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  • Mulvaney making gains, Republican poll says

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s lead against Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney has dwindled, according to poll numbers from Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican political and public affairs research firm.

    Public Opinion Strategies released results Thursday from a poll it conducted last week that indicates Spratt now holds a 2-point lead against Mulvaney for the District 5 House seat.

    Spratt, a 67-year-old Democrat, has held the seat since 1983. The general election is in November.

  • Fire damages home of former director of local Red Cross

    A woman who helped so many families through the American Red Cross when their homes burned is now being helped by the agency.

    Teresa Ackerman, the former director of the Lancaster County American Red Cross, was at home when a fire started at her family’s Hillcrest Avenue home about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, said her husband, Tony.

    Tony Ackerman said the fire may have been started by a light in the couple’s bedroom. The fire destroyed the bedroom and living room of the home, and burned through the roof. What wasn’t burned was damaged by smoke, Ackerman said.

  • Patrol, DNR stress safety over ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are combining efforts and working with local law enforcement to save lives on the roadways and waterways this summer through enforcement and public outreach.

    The SCDPS Office of Highway  Safety announced that motorists will also be seeing Highways or Dieways spots airing to support its Buckle Up, SC campaign.

    Last summer, 281 people died on the roadways over the summer months.

    Of those deaths, 117 of the 210 vehicle occupants were not wearing safety belts.

  • Police reports - May 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer investigated possible drug activity in an apartment complex on Eula Court on May 5.

    Jack Chris Whitaker, 31, 1210 E. Arch St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

    According to the report, an officer saw Whitaker drive up to an apartment, stay a short time and then leave on a bicycle. The officer stopped Whitaker on Nichols Road.

    The officer found crack cocaine in Whitaker’s cigarette pack, the report said.

  • Free chamber workshop for small businesses

    A law went in effect last year that requires all South Carolina employers to take additional steps to verify employment eligibility for newly hired employees.

    Private employers with 100 or more employees were required to have the new steps in place last year. Private employers with less than 100 employees are required to be in compliance by July 1.

    To be in compliance, an employer must follow three steps that include:

    • Complete and maintain Form I-9.

  • Lloyd's store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.

  • Lloyd’s store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.

  • Police reports - May 26, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge at a safety checkpoint on Quality Drive on May 14.

    Jarryn Damone Wade, 22, 120 Barnes Road, was charged with driving under suspension and possession of cocaine.

    The report said Wade told officers that his license was suspended because of a driving under the influence charge after he drove up to the checkpoint. Officers found a bag of cocaine in Wade’s pocket, the report said.

  • Council to consider first reading of county budget

    County Council will consider first reading of its 2010-11 budget at its Monday meeting.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this year’s budget was difficult to balance due to several cuts by the state Legislature and council’s insistence on not increasing county taxes. Major impacts council will discuss include a $400,000 cut in the local government fund by the state as well as a 10 percent increase in employer costs for the state health plan.

  • City officers will enforce teen curfew this summer

    The city of Lancaster has a curfew for youth 17 and under and the Lancaster Police Department wants to remind parents that officers will be enforcing it as school gets out for summer.

    From June 1 through Aug. 15, according to city ordinance, the curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m. It requires young people under 17 to be off public streets during those hours.

    From Aug. 16 to May 31, the curfew is 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The ordinance holds parents responsible for their children’s behavior.