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  • Playhouse receives seven nominations

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County has received seven nominations from the Metrolina Theatre Association for its 2008-09 Season.  

    The seven nominations tie a community playhouse high, said playhouse board member and award nominee Eric Grace.

    Three of the nominations were for its fall 2008 revival of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and four nominations for its spring 2009 production of the classic musical “Gypsy.”

  • Fall into Fun festival is Saturday in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – It’s almost time for Indian Land’s fourth annual Fall into Fun festival.

    The event, sponsored by Indian Land Rotary Club and Carolina Gateway newspaper, will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Land Middle School, 8361 Charlotte Highway. This is the festival’s second year at the school. There is no admission charge.

    “This year’s festival is rain or shine, so we’re praying for a sunny day,” said Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway and co-chairwoman of the event.

  • Man accused of trying to kill woman at park

    A Lancaster man has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after a woman told deputies that she was beaten at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Deputies responded to Springs Memorial Hospital about 1:50 a.m. Sept. 3 and spoke to a woman there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The woman said she was visiting Michael Bruce Hayes, 50, at his home at the Andrew Jackson State Park campground.

    Hayes and the woman argued because the woman had spoken to another man on the phone, the report said.

  • Total Arts Fusion a big part of Great Falls celebration

    GREAT FALLS – Get ready for the annual Great Falls Cultural and Heritage Celebration, a focus on cultural heritage, history and the natural resources of Great Falls, a community situated on the banks of the Catawba River.

    Performances, art exhibits and demonstrations, reptile and animal exhibits, children’s activities, kayak tours, hay rides, nature hikes, food, service agency and consumer information booths are all part of the Great Falls Cultural and Heritage Celebration.

  • Weisner lived, taught Scout motto

    Richard “Dick” Weisner lived the Boy Scouts’ motto.

    He believed in being prepared, always keeping a backpack full of supplies he could grab whenever he needed it.

    Those who knew the Lancaster resident well remember him for this preparedness as well as his hard-working attitude. And days following his death, those are just some of the many qualities long-time friends talk about.

    Weisner, who was an Eagle Scout and former local Boy Scouts leader, died Sept. 2. He was 71.

  • Care Health Center expands

    Care Health Center is now able to see more patients and is expanding the services it offers.

    The health clinic, which provides care for uninsured or under-insured Lancaster County residents, recently welcomed a second physician to its staff.

    Dr. Rosanna Silva, who moved from New Jersey, joins Dr. Nimal Perera, who was on board when Care Health Center opened its doors in March 2008.

    Silva comes to Lancaster after working in primary and preventive medicine at Heights Medical Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

  • Officers investigate inmate hanging death

    The State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate at the Lancaster County Detention Center on Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, Henry Clark Hearn Jr., 41, was found hanging in his private cell just after 6 p.m.

    Attempts to revive Hearn were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Van Wyck resident starts group to provide nursing, other services

    VAN WYCK – It’s taken several months and plenty of legwork, but Margaret Smith is looking forward to having a way to serve her community.

    And she owes it all to the nightly news.

    Earlier this year, while watching “NBC Nightly News,” Smith, a Van Wyck resident, was fascinated with a segment called “Making a Difference,” which focused on Jacob Massaquoi II, a Liberian who had escaped torture in his homeland by seeking political asylum in the United States.

  • Reward offered for info on stolen utility trailers

    Two utility trailers belonging to downtown businesses are missing, and rewards are being offered for their return.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, 6-foot-by-12-foot double-axle trailer was taken from Howell’s Antiques on South Main Street between 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and noon Aug. 15.

    The 1989 Jens trailer is valued at $2,000, the report said.

    On Aug. 27, a 16-foot-by- 8.5-foot double-axle, enclosed trailer was taken from behind the Edwards-Scott House on Elm Street.

  • WW II vets prepare for Honor Flight to D.C.

    KERSHAW – Lou Fowler of Columbia urged fellow World War II veterans Tuesday not to miss an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial.

    Fowler served in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war near Auschwitz in Germany for 13 months during World War II. He said he can still smell the crematoriums, where 8 million people died.

    Fowler said he took an Honor Flight and went to the memorial with no preconceived notions about how he would feel when he saw it.