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  • Libraries serving more with less funds

    It’s not something Michelle Hammond likes to think about.

    Hammond has been making good use of the Lancaster County Library this summer. Her children, Emma and Abby, both 11, and Alex, 2, enjoy checking out their favorite books. But when she hears about further cuts to the county’s library system, she shakes her head.

    “They love to read, so we’d hate to see anything else go,” she said.

  • Council closer to adopting capital improvement list

    Developing business parks, upgrading rail access and enhancing road options are all projects county officials want to include on its annual list of improvement projects.

    County Council recently reviewed its annual capital improvement list, a wishlist of county improvement projects requested by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The list, which needs to be adopted by Aug. 15, is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration. It can help provide the county with funding for a variety of projects.

  • Fugitive turns himself in

    A Mississippi man wanted for vehicular manslaughter was tracked down in Heath Springs on Thursday.

    Zachary Aaron Goude, 19, was arrested Thursday near Heath Springs Town Hall after a search conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies learned Thursday that Goude was wanted by police in Byhalia, Miss., on charges of vehicular manslaughter by negligent driving under the influence. He was believed to be somewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Morin settling in as Habitat’s new director

    Joyce Morin has enjoyed getting to know the community since beginning work at Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

    Morin was hired in May as the group’s new executive director. She succeeded Tracy Carnes, who resigned in February.

    Habitat for Humanity pools community resources to build houses for local residents in need. Morin said this post gives her the chance to further her aim of serving others.

    “The opportunity to be of help to the community and of help to the people is what I like best,” she said.

  • Mosey on down to cowboy church

    Mention the words “cowboy church” to someone and the usual response is a puzzled look on their face and the question, “What is that?”

    Carolinas Cowboy Church was started by two men, Pastor Jack Nunn and Ben Snipes. Snipes describes it as a place where people can come and see that you can be a Christian and still have a good time.  

    “Look around and you can see the friendship and fellowship among the people,” Nunn said. “There’s such a sweet spirit here.”

  • Council to discuss old jail, capital-improvements list

    Lancaster County Council will continue discussion on possible ways to handle the old county jail at its upcoming meeting Tuesday.

    Council learned more than a month ago that the building, built in 1823, had suffered cracks in its ceiling due to vibrations from road maintenance nearby. A structural engineer has warned county officials that the historic building, designed by notable Charleston architect Robert Mills, could collapse.

    Repairs are estimated to cost nearly $206,000.

  • Babridge turns 105

    Mattye W. Babridge points to her faith as a main reason behind her longevity.

    Babridge, a Lancaster resident, is celebrating her 105th birthday today.

    Babridge, who lives on East Meeting Street in Lancaster, is a retired elementary school teacher. She spent 45 years as an educator.

    She’s a member of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church and enjoys crocheting, reading, traveling and watching TV. Her favorite movie is the “Wizard of Oz” and her favorite book is the Bible.

    Her favorite foods include tomatoes, ribs and chicken wings.

  • Unique design for IL station

    INDIAN LAND – The renovated and expanded Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

    Plans for the station are classified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    Some of the LEED elements of the station will include energy-efficient lighting, day-lighting, efficient water fixtures, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and adhesive, and a masonry and pre-finished metal panel exterior for sustainability and low maintenance.

  • Men lead deputies on chase

    Deputies are searching for two men who led them on a car chase late Tuesday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies attempted to pull over a white Buick Century at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday. The car was going almost 50 mph in a 25-mph zone.

  • Police reports - July 21, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Several items were reported stolen from a Pardue Street apartment on July 15. A woman called police after returning home from vacation and finding her back door kicked in, the report said. Stolen from the apartment were a Sony Playstation 3, two Nintendo DSI’s, a laptop computer, a Sony PSP and two pairs of Air Jordan shoes. The items are valued at $1,229.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports: