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  • Unique design for IL station

    INDIAN LAND – The renovated and expanded Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

    Plans for the station are classified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    Some of the LEED elements of the station will include energy-efficient lighting, day-lighting, efficient water fixtures, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and adhesive, and a masonry and pre-finished metal panel exterior for sustainability and low maintenance.

  • Men lead deputies on chase

    Deputies are searching for two men who led them on a car chase late Tuesday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies attempted to pull over a white Buick Century at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday. The car was going almost 50 mph in a 25-mph zone.

  • Police reports - July 21, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Several items were reported stolen from a Pardue Street apartment on July 15. A woman called police after returning home from vacation and finding her back door kicked in, the report said. Stolen from the apartment were a Sony Playstation 3, two Nintendo DSI’s, a laptop computer, a Sony PSP and two pairs of Air Jordan shoes. The items are valued at $1,229.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

  • Who’s making fake money?

    Fake money continues to turn up around Lancaster County, and local police are investigating a possible connection to a counterfeit bust in Chester County last week.

    Broderick Tubias Elder, 21, of Fort Lawn, was arrested July 16 outside the Fort Lawn Dollar General after police questioned him about counterfeit money he reportedly used at the store. Fort Lawn Police Chief David Hayes said officers were called to the store by employees who believed Elder was using fake money.

  • Police reports - July 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man reported damage to his home between Monday and Tuesday. The report said the man returned to his home, which was being remodeled, and found the carpet cut and peeled up, as well as paint thrown on walls, floors and cabinets. Damage to the home is estimated at $3,000. There are no suspects in the case.

    •  Dimias Cadell Hinson, 22, 308 N. Hughes St., was charged July 19 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat-belt violation.

  • Spratt leads in money race

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt is ahead of his Republican challenger state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in the race for campaign contributions.

    Both candidates have released finance reports and fundraising figures recently.

    According to campaign finance reports Spratt released last week, the Democratic incumbent has raised about $1,061,202 as of June 30. He has spent about $385,000.

  • Board talks furlough days

    With only a month to go until the new school year begins, the county school board is looking at ways to manage the effects of required furlough days.

    The Lancaster County School District has already set several furlough days for the upcoming school year, including 10 days for administration and five days for all other staff members.

    Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the school district, discussed the ripple effect these furloughs are having Tuesday.

  • New church delivers old-fashioned message

    INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

    It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

    “We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.

  • Jobless rate down in June

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

    Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.

  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.