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  • Sno Biz blaze called suspicious

    Business has been good at Sno Biz on S.C. 9 Bypass during the recent hot steamy days.

    That is, until a fire started inside the small snow cone stand on Wednesday.

    The Lancaster Police Department has classified the fire as suspicious, according to an incident report.

    The Lancaster Fire Department was called to the business at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for firefighters to put out the blaze.

    Owner J.B. Roof said he was standing in front of the business when the fire started.

  • Teen pleads in fatal crash

    Susan Hardin told a judge on Thursday that she and her husband, Chuck, still call their daughter’s cell phone every day just to hear her voice mail message.

    Their daughter, 15-year-old Elyse Hardin, died in a car crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She had gotten a new cell phone for Christmas, just four days before the crash.

    The teenager behind the wheel before the deadly crash, Devin Rodgers, 16, pleaded guilty in family court on Thursday to reckless homicide.

  • Downtown park gets a rosy name

    A park formerly known as the vacant lot where the former Belk building stood on Main Street finally has a name.

    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, and Jimola Wade, marketing coordinator of See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing arm, addressed City Council on Tuesday night.

  • Libraries serving more with less funds

    It’s not something Michelle Hammond likes to think about.

    Hammond has been making good use of the Lancaster County Library this summer. Her children, Emma and Abby, both 11, and Alex, 2, enjoy checking out their favorite books. But when she hears about further cuts to the county’s library system, she shakes her head.

    “They love to read, so we’d hate to see anything else go,” she said.

  • Council closer to adopting capital improvement list

    Developing business parks, upgrading rail access and enhancing road options are all projects county officials want to include on its annual list of improvement projects.

    County Council recently reviewed its annual capital improvement list, a wishlist of county improvement projects requested by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The list, which needs to be adopted by Aug. 15, is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration. It can help provide the county with funding for a variety of projects.

  • Fugitive turns himself in

    A Mississippi man wanted for vehicular manslaughter was tracked down in Heath Springs on Thursday.

    Zachary Aaron Goude, 19, was arrested Thursday near Heath Springs Town Hall after a search conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies learned Thursday that Goude was wanted by police in Byhalia, Miss., on charges of vehicular manslaughter by negligent driving under the influence. He was believed to be somewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Morin settling in as Habitat’s new director

    Joyce Morin has enjoyed getting to know the community since beginning work at Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

    Morin was hired in May as the group’s new executive director. She succeeded Tracy Carnes, who resigned in February.

    Habitat for Humanity pools community resources to build houses for local residents in need. Morin said this post gives her the chance to further her aim of serving others.

    “The opportunity to be of help to the community and of help to the people is what I like best,” she said.

  • Mosey on down to cowboy church

    Mention the words “cowboy church” to someone and the usual response is a puzzled look on their face and the question, “What is that?”

    Carolinas Cowboy Church was started by two men, Pastor Jack Nunn and Ben Snipes. Snipes describes it as a place where people can come and see that you can be a Christian and still have a good time.  

    “Look around and you can see the friendship and fellowship among the people,” Nunn said. “There’s such a sweet spirit here.”

  • Council to discuss old jail, capital-improvements list

    Lancaster County Council will continue discussion on possible ways to handle the old county jail at its upcoming meeting Tuesday.

    Council learned more than a month ago that the building, built in 1823, had suffered cracks in its ceiling due to vibrations from road maintenance nearby. A structural engineer has warned county officials that the historic building, designed by notable Charleston architect Robert Mills, could collapse.

    Repairs are estimated to cost nearly $206,000.

  • Babridge turns 105

    Mattye W. Babridge points to her faith as a main reason behind her longevity.

    Babridge, a Lancaster resident, is celebrating her 105th birthday today.

    Babridge, who lives on East Meeting Street in Lancaster, is a retired elementary school teacher. She spent 45 years as an educator.

    She’s a member of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church and enjoys crocheting, reading, traveling and watching TV. Her favorite movie is the “Wizard of Oz” and her favorite book is the Bible.

    Her favorite foods include tomatoes, ribs and chicken wings.