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  • Council to consider library bonds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss an idea for bonds to help the county’s three library branches at its Monday meeting.

    The county’s library board recently approached Council about adding library bonds on the November 2010 election ballot. County Administrator Steve Willis said the board wants to explore the idea of bonds to help with renovations and expansions at the county’s libraries. This would include renovations at the Kershaw branch, both renovations and expansion at the Lancaster branch and expansion of the meeting room at the Indian Land branch.

  • Just four months after fall, Carpenter making strides

    Bend, slide, straighten – three simple things most people can do with their legs and hips and take for granted.

    But 19-year-old Chase Carpenter isn’t most people.

    He fell down a 90-foot waterfall in July.

    Carpenter worked with his physical therapist, Shannon Houck, at Springs Physical Therapy on Friday morning. He was doing those three things, while holding onto parallel bars.

  • Report shows housing slump

    Ripples from the national recession continue to spread through Lancaster County, as construction of new homes and businesses remains down.

    According to a report from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, the amount of building permits requested in Lancaster County for both new homes and businesses has decreased.

    Catawba Regional tracks permit trends for single- and multi-family homes and mobile homes, as well as for commercial and industrial properties, in Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties.

  • Courthouse work on schedule

    Construction crews have made significant progress on the county’s two courthouse projects over the last few weeks.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders said work has been steadily progressing on renovations at the county’s historic courthouse, as well as construction of the county’s new courthouse building. He presented a status update of both projects at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday.

  • School district to benefit from $1.4M federal grant

    Local school officials are looking forward to the positive results that are expected from a federal grant recently awarded to Winthrop University.

    The Lancaster County School District is among several districts in the region that are included in the $1.4 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant that centers on Winthrop.

    The grant, awarded in October, will establish a partnership network connecting high-need  schools, the university and other agencies in an effort to improve student achievement.

  • Church hosts unity event

    The Rev. Richelle Massey-Harris said meditation, prayer and study are key to having a strong relationship with God.

    Those three disciplines were just some of many ideas shared during the first ever Men’s and Women’s Unity Breakfast/Seminar, held Saturday at United Bible Way Church of Lancaster.

    Dr. Kenny Rose, pastor at the church, said the aim was to assemble people who want to make positive changes in their community. Organizers wanted to have guest speakers on hand who could deliver powerful, inspirational messages, he said.

  • Breaking News Officers search for Walgreens robbery suspect

    INDIAN LAND – An assailant armed with a gun and a stopwatch took almost $3,000 worth of prescription medication from the Panhandle's Walgreens store on Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, a pharmacist told deputies that a man walked up to the pharmacy counter about 8:20 p.m., handed her a letter and told her he had a gun. The pharmacist said the man never pointed the gun at anyone in the store, the report said.

  • St. Luke UMC moves forward with renovation

    It’s been more than two years in the making, but St. Luke United Methodist Church is finally receiving a much-needed renovation.

    As one of the oldest Methodist churches in the state, having formed in 1859, pastor Kyle Randle said St. Luke facilities have needed an upgrade for some time. And with help from Columbia-based Bobbitt Design Build, the church will receive upgrades to its sanctuary, meeting spaces and classrooms.

  • Man, 27, sought on kidnapping charge

    Authorities are looking for a man wanted on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges after sheriff’s deputies received a call about a woman running from a man on Flat Creek Road on Friday.

    Cedrick Segars Jackson, 27, of 809 E. Dunlap St., is wanted for allegedly kidnapping a woman who used to live with him. He is also wanted on aggravated criminal domestic violence charges.

  • Homeless no more

    Sharelle Durham will never forget the day she lost her home.

    It happened in March when Durham, 26, and her 2-year-old son, Alonzo, were visiting a friend in Tega Cay. A late winter snowstorm had descended on the area and Durham decided to stay with her friend overnight. Little did she know that choice may have saved her life.

    “We came back the next day and that’s when we found out what had happened,” Durham said. “We came back to everything being gone.”