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Local News

  • Report shows housing slump

    Ripples from the national recession continue to spread through Lancaster County, as construction of new homes and businesses remains down.

    According to a report from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, the amount of building permits requested in Lancaster County for both new homes and businesses has decreased.

    Catawba Regional tracks permit trends for single- and multi-family homes and mobile homes, as well as for commercial and industrial properties, in Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties.

  • Courthouse work on schedule

    Construction crews have made significant progress on the county’s two courthouse projects over the last few weeks.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders said work has been steadily progressing on renovations at the county’s historic courthouse, as well as construction of the county’s new courthouse building. He presented a status update of both projects at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday.

  • School district to benefit from $1.4M federal grant

    Local school officials are looking forward to the positive results that are expected from a federal grant recently awarded to Winthrop University.

    The Lancaster County School District is among several districts in the region that are included in the $1.4 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant that centers on Winthrop.

    The grant, awarded in October, will establish a partnership network connecting high-need  schools, the university and other agencies in an effort to improve student achievement.

  • Church hosts unity event

    The Rev. Richelle Massey-Harris said meditation, prayer and study are key to having a strong relationship with God.

    Those three disciplines were just some of many ideas shared during the first ever Men’s and Women’s Unity Breakfast/Seminar, held Saturday at United Bible Way Church of Lancaster.

    Dr. Kenny Rose, pastor at the church, said the aim was to assemble people who want to make positive changes in their community. Organizers wanted to have guest speakers on hand who could deliver powerful, inspirational messages, he said.

  • Breaking News Officers search for Walgreens robbery suspect

    INDIAN LAND – An assailant armed with a gun and a stopwatch took almost $3,000 worth of prescription medication from the Panhandle's Walgreens store on Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, a pharmacist told deputies that a man walked up to the pharmacy counter about 8:20 p.m., handed her a letter and told her he had a gun. The pharmacist said the man never pointed the gun at anyone in the store, the report said.

  • St. Luke UMC moves forward with renovation

    It’s been more than two years in the making, but St. Luke United Methodist Church is finally receiving a much-needed renovation.

    As one of the oldest Methodist churches in the state, having formed in 1859, pastor Kyle Randle said St. Luke facilities have needed an upgrade for some time. And with help from Columbia-based Bobbitt Design Build, the church will receive upgrades to its sanctuary, meeting spaces and classrooms.

  • Man, 27, sought on kidnapping charge

    Authorities are looking for a man wanted on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges after sheriff’s deputies received a call about a woman running from a man on Flat Creek Road on Friday.

    Cedrick Segars Jackson, 27, of 809 E. Dunlap St., is wanted for allegedly kidnapping a woman who used to live with him. He is also wanted on aggravated criminal domestic violence charges.

  • Homeless no more

    Sharelle Durham will never forget the day she lost her home.

    It happened in March when Durham, 26, and her 2-year-old son, Alonzo, were visiting a friend in Tega Cay. A late winter snowstorm had descended on the area and Durham decided to stay with her friend overnight. Little did she know that choice may have saved her life.

    “We came back the next day and that’s when we found out what had happened,” Durham said. “We came back to everything being gone.”

  • Doster wins art, tourism award

    Local artist Cherry Doster has been recognized for her work in promoting art and tourism in the area.

    Doster, founder and acting director of the Avant Garde Center for the Arts in Great Falls, is the winner of the 2009 Betty Skeen Hospitality Employee of the Year award from the Olde English District Tourism Commission.

    The award was announced at the commission’s annual luncheon, held Nov. 20 in Ridgeway.

    “I was surprised and pretty much overwhelmed,” Doster said about the award. “It’s an incredible honor.”

  • Literacy co-op open house set for Monday

    Beginning Monday, the books you buy at one local shop will go toward improving literacy in several ways.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC), which partners with area nonprofit groups, is set to open its Second Glance, Second Chance Bookshop.

    The official opening will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the bookshop’s location at 105 W. Dunlap St. in Lancaster.

    It’s being held in conjunction with an open house for the cooperative, where attendees will be able to meet LALC’s staff and learn more about future plans.