officer has violated his civil and constitutional rights, Thompson told council.

    “I am very disturbed by this,” she said.

  • Who killed Harry Frazier?

    More than 18 months after Harry Frazier was found shot to death in his Arch Street home across from the Lancaster Police Department, his godmother, Yvonne Harris, is still reeling from the news.

    “Ain’t nothing happened. No one’s seen nothing. And no one’s talking about it. It just upsets me,” Harris said. “I don’t understand how it could happen right across the street from them.”

    Harris remembers the day she learned her godson, whom she had raised since he was 6 months old, had died at age 31.

  • Doster brings home hospitality award

    GREAT FALLS – Cherry Doster’s hospitality is tops in the state.

    But she takes little credit for the honor.

    Doster received the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Hospitality Employee of the Year Award on Feb. 2 at the S.C. Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel.

    The conference was held at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes.

    “I am incredibly overwhelmed,” Doster said.

  • Murder trial set for Tuesday

    The trial for a Lancaster man charged with shooting his cousin half an hour into the new year in 2009 is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

    James Curry Jr. was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with murder, possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm in the city.

    According to police, Devion Mandrell Collins, 20, died after being shot at Pardue Street Apartments early on Jan. 1, 2009. Collins died due to injuries from multiple gun shot wounds, according to the Lancaster County Coroner's Office.

  • Bennie Crockett vanished in 1977

    Looking back, Nell Davis sees the foreshadowing signs in her final conversation with her father.

    It was more than 30 years ago – Aug. 12, 1977, a Friday afternoon.

    Davis and her husband gave her father, Bennie Crockett, a ride to a local seafood market to get some fish before the couple headed to Tennessee for the weekend.

    Davis remembers Crockett repeatedly looking up and down the street in a way that worried her. Even though Crockett said everything was OK, his actions left her with a weird feeling.

  • Democrats to convene for convention

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party will have its County Convention at 6 p.m.  Monday at the Lancaster County Temporary Court Facility at 3888 Chester Highway.

    There will be a social time beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, will be the keynote speaker.

    The business session will consist of electing the chair, first, second and third vice chair, state executive committee man and woman and their alternates.

    The treasurer, secretary and delegates to the state convention will also be elected.

  • Mulvaney: State budget ‘800-pound gorilla in the corner’

    A strict state budget, new voting laws and a complicated real estate tax were all issues state Sen. Mick Mulvaney discussed at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, updated council members on issues he’s been working on in Columbia. Mulvaney addressed how the state’s newly released 40-page budget will affect Lancaster County.

    He called the state budget “the 800-pound gorilla in the corner.”