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  • Heath Springs man shot in struggle with intruder

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Horne Twitty Road man told sheriff’s deputies that he was shot with his own gun during a struggle with an intruder Monday.

    The 50-year-old man said he was in his garage about 2:20 p.m. and heard a noise outside, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. When he opened the garage door, the assailant was standing outside.

  • County singled out for recruiting Red Ventures

    Lancaster County was recently honored for its efforts in attracting a high-profile corporation.

    Only months after welcoming Internet marketing and sales firm Red Ventures to its new location in Indian Land, Trade & Industry Development magazine has awarded the county a distinct honor.

    The magazine, which focuses on varied industries throughout the country, announced that Lancaster County is one of the winners of its 2010 Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Awards.

  • 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.