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  • Donations top $33,000 to help homeless woman

    VAN WYCK – It hadn’t dawned on Rosemary Fann how much her life had changed until she was walking through the supermarket last week.

    Fann, who lost her mobile home in June and was then taken in by her church pastor’s family, was in the checkout line when an employee seemed to recognize her.

    “Hey, Rosemary,” the employee asked. “Do you have a new home yet?”

    Fann said she’s surprised that so many people have not only recognized her, but have donated money and time towards finding her a new home.

  • District 2 candidates speak at forum

    Blondale Funderburk lauds her diverse professional experience while Charlene McGriff speaks of her passion and concern for the community.

    Residents got a chance to hear both woman talk about their strengths while also tackling county issues during a political forum held Thursday evening at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Funderburk and McGriff are running for the District 2 County Council vacated by Fred Thomas, who stepped down in June to become a magistrate.

  • 2 men shot at nightclub

    Two men were shot four times each early Saturday while they were at a nightclub on Kershaw Camden Highway.

    An anonymous caller reported the shooting at Grown Folks at 2:58 a.m. Saturday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    When deputies arrived, they found a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot.

    He was about 20 feet away from a white Chevrolet Impala. Blood was found on the driver’s side door frame of the car, the report said.

  • Monroe man, 18, charged in home invasion

    A Monroe man has been charged in an Aug. 16 home invasion in which a teenager was tied up and locked in a bathroom at her home in Tradesville.

    Jacob Lee Hughes, 18, of 4114 Stack Road, Monroe, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with first-degree burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime, Sheriff Barry Faile said Wednesday.

    Faile said Hughes came to the sheriff's office for questioning on Tuesday and was arrested there. Investigators are still looking for other suspects.

  • Indian Land group to help promote 2010 U.S. Census

    INDIAN LAND – Ted Hoover wants everyone in Indian Land to stand up and be counted.

    Hoover, vice-president of the Indian Land Action Council, is spearheading efforts to get the word out about the 2010 Census.

    The Indian Land Action Council became interested in promoting the census after hearing about similar efforts in the city of Lancaster. ILAC President Jane Tanner asked Hoover to take the lead on the project and find out how to involve the Indian Land community.

  • Ministry to open thrift shop, outreach center on Saturday

    A new store on Grace Avenue wants to be a helping hand to the community.

    Helping Hands Community Store and Outreach Services, at 1877 Grace Ave., will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be speakers on cancer awareness and depression in children. There will be singing, praise dancing, free food, fun, school supplies and door prizes. Messages against violence will also be delivered.

    Veronica Mills Ealey partnered with Marie Simon, who is from Haiti. The two met as students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • District 2 hopefuls ready for primary

    Candidates Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk have been busy knocking on doors and meeting with constituents as the special primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat nears.

    With residents getting ready to head to the polls for the special primary on Tuesday, both candidates have plans to continue campaigning as much as they can.

  • 250 absentee votes already cast in race

    Absentee voting is running high in the race for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat.

    Mary Ann Hudson of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission said as of Friday afternoon, 250 people had either cast an absentee ballot or requested one by mail.

    “For a special election, we have an unusually high number of absentee ballots, both requests and voting,” Hudson said. “Usually, voter turnout is not high when you’ve got this small of an election.”

  • City says no to taxi firm wanting to operate here

    The co-owner of a Rock Hill taxi company made an unsuccessful bid last week to get approval to operate in the city of Lancaster.

    Chad Whisonant of Veterans Cab Co. asked Lancaster City Council to approve his application on Aug. 25.

    Whisonant said he’s not trying to establish a permanent presence in Lancaster, but wanted to obtain a certificate just in case any of his drivers have to make pick ups in the city limits.

    “I’m not planning on coming here,” Whisonant said. “I just want to make sure I follow the law.”

  • County may cover HOPE's rent

    Lancaster County Council will consider two items Monday that could help HOPE in Lancaster better serve the community.

    Council will discuss waiving the charitable organization’s rent on its Pageland Highway building through June 2011.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively,  is a charitable organization run mostly by volunteers. It assists local families with food donations and short-term expenses, such as utility bills, rent and mortgage payments.