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  • Arrowood residents oppose annexation

    Jimmy Nunnery, a resident of Arrowood Estates, doesn’t like the idea of being annexed into the city of Lancaster.

    After learning that Lancaster City Council planned to discuss an ordinance that could lead to the future annexation of properties in his community, he made it a point to attend the meeting.

    Nunnery was among the dozens of Arrowood residents who packed council chambers Tuesday night to hear council members consider an ordinance that would bring four contiguous parcels of land into the city limits.

  • Mulvaney another Scott Brown?

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney received some unexpected publicity last week from a surprising source – Time magazine.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, was spotlighted in a Feb. 1 article as one of 10 Republican contenders who could pull upsets in political races across the country this fall.

    The article, “Republican Surprise: 10 More Scott Browns,” examines several GOP members who have the potential to follow in the footsteps of Brown, the Republican who defeated Democratic challenger Martha Coakley for the Massachusetts Senate seat in January.

  • Woman, 27, charged with helping convict

    A Lancaster woman is one of three people charged with helping a prisoner escape from Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill last week.

    Chucky James Elmore Jr., 27, escaped from the minimum-security center on Milling Road about noon Feb. 3, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.

    Tina Diana Mackey, 30, 3353 University Drive, has been charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with escape-harboring or employing an escaped convict.

  • Daughter: Bennie Crockett had a bigger-than-life personality

    Though he disappeared almost 33 years ago, Evelyn Cooper still has vivid memories of her father.

    Standing at 5-feet, 5-inches tall, Bennie Crockett was short in stature, but had a personality that was bigger than life, she said. Hard work, love and concern for people were commonplace for him.

    “He always helped,” Cooper said. “He would check on others, like members from the church and the elderly.”

  • Nurse charged with taking prescription drugs

    A nurse has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from patients at a local nursing home.

    Sandra Faile Hunter, 51, of 2090 Nature Reserve Road, Kershaw, was charged by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control with three counts of theft of a controlled substance.

    According to arrest warrants, Hunter stole three different drugs – temazepam, alprazolam and hydrocodone – on Dec. 17, 2009.

    The warrants say that the drugs belonged to patients at White Oak Manor.

    Temazepam is used to treat insomnia.

  • Defense firm to bring 230 jobs

    A defense company announced plans Monday to bring more than 200 jobs to Lancaster County.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense-sector companies, will move its operations to the former BMB Steering Innovation building on S.C. 160 in Indian Land, which it recently bought.

    The company will locate its manufacturing, research and development functions and its headquarters to the building beginning in March.

  • AJ coach Bench benched

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Elmer Bench has been placed on administrative leave.

    Bench, a history and social studies teacher at the Lancaster County Class AA high school, declined to comment when contacted Wednesday afternoon by The Lancaster News.

    David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District, said Bench was placed on administrative leave with pay by district superintendent Dr. Gene Moore. Bench's administrative leave began Wednesday.

  • Two injured in nightclub shooting

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting.

    Injured in the incident were Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster. Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the   abdomen.

  • Woman dies in apartment fire

    A woman died after a fire at Chesterfield Villas, a senior-living apartment complex on Chesterfield Avenue, on Sunday.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chris Nunnery said his department was called to Apartment B-12 at 7:54 a.m. after a next-door neighbor called 911.

    Firefighters pulled Barbara Belton, 57, from the apartment, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. She was unconscious and was airlifted to a burn center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she later died.

  • Two hurt in shooting at Lancaster nightclub

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting. Two people were injured in the incident – Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster.

    Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the abdomen.