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  • Can Lancaster become a college town?

    Dr. John Catalano needs the county’s help to turn Lancaster into a college town.

    Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, enlisted the help of County Council on Tuesday night to help fund a new classroom building on the college’s campus. With high unemployment and a lack of available jobs in the county, Catalano said the key to improving the Lancaster area’s economic situation begins at USCL.

  • Growth in IL biggest issue for Pleasant Valley

    INDIAN LAND – Greg Nicholson remembers the ominous glow he saw as the fire from an Indian Land printing company lit up the sky for miles.

    It was about 2 a.m. on a freezing-cold night in December 1993 when Nicholson, then assistant chief of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, headed to the blaze at a plastic bag printing company.

    “I remember seeing that glow when we turned onto Possum Hollow Road off of S.C. 160,” Nicholson said. “I knew we’d need help when I saw it light up that sky.”

  • School board honors top teachers

    Four teachers who received Lancaster County School District’s highest honor for educators were recognized at the Aug. 24 school board meeting.  

    Each year, the district awards four educators with the Celebrate Great Teaching award – one for a beginning teacher, one for an elementary school teacher, one for a middle school teacher and one for a high school teacher.

    The 2010 winners are:

    • Wendy Bartell – literacy coach, Buford Middle School (middle school)

  • Patrol cracks down on DUI with checkpoints on U.S. 521

    INDIAN LAND – Drivers may have seen more blue lights than usual in the Panhandle on Friday night into Saturday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol, along with several other law enforcement agencies, participated in a crackdown to get drunk drivers off the road, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.

  • Police seek suspect in Aug. 22 home invasion

    The Lancaster Police Department has issued warrants for a man suspected of a recent home invasion during which a shot was fired.

    The police department is looking for Danquintan Lemark “LA” Johnson, 19, of 415 E. Dunlap St., or 2208 Caroline Court.

    He is being charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawful entry of a dwelling.

  • Suspect shoots himself during robbery attempt

    A robber shot himself in the arm during a home invasion Sunday and has been charged with several crimes in two separate incidents, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    Carlis Wayne Oliver Jr., 35, of 1855 Colton Way, has been charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the home invasion.

    Oliver has also been charged with armed robbery in connection with a robbery at The Forks convenience store on Aug. 7.

  • Three face charges in home invasion

    Three people have been charged in a home invasion at a Crenson Drive home late last Thursday.

    Sharon Teresa Dixon, 25, of 1834 Steele St., Benjamin Demarquay Caskey, 19, of 1888 Emma Circle, and Tyrese Tyrell White, 18, of 4129 Old Camden Highway, Heath Springs, have each been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

    Dixon has been charged with robbery while armed or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon, and Caskey and White have been charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Riverside ‘struggling’ with manpower issues

    Riverside Volunteer Fire Department was at a crossroads.

    The year was 2005. The issue was the future of the department.

    Jeff Walden, then the assistant chief and now the chief, set up a meeting. He called it a “commitment meeting.”

    “We were struggling with manpower, struggling to keep the doors open,” Walden said. “There was a lot of grumbling going on about changes in county, state and federal requirements.”

    Walden wanted everyone there to commit to moving the department forward.

  • Local input sought on Thread Trail

    Lancaster County is hosting sessions this month to solicit input from residents as the initial step in a countywide master planning process for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread).

    The Thread is a network of trails, greenways, blueways and conservation corridors linking 15 counties in North and South Carolina. It offers opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, paddling and connecting with nature. 

    The Thread is made up of segments that are designed, built and owned by the counties and municipalities through which the trail network is woven. 

  • The Springs Co. to sell L&C Railway

    One of the last vestiges of Springs Global – the L&C Railway Co. – is being sold to a Tennessee-based railroad company.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., and L&C Railway Co., headquartered in Lancaster, announced the pending sale. Gulf & Ohio is based in Knoxville.

    The sale is expected to be finalized by November, the release said.