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  • Patrol looking for driver who left accident scene

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who left the scene of an early-morning crash that left a Lancaster man seriously injured.

    Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Patricio Ramos Cortes, 32, of 2295 Airport Road, was driving a 1994 Toyota east on Airport Road about 1:30 a.m. Friday when he hit a tree that had fallen across the road. The crash happened near the intersection of Country Club Drive.

    Cortes got out of his car, and was hit by another car, Elder said.

  • County Council updates capital improvement list

    As County Council readied its capital improvement list for the upcoming year, council members took a look back at progress made on last year’s issues.

    Council reviewed past and present projects for its annual priority capital improvement list, a wish list of county improvement projects. The list, which needed to be adopted by Aug. 15, is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration. It can help provide the county with funding for a variety of projects.

  • GOP chairwoman speaks to IL crowd

    INDIAN LAND – The chairwoman of the S.C. Republican Party said the amount of money the Democratic Congressional Committee has put into John Spratt’s re-election campaign is evidence of how formidable candidate Mick Mulvaney is.

  • Police reports - Aug. 11, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested after a shoplifting incident at Walmart on Aug. 9.

    Edward Riddley Jr., 39, of 904 14th St., was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, officers were called to the store to arrest a shoplifter. They saw Riddley running into the produce section and then outside. After being caught, Riddley struggled with officers until he was handcuffed, the report said.

  • Samaritan’s Feet in action

    It was hard to tell who was happier at Renew Church on Saturday morning – the children getting a new pair of shoes or the volunteers fitting the children for their new footwear and washing their feet.

    Renew Church, non-denominational congregation, participated in the Samaritan’s Feet drive in Lancaster County on Saturday. Covenant and Sherwood Baptist churches, and Team Church in Kershaw also participated.

  • 8 district schools make AYP goals in 2010

    Eight of the 19 schools in the Lancaster CountySchool District met their 2010 annual goals (Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP) as outlined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    The S.C. Department of Education released data last week.

    Buford Elementary, Discovery School, Erwin Elementary, Heath Springs Elementary, Indian Land Elementary, Kershaw Elementary, McDonald Green Elementary and North Elementary schools made AYP in 2010.

    Sixty-one percent of the state’s elementary and middle schools and 7 percent of its high schools made AYP last year.

  • Fire department to check on address signs

    Firefighters in the city of Lancaster will be going door to door in coming weeks to make sure addresses are clearly marked on homes.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery said firefighters canvassed neighborhoods about six years ago, making sure homes were properly marked with house numbers.

    Without numbers on your house, it slows emergency workers’ response to an emergency.

    “Numbers are so critical for us,” Nunnery said. “This is an emergency service-wide problem and we need to address it.”

  • Council to discuss appointees to Farmers Market Commission

    County Council will discuss possible appointees to three open seats on the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission at its meeting Tuesday.

    Four members of the commission – Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts – were removed by council July 20 following a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the market.

    After removing the four members, council  Robert Steele to serve from District 4. His appointment gave the commission enough members to have a quorum at its meetings.

  • Faile: Evidence act ‘nightmare for us’

    Sheriff Barry Faile doesn’t know how his office will comply with a new act passed by the state Legislature.

    The Preservation of Evidence Act, which amends several different state criminal procedures and databases, contains one provision that concerns him the most.

    It will require the county to store evidence for several types of criminal cases in atmosphere-controlled conditions. The act lists 24 different offenses in which evidence must be saved. They include murder, rape, robbery and arson.

  • Police reports - Aug. 6, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after police stopped to question him on Glenwood Avenue on July 30.

    James Frank Copeland, 47, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged with second-offense possession of crack cocaine.

    The report said officers stopped to talk with Copeland about midnight after seeing him leave a drug house on Glenwood Avenue. Copeland told officers that he was out walking because he had gone to ask a man about a job.