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  • Breaking NewsMcGriff wins District 2 seat

    Charlene McGriff easily won the District 2 County Council race Tuesday.

    McGriff received 397 votes to 183 write-in votes for Blondale Funderburk, according to unofficial totals in the special election.

    All but 21 of the write-in votes for Funderburk came from absentee ballots.

    It had been known for weeks that there was probably a write-in candidate in the race, but it wasn’t known who the candidate was.

  • Crime march set for Oct. 31

    Several Lancaster County residents are planning to spend their Halloween standing up against crime in their neighborhoods.

    Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), a citizens crime awareness group, is hosting a crime watch march on Oct. 31. The aim is to stop the violence and take back the neighborhoods, said City Councilwoman Tamara Green, who founded LAPS.

    She said the march includes school children, LAPS members, pastors and other citizens.

    “Anyone is welcome to participate,” Green said.

  • Are you $200,000 richer?

    Someone got very lucky Wednesday with a $1 Powerball ticket bought at a Lancaster convenience store and is now $200,000 richer.

    The ticket, sold at Twin Pine Convenience Store in Lancaster, matched all five white balls in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, according to state lottery officials.   

    The winning numbers were 5, 15, 25, 30 and 40. The Powerball was 6 and the Powerplay number drawn was 2.

  • Floor in old courthouse won't be restored to its 1828 style

    Although the county plans to restore Lancaster’s historic courthouse as close to its 1828 condition as possible, it won’t be with the same type of basement flooring the building originally had.  

    County Council decided Monday not to move forward with a proposal that called for installing basement flooring similar to the building’s original flooring.

    The project, estimated at $40,000, would have involved placing brick pavers on the bottom floor of the building. The floor there is now made of cement and tile.

  • Who took pizza signs?

    INDIAN LAND – Where do missing business signs go?

    That’s what county officials and several businesses in Indian Land want to know.

    The debate began earlier this year after a few business owners in the Panhandle sought the culprits for their missing temporary signs, the kind that advertise special deals or goods for sale.

    David Loughry, a partner with Figaro’s Pizza off U.S. 521 in Indian Land, was one of those business owners.

  • Rudy Carter OK after accident

    It was supposed to be a typical Monday afternoon, but Oct. 12 turned into a day Rudy Carter will never forget.

    Carter, chairman of County Council, was mentally preparing for the night’s meeting as he navigated his way to the Lancaster County Administration building. It had been raining all day, and the roads were slippery as Carter started his drive on Cane Mill Road about 5 p.m.  

    Carter was following a small car, which attempted to make a left turn, but instead cut off a wrecker truck heading in the opposite direction.

  • Arts council to put arts in Halloween

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is putting the arts in Halloween this year.

    For the second year, the arts council is planning an art draw through downtown Lancaster, with participants getting the chance to win original art by local artists, gift baskets and more.

    The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

  • Double transplant recipient reaches out to help another

    HEATH SPRINGS – After overcoming diabetes and related life-threatening illnesses, Crystal Hagwood is reaching out to a friend going through a similar struggle.

    Hagwood is organizing a benefit program for fellow Lancaster resident Bettina Thompson, who has type 1 diabetes and is unable to pay her medical expenses, which now exceed $50,000.

    The benefit is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw-Camden Highway in Heath Springs. The public is invited to attend.

  • Six men face drug conspiracy charges

    A federal grand jury has charged six Lancaster men in a drug conspiracy dating back to 2004.

    According to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the six men “knowingly and intentionally did combine, conspire, agree and have tacit understanding with each other and with others ... to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base (commonly known as crack cocaine).”

    The conspiracy involved 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the indictment.

  • Carnival, Boo Fest on Saturday bill

    With Halloween on a Saturday night this year, there will be plenty of things for kids in Lancaster to do this year.

    One big event is Lancaster County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween carnival, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road. Admission is $3 per child and parents are free.

    There will be costume contests for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, a baby costume contest and a dog costume contest.