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  • Police reports - Oct. 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Lancaster man stopped for speeding was arrested on a drug charge on Oct. 1.

    James Horace Watts, 54, 2311 Sunshine Road, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

    The report said a deputy stopped a Nissan Frontier for speeding on Pageland Highway. The deputy smelled marijuana inside the car, the report said.

  • Sanford drops by USCL; talks to Rotary members

    It took an 18-year-old University of South Carolina at Lancaster student to ask what other Rotarians may have been thinking as they listened to Gov. Mark Sanford speak during their lunch meeting on Thursday.

    Sanford talked about restructuring state government and spending and encouraged Rotarians to get involved and act on political energy to accomplish objectives. He said he’s touring the state to conduct “roving town hall meetings” to get residents’ feedback and input on how to make a difference in South Carolina.

  • McGriff thankful for win

    Gathering with family, friends and volunteers on Tuesday night, Charlene McGriff anxiously waited for the results to the special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    About 9 p.m.,  a few of her volunteers, who had been following the results at the County Administration Building, rushed over to tell her the good news. McGriff had won the race against Blondale Funderburk, 371 votes to 345.

  • 'Schoolhouse Rock' coming to town

    Children and adults, especially those who can still remember the words to such classic songs as “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill” and “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” are sure to enjoy the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

    The play opens this weekend, with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium.

  • Two men accused of breaking in Grace Avenue grocery store

    Two Lancaster men were arrested after a bloody burglary at a Grace Avenue grocery store early Saturday.

    Jamie Ray Robertson, 21, of 1791 Craig Manor Road, and Nicholas Tripp Snavely, 23, of 1824 Steele St., have each been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of second-degree burglary.

    According to an incident report, someone called the sheriff’s office to report a burglary at Grace Avenue Grocery at 1737 Grace Ave. While en route to the store, deputies learned that the suspects were still inside the store.

  • HOPE seeing record demand

    HOPE in Lancaster broke all of its previous records Friday.

    Seventy-one families came through the doors, looking for a variety of assistance from the nonprofit agency that offers a variety of help to people in need, including help paying mortgages and utility bills and assistance putting food on the table.

    Of those 71 families, 38 had never sought help from HOPE in its 26 years of existence, said director Elaine Adkins.

    “There’s been a lot of heartbreak today,” Adkins said.

  • Gregory to serve on USC board

    Greg Gregory will lean on his business experience and time in the General Assembly when he takes on a new role.

    Gregory, who served 16 years as the District 16 state senator, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.

    Sanford appointed Gregory and Leah B. Moody, a York County attorney, on Wednesday. The two positions became available with the Aug. 9 death of local business and civic leader James Bradley Sr. and the July 1 resignation of Samuel Foster II.

    Moody and Gregory will have their first meeting Friday.

  • Large turnout for food, supplies

    A few months ago, while participating in a food drop in Laurinburg, N.C., Eddie Adams met a man who would eventually bring big things to Lancaster County.

    Adams was participating in a Feed The Children food distribution tour called Americans Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan.

    Feed The Children is an international Christian-relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to those in need.

  • County looks to restore basement at courthouse

    With construction and remodeling in full swing at the county’s historic courthouse, Lancaster County Council will consider important floor renovations to the building.

    Council will discuss installing a brick paver floor on the bottom level of the courthouse at its meeting Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this is an effort to restore the courthouse to its original condition.

    The basement floor is now made of cement and tile.

  • A roof for Rosemary

    VAN WYCK – Rosemary Fann has finally found a home.

    The Van Wyck resident, who has been homeless since June 25, is now the proud owner of a one-bedroom, one-bathroom 2010 Spirit model mobile home from Clayton Homes of Lancaster.  

    “I’m just so excited and I can’t believe all this happened in such a short time,” Fann said. “It all happened so fast it’s hard to believe.”