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  • New church delivers old-fashioned message

    INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

    It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

    “We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.

  • Jobless rate down in June

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

    Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.

  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.

  • Should Sunday sales of alcohol be OK’d?

    INDIAN LAND – It happened one Sunday while Elissa Boyet was looking for something to eat.

    The Belair resident was on the hunt for a restaurant in Indian Land, but with so many Lancaster County establishments closed on Sunday, she finally gave up.

    After a little research, Boyet found that since the county prohibits the sale or serving of alcohol on Sundays, many business owners take the day off.

  • Several expensive mowers stolen

    Police have recovered several stolen pieces of expensive lawn care equipment, but are still looking for a person of interest in the thefts.

    On July 2, two zero-turn lawnmowers, each valued at $9,000, were reported stolen from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation building on 15th Street. The street is in the Lancaster Police Department’s jurisdiction. A pickup truck was also stolen at the time.

  • Officials hope to tap stimulus bonds to build natural gas pipeline

    The county has approved a bond resolution that could eventually lead to lower costs for natural gas customers in the county.

    Patriots Energy Group, a public body created by the Natural Gas Authorities of Chester, York and Lancaster counties, recently asked Lancaster County Council to allocate a benefit from the federal stimulus bill to their organization.

    Patriots requested a bond allocation that could help fund its construction of an almost 40-mile natural gas pipeline.

  • Council names panel members

    Lancaster City Council made some changes to its hospitality tax committee last week.

    Council members have sparred recently over which projects to fund with the city’s hospitality tax funds, which are generated by the sale of prepared food and hotel stays in the city limits. The money, by statute, can only be spent on projects that will bring in tourism to the city.

  • ‘High School Musical’ to be staged here

    Disney Channel’s smash hit musical hits the Community Playhouse stage starting this weekend.

    Thirty-five area young people, ages 12 to 20, will sing and dance through class in “High School Musical,” the latest production by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.

    Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and July 30 and 31, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road.

  • 21 cars egged at local apartment complex

    Due to recent shootings at a local restaurant and apartment complex, the Lancaster Police Department had extra officers, including Police Chief Hugh White, patrolling city streets over the weekend.

    There were no shootings reported, but another kind of crime occurred, even with extra officers on watch.

    Residents of Woodhaven Apartments on Colonial Avenue called police late Saturday night to report that their cars had been egged.

    In all, 21 cars at the apartment complex had been hit with eggs, which can damage a car’s paint finish.

  • 105 fans blow at research center

    GREAT FALLS – It’s been a hot summer and many people have been using fans to keep comfortable.

    But in one location, 105 fans were turned on at the same time.

    Dr. Anne Cope, director of research at the Institute for Business and Home Safety, spoke with Chester County Chamber of Commerce members and guests Wednesday about the new institute’s new test center on S.C. 99.