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  • Police: Woman filed false report

    Only days after reporting an armed robbery, a Lancaster woman has been charged with filing a false felony report.

    Sylvia Criminger Stacks, 59, of 1205 Claredon Dr., was arrested on Nov. 15 and charged with filing a false report of armed robbery two days earlier.

    According to an incident report, Stacks told police on Nov. 13 she was at work about 7 p.m., cleaning the Comporium building on North White Street.

    Stacks said she was in front of the building cleaning up cigarette butts when she was approached from behind, the report said.

  • Scouts to collect food on Saturday

    Clayton Homes of Lancaster is teaming up with local Boy Scouts to produce what they hope will be the largest food drive in recent memory.

    The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Boy Scouts in five districts in upstate South Carolina, including Chester and Lancaster counties, participates yearly in “Scouting For Food,” in which scouts encourage residents in their communities to leave canned goods outside their door steps to be donated to charity.

  • Lancaster woman killed in crash

    A Lancaster woman was killed in a head-on collision on S.C. 903 on Sunday.

    Kelly Reeves, 31, 1305 Hawthorne Road, was pronounced dead at the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of head and chest trauma, Crawford said.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Reeves was driving a 1999 Suzuki and headed west on S.C. 903 when she crossed the center line about 5:40 p.m. at Community Lane.

    Reeves hit a 2005 Cadillac driven by Myrtle D. Henderson, 71, 1147 Potter Road, head on, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

  • Hospital CEO to step down

    Tom McDougal is stepping down as chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital.

    McDougal, who came to Springs Memorial in January 2008, will become the CEO of Medical West Hospital in Bessemer, Ala. The move to the 300-bed medical center will bring the Alabama native much closer to family.

    He will remain with SMH hospital through December and start his new position at Medical West Hospital on Jan. 1.

    Springs Memorial announced McDougal’s decision on Friday.

  • Grandmother shares cancer story

    INDIAN LAND - With her bright blue eyes and big smile, you might never guess that the stylishly dressed silver-haired woman who addressed an Indian Land High School class Oct. 15 had just spent the last two years fighting for her life.

    But that’s just what Brenda McCarver, 56, told the class, detailing her recent dual battle with breast and tonsil cancer.

    McCarver’s granddaughter, Lindsey Woods, 16, invited her grandmother, “G-ma,” to speak to Jeannie Jamison’s Consumer Homemaking I class on the school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

  • Latest session of leadership program set to begin Nov. 18

    Leadership Lancaster, a program of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is set to begin its 2009-10 program on Nov. 18.

    Since 1988, the chamber has conducted the seven-month Leadership Lancaster program, which is designed to inform, challenge and educate potential community leaders about the opportunities, goals and needs of the community as well as the dynamics of social and economic change, and to identify organizational and individual opportunities for their personal involvement in the community.

  • HS department lands nearly $1M

    HEATH SPRINGS – Major renovations are planned at the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department station, with a $976,000 grant.

    The Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department earlier this month, said Heath Springs Fire Chief Patrick Helms. The department asked for $1,025,000. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs is required.

  • Candlelight vigil set to honor murder victims

    Those who have fallen victim to murder in Lancaster will be remembered during a candlelight vigil Friday.

    The vigil will be held 6:30 p.m. in front of Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St. The event is sponsored by Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), a  crime-watch group. Everyone is invited.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said about 15 names are expected to be called during the vigil – all people who have been murdered in the city in recent years.

  • Vehicles pelted by rocks on bypass

    Edward McFarland said he’s looking for a new route to S.C. 903 to avoid using the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    About 7 p.m. Monday, McFarland was driving on the bypass when something hit his car.

    “I just heard this real bad bang on my car,” said McFarland, while waiting Thursday at the Lancaster Police Department to pick up a report of the incident.

    He said a rock hit his windshield. He pulled over and called police.

  • Pettus to receive cultural award

    After years of working towards preserving cultural heritage and ecological stability in Lancaster County, Lindsay Pettus is receiving credit for his work.

    Pettus, a local historian and conservationist, was recently named as a Keeper of the Culture by the Culture and Heritage Museums.

    Pettus, president of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, has spent a significant amount of time preserving thousands of acres of land in the region. The land trust was founded in 1995.