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  • Businessman, civic leader helped shape community

    Friend, mentor, quiet leader.

    That’s how friends and associates of the late James “Jim” Bradley Sr. remember him.

    Bradley, 92, died Sunday at his home.

    What many will remember about Bradley is his work ethic. Bradley, a Forest City, N.C., native, moved to Lancaster in 1947 and served as president of the Springs Co.

  • Russell takes on another role; he now heads firefighters association

    Adding to his already long list of duties, Morris Russell is now serving as president of the S.C. Firefighters Association.

    Russell, 41, is Lancaster County Emergency Management director and also director of the county Fire Service. He also serves on Kershaw Town Council.

    He’s been a firefighter for 22 years, and is now a firefighter with Kershaw Volunteer Fire Department. In 2005, Russell was named fourth vice president of the SCFA, and has moved up to president over the past four years.

  • Celebrations Submission Forms Available Online

    The Lancaster News welcomes news from your family. Whether you are getting married, celebrating many years of wedded bliss or announcing an engagement, we want to know.

    Weddings, engagement, anniversary and birth announcements appear in The Lancaster News on Sundays. Announcements are published in the order in which we receive them. Due to the volume of announcements and limited space in our paper, it may take three to four weeks for your announcement to appear.

    Be sure to read our Announcement Policy carefully before submitting your announcement.

  • Registration dates for county schools

    Registration dates have been set for the 2009-10 school year. No general school fees will be charged this year, though some fees may be charged for activities, such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.

    School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

    All students new to the district must complete a student information form and provide two proofs of residency. They are asked to bring report cards and any other available records from the school attended last year and will not be allowed to register without the following documents:

  • Crash victim was 'always smiling'

    Brandon Threatt had been to the store with his best friend, Brett Wright, and was coming back to his grandmother’s home on John Everall Road on Sunday morning.

    But the teens never made it back to Margie Allen’s house.

    Allen, Brandon Threatt’s grandmother, lives literally a stone’s throw from where Wright’s pickup truck overturned about 10:20 a.m. Sunday, said Threatt’s father, Mike Threatt.

    Neither teen was wearing a seat belt, and they were ejected from the truck in the crash, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said.

  • School begins here Monday

    Anna Blackmon smiled when talking about starting the second grade.

    As she stood by her parents at North Elementary School’s orientation Thursday, she appeared eager to begin another year. Her mother, Melody Blackmon, said it’s the comfort she has with her teacher that’s makes her at ease.

    Anna’s new teacher, David Warren, worked with her during a camp over the summer. The two have already established a good rapport.

  • New idea for Edenmoor property

    INDIAN LAND – Daune Gardner is hoping a partnership between Lancaster and Union counties could bring thousands of jobs to the area.

    Gardner, the mayor of Waxhaw, in Union County, N.C., is looking to forge a deal that would create a research park on land in both counties.

    Gardner laid out her plan at last week’s Indian Land Rotary Club meeting, speaking to several members of the community. At the meeting, she explained how the idea formed and how a research park could benefit members of both counties.

  • Two men shot in separate incidents

    Two people have been released from the hospital after being shot in separate incidents over the last few days.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies say Dabney Rorie, 16, was shot by his brother, Jeremy, on Thursday night at their home at 1413 Carmel Road.

    Jeremy E. Rorie, 23, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    A neighbor called authorities after hearing multiple gunshots and finding two bullets holes in the front of his home, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments on Monday after receiving a call about a stove falling on someone.

    The report said when officers arrived, they saw a naked 3-year-old boy standing on the sidewalk being treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services for burns on his face, shoulder, stomach, thigh and groin area.

    Inside the apartment, officers noted that the stove was tipped over, and there was chicken and cooking grease on the floor.

  • Dawkins honored with her own day

    Debra Dawkins remembers a day in 1987 when her father’s tractor was on fire.

    Worried he was injured, Dawkins raced to the scene to find the Elgin Fire Department putting out the fire and a man helping her father.

    That man was Rudy Carter, current chairman of Lancaster County Council.

    Now more than 20 years later, Carter was again present on another important day in Dawkins’ life. Dawkins, who has served as a county magistrate judge since 1999, was honored by Carter and other county employees at her retirement party Friday afternoon.