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  • 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.

  • Lots to do this weekend

    From folk art to breakfast with Santa, there will be plenty of things to do in Lancaster County this weekend.

    The Lancaster Folk Art Society will be hosting its second annual show and sale dedicated to Southern folk art. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The show features folk, outsider and avant-garde art styles and self-taught artists, said organizer Tom Blumer. About 60 artists will be featured.

  • City chief seeks new drug dog

    The Lancaster Police Department is asking the city for money to buy another drug dog.

    Police Chief Hugh White asked City Council on Tuesday to provide the needed funding to replace Bruno, the drug dog that’s been with the police department for 10 years.

    White said it will cost between $9,000 and $12,000 to buy a new, well-trained dog.  

    “Obviously, we purchased a top-quality dog in 1999,” he said. “It’s my opinion we need to begin searching for a replacement for Bruno.”

  • District OKs policy on political solicitation

    The Lancaster County School District has put its foot down on certain types of political activity  that can occur on school grounds.

    The school board voted unanimously Tuesday on final reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

    The board had viewed a draft of the policy in April but tabled it for later discussion. At that time, board member Dr. Peter Barry expressed concern about an item that would have prevented politicians from buying ad space in publications such as football programs.

  • Council votes down rezoning request for elderly care center

    With a round of applause from several Indian Land residents in the audience, Lancaster County Council denied an ordinance that would have allowed for elderly care centers in residential neighborhoods.

    Council voted unanimously to deny the ordinance, which would have permitted elderly care facilities as a conditional use in residential and commercial areas with the R-15P, B-1 and B-2 zoning designations. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was absent.

  • Cauthen in shackles during trial

    One woman described murder victim Brenda Steen as “scared and whispering” during a phone call that  authorities say preceded her death on Oct. 17, 2004.

    David Cauthen Jr. is charged with murder in Steen's death. His trial began Monday at the Lancaster County temporary courthouse.

    According to authorities, Steen was killed on Oct. 17, 2004. Her body was found two days later in a culvert under Camp Creek Road.