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  • Paws in the Panhandle holds weekly adoption drives

    INDIAN LAND – More than 5,000 animals in Lancaster County were put to death last year because they did not have a home. A new organization called Paws in the Panhandle Rescue and Adoption wants to change that with the help of Indian Land animal lovers.

    Gloria Davey founded Paws in the Panhandle in January to reduce the euthanasia rates of adoptable pets in the community. Her goal is to find homes for the animals in shelters in Lancaster and surrounding counties.

  • Teen faces multiple gun, assault charges

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several assault and gun charges after residents said he shot at a home on Sowell Street on April 3.

    Martiquos Javon McIlwain, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was charged with assault with intent to kill, simple assault, unlawful possession of a pistol, discharging a firearm in the city, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and threatening the life of a public official.

  • Plots available in Community Garden

    If you’ve got a green thumb and want to help your neighbors, the United Way of Lancaster County can help you grow vegetables this spring and summer.

    The United Way is taking applications for its second annual Community Garden, situated at the Springdale Recreation Center next to the Melvin Steele soccer fields.

  • City won't help fund new Charlotte mag

    Lancaster City Council members don’t like the idea of  helping fund a new Charlotte business magazine.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell asked council Tuesday to consider providing $7,000 to support the Charlotte USA Economic Development Guide, a startup publication that would promote business expansion and job creation for the 16 counties part of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

    Lancaster County is one of the four South Carolina counties in the partnership.

  • Camp Creek woman continues to battle rare liver illness

    Carson Powers Jr. hates to see his mother sit in her living room all day, depressed about the host of illnesses that have weakened her body.

    Rhonda Powers, who lives in the Camp Creek community, is battling a rare liver disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or “NASH.” The illness results in weight loss, weakness and fatigue.

    On top of that, Powers, 44, also has diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, vitamin deficiency and thyroid deficiency, as well as fibromyalgia – which causes chronic pain throughout the body.

  • Woman, 47, accused of taking church funds

    KERSHAW " A woman has been charged with taking more than $137,000 from Kershaw First Baptist Church over the last few years.

    Brenda Marie Coates, 47, of 223 Youngs Bend Road, Kershaw, has been charged with 46 counts of forgery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Coates is accused of forging the checks between October 2007 and last month, according to an incident report. The checks totaled $137,297.22.

  • Mission team found trip inspiring

    A mission team from Flint Ridge Baptist Church recently visited Glenwood Heights Baptist Church to minister about their mission trip to Baja, Mexico, last year.  

    The team consisted of 12 youth and adults.

    Michael Anderson, youth minister at Flint Ridge Baptist in Heath Springs, and several team members shared testimonies of their experience. A slide show of pictures and video of the trip were shown.  

  • Local Republicans get more active

    Ryan Payne first became interested in politics about the time of the 2008 presidential election.  

    Still in high school and not yet old enough to vote, Payne wanted to learn more about what each political party had to offer. He watched both the Republican and Democratic primaries and the presidential debates with then U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain.

    After listening to both sides’ views on everything from government spending to health care, he decided to become involved in the Republican Party.

  • More benefits available to vets

    Local Vietnam War veterans will soon be eligible for additional benefits associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans will be able to file claims for benefits if they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

    Ischemic heart disease includes several types of cardiovascular illnesses, which often result in heart attacks, said Robin Helms, Veterans Affairs officer for Lancaster County.

  • Police reports - April 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Firefighters and investigators responded to a suspicious car fire on Old Jefferson Highway in Kershaw on April 20.

    The report said the resident heard a loud popping sound about 1:10 a.m. and saw his two cars – a 2004 Ford F150 pickup and a 1999 Cadillac Seville – were on fire.

    The resident said he had recently been threatened by a man at a store in Fairfield County.

    Damage to the cars and the shed they were in was estimated at $25,000.