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  • Who took pizza signs?

    INDIAN LAND – Where do missing business signs go?

    That’s what county officials and several businesses in Indian Land want to know.

    The debate began earlier this year after a few business owners in the Panhandle sought the culprits for their missing temporary signs, the kind that advertise special deals or goods for sale.

    David Loughry, a partner with Figaro’s Pizza off U.S. 521 in Indian Land, was one of those business owners.

  • Rudy Carter OK after accident

    It was supposed to be a typical Monday afternoon, but Oct. 12 turned into a day Rudy Carter will never forget.

    Carter, chairman of County Council, was mentally preparing for the night’s meeting as he navigated his way to the Lancaster County Administration building. It had been raining all day, and the roads were slippery as Carter started his drive on Cane Mill Road about 5 p.m.  

    Carter was following a small car, which attempted to make a left turn, but instead cut off a wrecker truck heading in the opposite direction.

  • Arts council to put arts in Halloween

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is putting the arts in Halloween this year.

    For the second year, the arts council is planning an art draw through downtown Lancaster, with participants getting the chance to win original art by local artists, gift baskets and more.

    The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

  • Double transplant recipient reaches out to help another

    HEATH SPRINGS – After overcoming diabetes and related life-threatening illnesses, Crystal Hagwood is reaching out to a friend going through a similar struggle.

    Hagwood is organizing a benefit program for fellow Lancaster resident Bettina Thompson, who has type 1 diabetes and is unable to pay her medical expenses, which now exceed $50,000.

    The benefit is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw-Camden Highway in Heath Springs. The public is invited to attend.

  • Six men face drug conspiracy charges

    A federal grand jury has charged six Lancaster men in a drug conspiracy dating back to 2004.

    According to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the six men “knowingly and intentionally did combine, conspire, agree and have tacit understanding with each other and with others ... to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base (commonly known as crack cocaine).”

    The conspiracy involved 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the indictment.

  • Carnival, Boo Fest on Saturday bill

    With Halloween on a Saturday night this year, there will be plenty of things for kids in Lancaster to do this year.

    One big event is Lancaster County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween carnival, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road. Admission is $3 per child and parents are free.

    There will be costume contests for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, a baby costume contest and a dog costume contest.

  • Police reports - Oct. 30, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster woman was arrested on a drug charge after police responded to a call about an intoxicated person at a South Market Street home on Oct. 23.

    Brenda Carol Sims, 42, 2488 Sims Drive, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, public drunkenness and open consumption of alcohol.

  • Mulvaney to run for Congress?

    Mick Mulvaney was just settling in to his first year as the District 16 state senator when he started thinking about another way to represent the residents of South Carolina.

    Mulvaney, 42, a Republican whose senate district includes parts of Lancaster and York counties, is now considering taking on U.S. Rep. John Spratt in the 5th District race next year. Spratt, a Democrat from York, was first elected to the seat in 1982.

    Mulvaney, a businessman who lives in Indian Land, was elected to the state Senate a year ago after completing one term in the state House.

  • Benefit set for child fighting cancer

    HEATH SPRINGS – Motorcyclists are coming together this weekend to raise money for a 2-year-old with cancer.

    Cotton Pate has organized the Cruisin’ for Chase ride on Saturday to benefit Chase Gordon. The ride is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Carolinas Biker Ministries.

    Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the church, with the first bikes out at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for a single rider, and $25 for two-up bikes. The cost includes the Cruisin’ for Chase T-shirt.

  • Entries sought for vets parade

    Now that the route has been established and other kinks worked out, organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are primarily concerned about participation.

    Linda Blackmon, Lancaster County Veterans Affairs officer, said registration has been considerably low thus far for the Nov. 7 parade. She believes a lot of people have been hesitant to commit amidst concern that the event would not happen.

    Due to construction of the new courthouse and new statewide guidelines regarding parades and festivals, organizers have been forced to change their plans.