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  • 35 USCL students get an Early Start

    The sight and smell of seasoned shrimp and grits in mid-August usually means one thing – a graduation ceremony at Thelathia Bailey’s home.

    Bailey is director of the TriO programs at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which targets first-generation college students.

    One of the TriO programs, Early Start, allows select students to receive three weeks of mentoring over the summer to help them make a smoother transition to college.

    The participating students in the 2009 class had their graduation Friday.

  • Foundation awards $1.1 million in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation recently awarded $1.1 million in grants to seven organizations in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

    The grants will provide medical care and assistance with basic needs for low-income citizens.

    “Currently, a number of citizens find it difficult to obtain good medical care or to meet their basic needs for a variety of reasons,” said Jim Morton, foundation president. “We’re pleased to make awards to help meet these needs as well as others in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn.”   

  • Schools brace for swine flu

    Health and school personnel are preparing for a major possible spike in the H1NI (swine) flu virus as the start of school draws near.  

    Officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control met with school nurses last week to discuss preventative measures and the future availability of immunization packages.

  • Heath Springs may increase its utility rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council may opt to raise its water and sewer rates at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    The town has not raised its water and sewer rates since January 2006, when the base rate went from $13 to $15.

    Heath Springs charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons, while the city of Lancaster charges $19.57. Lancaster County charges $31.28 for the first 3,000 gallons. The town charges $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment.

  • City may update parking ordinance

    Residents of the city of Lancaster may soon face new guidelines on how they can park their utility trailers, boats, motor homes and campers at their homes.

    City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that outlined the storage of such vehicles on residential property. One more reading by council is required for the amended ordinance to take effect.

    Under the revised ordinance, residents would not be allowed to park their utility and recreational equipment in the front or side yard of any single- or two-family dwelling for more than three days.

  • Homeless woman gets help

    VAN WYCK, It’s been more than 30 years since Rosemary Fann went dancing.

    But that’s exactly what she did at a party in her honor last week. Fann, 61, spent some of the night on July 30 shuffling around the dance floor at a celebration organized by the Sun City Carolina Lakes softball club.

    “It’s been awhile since I danced and I’ve never fast-danced like that,” Fann said. “But I really enjoyed myself. It was a lot of fun.”

  • Officers investigate shooting

    Sheriff’s investigators were looking into a shooting Thursday afternoon on North Corner Road.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Carlos McCune, 39, of 3928 N. Corner Road, was shot with a shotgun in the stomach and leg about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Faile said the incident was preceded by a fight in Union County, N.C., between McCune and his brother, Todd.

    The shooting happened after McCune headed home. He was shot at a neighboring home.

  • State parks featured in coffee table book

    After several days on the road, the Beautiful Places van arrived in Lancaster County on Friday.

    Adorned with color photographs of state park scenes from throughout South Carolina, the van is on tour to publicize a new book published by the S.C. State Park Service. Titled “Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks,” the 140-page hardcover coffee table book features photos and history from parks across the state, including Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County and Landsford Canal State Park in Chester and Lancaster counties.

  • Officers arrest two for growing marijuana

    County drug officers arrested two do-it-yourself pot growers on Tuesday.

    The State Law Enforcement Division flew its helicopter over Lancaster County on Tuessday, looking for clandestine pot gardens.

    They struck green on Shiloh Unity Road, finding a plot of 187, 8-feet-tall marijuana plants behind the home of Bundy Plyler, 547 Shiloh Unity Road.

  • Lancaster man faces murder charge

    A Lancaster man has been charged with murder in Kershaw County.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies received information that Joshua Norton Stapleton, 24, of 1659 Evans Drive, and another suspect, Christopher Lamar Watson, 21, of 2506 Timber Ridge Road, Elgin in Kershaw County, were at Stapleton’s home Saturday.

    The two men were wanted for murder by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.