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  • Local couple attend for 'Miracle on the Hudson' reunion

    INDIAN LAND – With champagne in hand and plenty of cheers, Ann and Carl Oblak celebrated the anniversary of the day their plane made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River last year.

    But Ann Oblak, 73, still gets nervous when she thinks back to that day.

    Ann and her husband, Carl, residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, had just finished a trip to New York to visit friends on Jan. 15, 2009.

  • Police reports - Feb. 17, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    •  Two men were arrested during an investigation at La Fantasia Night Club on Feb. 13.

    According to the report, officers were conducting a gang investigation at the club and saw two men sitting in a car in an isolated area of the parking lot.

    Officers approached the car and smelled marijuana, the report said. Officers questioned the two men, who said they were smoking marijuana.

    The officers found four bags of cocaine inside the car, the report said.

  • County's two courthouse building projects on track

    As the new courthouse facilities take shape on Main Street, representatives say both the new and old courthouse projects are progressing on schedule.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders updated County Council on the status of both projects at its Feb. 1 meeting. Perception Builders is in charge of construction in the second phase of the historic courthouse project, while Catledge is also serving as project consultant for construction of the new courthouse facilities.

  • County Council honors Southern Belles

    After two important wins last year, the Dixie Softball Southern Belles team received a standing ovation and proclamation from Lancaster County Council on Feb. 1.

    Several players and coaches from the team were honored.

    Council Chairman Rudy Carter recognized the Lancaster Southern Belles Softball All-Star team for winning the 2009 Dixie Belles State Championship in Seneca.

    Carter also highlighted the team’s fourth-place win in the 2009 Dixie Belles World Series in Sumter.

  • Crusades 2010 seek to save young people

    Youth and young adults are bombarded with pressures and temptations.  

    They face issues such as alcohol and drug use, relationships, violence, divorce and teen pregnancy. Some struggle with feelings of loneliness, depression and suicide. They are all looking for acceptance.

    In her determination and passion to help reach youth, Ollie Alexander, along with her ministry team, have started The Next Generation – Youth Crusades 2010.  

  • 'Southern Charm' theme of art gala

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is planning a night of Charleston flair to raise money for its community programs.

    The theme for the annual fundraising gala, which begins at 7 p.m. March 6, is “Southern Charm.”

    The gala will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Tickets are on sale now: $40 for arts council members and $50 for non-members.

  • Auditor receives state honor

    County Auditor Cheryl Morgan thought she was just attending an annual meeting of her peers, but left as this year’s winner of a prestigious statewide award.

    Morgan was surprised to learn she’d been named the recipient of the L.H. Sonny Siau Award of Excellence on Feb. 5.

    The award is given out every year at the annual meeting of the S.C. Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors.

    “I was totally surprised,” Morgan said. “I just cried. It was really emotional.”

  • 'Sordid Lives,' a comedy for grown-ups

    “Sordid Lives” is billed as a “black comedy about white trash” and its actors and director hope it will have the audience laughing through its entirety.

    The play opens at 8 p.m. Friday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It will also be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday as well as Feb. 26 and 27. It will also be staged at 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

    “Sordid Lives” is directed by Lancaster Playhouse veteran Wayne Carter, who also directed “Radio TBS” for the playhouse.

  • Police reports - Feb. 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Lancaster man was charged with drug possession after a deputy stopped the car he was riding in because the car had a poorly secured couch on top.

    Sean L. Green, 28, 1596 Springdale Road, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    The report said Green was riding in a Cadillac with a couch secured to top of the car by an extension cord. The couch was unsteady on top of the car, the report said, and the deputy stopped him.

  • For some, snow meant a morning of rare fun

    Some Lancaster County residents got their wish overnight Friday as a winter storm blanketed the county with snow.

    From Indian Land to Kershaw, 3 to 4 inches of snow fell.

    It didn’t take long for children and adults to get out in the snow and play.

    For some, golf carts and four-wheelers made the perfect vehicles for maneuvering in the white stuff.