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  • Elgin has fought some of county’s biggest fires

    Randy White is trying to think of the right word.

    White, assistant chief of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, is talking about how he feels about being one of the firefighters who helped put out the blaze at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on the morning of Aug. 4, 2008.

  • Man gets 10-year sentence for lewd act on a minor charge

    A Lancaster man on trial for inappropriately touching a 4-year-old girl told a jury this week that he made up his confession to police so he could go home.

    Cordaro Cunningham, 20, was charged by the Lancaster Police Department in May 2008 with committing a lewd act on a minor.

    A jury found Cunningham guilty of the charge during his trial this week, and Judge Craig Brown sentenced Cunningham to 10 years in prison.

  • Filing now under way to fill school board seat

    A special election will be held Nov. 30 to fill the school board seat that was vacated earlier this month by Dr. Peter Barry’s death.

    Filing for the seat will begin noon today and end at noon Oct. 4.

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved those dates at its meeting Tuesday.

    Barry had served District 4 since 2004. His successor will serve the two years remaining on the current term, and would have to run again in 2012.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

  • Ride to benefit HOPE in Lancaster

    Area families in need will benefit from a local motorcycle event this weekend.

    Second Baptist Church in Lancaster is hosting its Benefit & Ride for HOPE in Lancaster fundraiser this Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.

    Proceeds will go to HOPE, a charitable organization that assists county residents with food, rent and utility bills.

    “Because of the economy, we felt this was the right thing to do,” organizer Glenn Totherow said about giving to HOPE.

  • Native, union official wants residents at Washington event

    Lancaster residents who’d like to participate in a march on Washington on Oct. 2 can catch the bus.

    The district office of the United Steel Workers in Charlotte is encouraging residents to get on the bus to march on Washington, D.C., as part of One Nation Working Together.

  • Old jail may be used for training

    Members of the Lancaster Fire Department may be able to use the old Lancaster jail as a venue to gain valuable training experience.

    Officials learned this summer that the historic jail, built in 1823, has suffered cracks in the ceiling caused by vibrations from nearby  road maintenance.

    County Council has since considered several options to address the problem.

    One idea is to have the city fire department repair the ceiling, which would satisfy the structural collapse portion of their ongoing training for USAR (urban search and rescue).

  • Crazy for cornhole

    Thwack!

    Thwack!

    Thwack!

    As country music blares from the speakers and salsa, tortilla chips and, yes, a few pitchers of beer circulate in the parking lot of La Maceta, there is also a competition involving slanted, wooden platforms and bean bags.

  • Indian Land fire chief: ‘We take care of our own’

    INDIAN LAND – It’s not the fires or emergency calls that Raymond Griffin remembers most, but the firefighters who have served by his side.

    Griffin, chief of the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, has seen his share of blazes, car accidents and rescue operations. But when he thinks back on his more than 30 years of service, it’s the faces of his family of firefighters he recalls most clearly.

    Walking through the lobby of the Indian Land fire station, Griffin scans a series of snapshots covering the walls. There’s a story behind each one.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – A father and son have been charged in connection with a fight that left one man with head injuries and one of the suspects with a gunshot wound last week.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Michael E. Hyatt, 60, of 668 Merle Lane, Heath Springs, and Aaron D. Hyatt, 32, of 6123 Lola Drive, Kershaw, with attempted murder.

    According to the sheriff's office, Kamil H. Nassrah, 59, of 1602 Rocky River Road, Lancaster, and Michael E. Hyatt got into an argument about 4 p.m. Thursday in the middle of Merle Lane.

  • Prescription drug 'take-back' event slated

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the nationwide prescription drug “take-back” initiative, with the goal of preventing pill abuse and theft.

    DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

    Sites for the take-back initiative in Lancaster County are: