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  • County bans tobacco use in buildings

    County Council snuffed out tobacco use in county-owned buildings and vehicles Monday.

    Council gave final reading to an ordinance that prohibits the use of all types of tobacco products on or inside county property. The ban encompasses county-owned facilities, buildings and vehicles.

    The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting.

    Council had previously discussed expanding on state law by prohibiting use of tobacco items, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff, in county buildings and vehicles.

  • Reliving Brown v. Board of Education

    Local residents were reminded last week that South Carolina played a major role in helping eliminate racial segregation in the United States.

    Members of Steele Hill AME Zion Church and others in the community gathered at the church sanctuary Feb. 17 to watch “Simple Justice,” a movie that chronicled the social and legal events leading to the landmark Board v. Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court Case of 1954.

  • Registration set for children who will begin school in fall

    Registration for 4-year-old child development, 5-year-old kindergarten and first grade for 2010-11 is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 4 in Lancaster County School District.

    “It’s very important that parents register their children so we can begin to prepare for next year,” Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said. “Registering now lets schools know what to expect so teachers, facilities and materials are ready. In addition, it lets us schedule hearing, speech and vision screenings for students who register.”

  • Lancaster man charged in Internet predator sting

    MAULDIN – A Lancaster man was arrested Monday in an Internet predator sting conducted by the Mauldin Police Department, state Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday.

    Floyd Wayne Daniels, 40, of 528 Creekside Park Lane,  Lancaster, is charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years in prison.

    An arrest warrant alleges that beginning Oct. 29, 2009, Daniels solicited sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a minor girl.

  • Murder trial under way

    Law enforcement officers testified on Tuesday as the murder trial of a Lancaster man accused of shooting his cousin on New Year’s Day 2009 began.

    James Curry Jr. is charged with murder in the death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

    Lancaster Police Department officers who testified on Tuesday said they responded to a fight at Pardue Street Apartments about 12:05 a.m. Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Restroom facilities coming to athletic fields

    Local school officials are planning to build new restroom facilities at the baseball and softball fields throughout the school district.

    Construction of the buildings should begin this year after the state approves the plans, said David Small, facilities director for the Lancaster County School District.

    Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each get two restroom buildings – one for baseball and one for softball use.

  • Committee member questions City Council's decision

    Thelathia Bailey is frustrated with the way Lancaster City Council handled the latest round of the city’s hospitality tax grant funding.

    Bailey, a member of the advisory committee that recommends funding allocations, addressed council during its Feb. 9 meeting. She was appointed to the committee by City Council.

    Bailey doesn’t like how council voted last month to award money to two groups that the committee had recommended denying funds to.

    Deviating from the recommendations defeats the purpose of having a committee, Bailey said.

  • Police reports - Feb. 21, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer stopped him because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt on Feb. 7.

    Antonio Ricardo Wright, 24, 648 Cunningham Road, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The report said the officer saw Wright driving without a seat belt and stopped him at Louise Street and Robinson Road. The officer smelled marijuana inside the car.

  • $2,500 reward offered for information in Cole's murder

    The Lancaster man who was one of the last people to see Deborah Cole alive still has $2,500 in reward money to offer for information about her death.

    The Lancaster News ran an article last week about the July 9, 2000, death of Cole. The case, which hasn’t been solved, was featured in the newspaper’s ongoing series focusing on cold cases.

    Franklin James said he was Cole’s boyfriend at the time of her death. He said he dropped Cole off at a friend’s house in the Midway area shortly after midnight on July 9 and never saw her again.

  • Choose faith over fear, says speaker

    Dawn Smith Jordan offered the crowd at the ninth annual Matt Blackwell Foundation scholarship dinner a choice – to embrace faith or fear.

    “What are you going to choose? To have faith or fall apart?” Jordan asked the crowd of more than 200 people at Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room on Tuesday. “Know that some good will come out of bad times.”