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  • Police reports - Jan. 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on gun charges after police responded to a disturbance at the Waffle House on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Anthony Wayne Smith Jr., 19, 511 Chester St., was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, when police arrived, Smith told them everything was OK and he was leaving. Smith walked toward an officer and the officer told him to stop where he was, but Smith refused, the report said.

  • County Council officials look back and forward

    A struggling economy, high unemployment, new businesses, the closing of a volunteer fire department and the construction of a new county courthouse were all issues Lancaster County Council dealt with in 2009. Through it all, council saw changes of its own as three new members joined its ranks in January, Fred Thomas resigned to become a magistrate judge in the summer and a special election was held to fill his space in the fall.

    Here County Council members share their accomplishments and concerns from 2009 and what they’re looking forward to in 2010.

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • A quiet start to the new year

    Law officers report no major incidents on Thursday night and Friday as residents celebrated the new year.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard both said their agencies didn’t receive many calls for service.

    Faile said New Year’s Eve was a typical day at the sheriff’s office.

    “Things were quiet,” Faile said. “No more than the average night.”

  • A step toward giving USCL campus that 'true college feel'

    The entrance to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s campus is taking on a new look.

    If you’ve driven along the S.C. 9 Bypass during the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen crews constructing a brick welcome sign at the Gillsbrook Drive intersection.

    Now that sign is complete with gold-colored lettering.

    The new sign is part of USCL’s strategic plan, which includes expanding the campus and giving it a “true college feel,” among other aims.

  • Foundation awards scholarship following drawn-out dispute

    A scholarship dispute involving a local college student’s family and the Michael Blackmon Foundation was resolved months ago, according to the foundation.

    The Michael Blackmon Foundation, started years ago in memory of a Lancaster man who from AIDS, awards scholarships each year to area college students.

    Miranda Baker and Latisha Potts, a then-Indian Land High School senior, were selected as the 2009 winners, with each set to receive a $500 award.

  • Man charged with murder in lynching

    INDIAN LAND – One of the four men jailed in connection with a Christmas night lynching incident in Indian Land could get life in prison.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged Evan Starck, 28, of 598 Six Mile Creek Road, on Wednesday with murder.

    Starck and three other Indian Land men had each been charged with lynching after Charlotte resident Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, was hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in the Panhandle on Dec. 25.

    Wallace later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

  • Police reports - Jan. 3, 2010

    Drugs seized from Lancaster home

    A Lancaster man was arrested on a cocaine charge Wednesday after authorities conducted surveillance on his home.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged David Lee Frazier, 62, 1265 Springdale Road, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    Deputies stopped a blue van after watching the driver, Samuel Hall Jr., leave the house and drive away.

  • The Lancaster News looks back at top stories of year

    Each year, The Lancaster News staff tries to take the events of the past 12 months, catalog them and determine what we, as a newspaper, consider the most important.

    We looked back at the biggest stories of the past year, and then 12 members of our staff from different departments ranked what they thought were the biggest stories to determine the list.

    Here’s our top 10 list:

    No. 1: Tough times

  • Heath Springs man to seek House seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – It was about this time last year when Heath Springs resident Rob McCoy first considered entering the political arena.

    McCoy, owner of McCoy Motors in Indian Land, was concerned with discussions by then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama about taxes for business owners, particularly those who make $250,000 or more.

    “I haven’t made it to that level yet, but I don’t think I should be penalized if I ever did that well with my business,” McCoy said. “It really irked me and hit a spot in my heart.”