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  • 'He was my baby,' says Harris about Harry Frazier

    Harry Frazier was born in the Bronx, N.Y., but was raised by his godmother, Yvonne Harris, in Lancaster. He grew up as the youngest of six children, with four brothers and one sister.

    “He was my baby,” Harris said.

    Frazier attended Lancaster High School, where Harris said Frazier excelled at math.

    “At first, he was hard-headed about school, but he knew he had to go to school when he was with me,” Harris said. “When he got older, he got more into his school work.”

  • Man tries but fails to rob store

    A clerk told sheriff’s deputies that an armed man came into Riverside Express in Lancaster and tried to rob the store on Friday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the clerk told deputies that a man with a pistol in his hand came into the store on West Meeting Street about 3:30 p.m. and demanded money from the register.

    The clerk said she told the man she couldn’t open the register because a computer locks it. The man hit his pistol against the register several times during the incident, the report said.

  • Residents reaching out to provide relief to Haiti's earthquake victims

    When Eddie Leaphart heard about the earthquake in Haiti, he was devastated.

    Leaphart, owner of a small home repairs company in Lancaster, is a regular visitor to the Caribbean country, located to the east of Cuba and about 700 miles southeast of the tip of Florida.

    As a missionary, Leaphart has delivered food and supplies to the people of Haiti on many occasions, and he had just finished a week-long trip to the country in early December.

  • Car hits house after accident with bus

    Chesterfield Avenue resident Beatrice Sanders was talking on the phone to her son when a car hit her house Friday.

    “A bomb – BOOM!” is what it sounded like, Sanders said.

    She hung up in mid-conversation and ran out the front door to find a blue Pontiac Grand Am crashed into the corner of her home and a woman screaming inside.

    “It shook the whole house,” Sanders said.

    Inside the car was Peggy Harris, 59, of 1107 Laughride St. She was taken by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Police reports - Feb. 3, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after a traffic stop on South Market Street on Jan. 29.

    Rico Muntrell Ingram, 33, 2183 Cane Mill Road, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension and violation of ABC law.

    According to the report, the officer received information that Ingram was driving with a suspended license, the report said.

  • Official opposes tobacco ban

    One County Council member questioned the fairness of a proposed tobacco-use ban on county-owned property at Monday’s council meeting.

    Councilman Cotton Cole asked that council revisit the issue. Cole was not present for the discussion or vote on first reading of the proposed ordinance last week. The measure passed unanimously then, but it takes three readings for a proposed ordinance to take effect.

    The proposed ordinance would bring the county’s codes in line with standards set by the state Clean Indoor Air Act.

  • Pettus receives state conservation honor

    COLUMBIA – State Sen. John Courson of Columbia was named the Conservationist of the Year and Lindsay Pettus of Lancaster received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the S.C. Wildlife Federation’s 45th annual awards banquet Sunday.  

    Formed in 1931, the S.C Wildlife Federation is a membership organization promoting habitat conservation and respect for outdoor traditions through statewide leadership, education, advocacy and partnerships.

    Pettus is well known for his strong interest and proactive approach to land conservation.  

  • Man, 29, killed in head-on collision

    A Lancaster man was killed in a head-on collision on Camp Creek Road on Friday.

    Andy Carter, 29, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

    Carter died of chest trauma, Morris said.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald said Carter was a passenger in a 1993 Ford Festiva driven by Joseph Taylor, 31, of Lancaster.

  • Son: Coley Patterson was a hard-working man and good provider

    Coley Patterson grew up in Kershaw and spent his years working several jobs around town.

    Patterson manned the town’s garbage truck before working in custodial services at Springs Industries’ mill in Kershaw.

    He retired after nearly 32 years of service.

    Patterson also worked part-time for Kirkland Mortuary in Kershaw and operated his own lawn care service.

    Coley Patterson Jr. said his father loved cutting grass.

    “It was work, but he considered it a hobby,” he said about his dad, who also used to play the harmonica.

  • Two falling trees felt and sounded like an earthquake to local family

    Forest Drive resident Peggy Furr doesn’t quite know how to describe the sound of two giant oak trees falling onto the roof of her garage.

    “I heard the ‘whoosh,’ ” Furr said. “I thought it was coming through the window.”

    Peggy Furr and her grandchildren, Garren, 8, and Mary McInvaille, 11, were at Furr’s home about noon Saturday when the two trees became uprooted.