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  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments on Monday after receiving a call about a stove falling on someone.

    The report said when officers arrived, they saw a naked 3-year-old boy standing on the sidewalk being treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services for burns on his face, shoulder, stomach, thigh and groin area.

    Inside the apartment, officers noted that the stove was tipped over, and there was chicken and cooking grease on the floor.

  • Dawkins honored with her own day

    Debra Dawkins remembers a day in 1987 when her father’s tractor was on fire.

    Worried he was injured, Dawkins raced to the scene to find the Elgin Fire Department putting out the fire and a man helping her father.

    That man was Rudy Carter, current chairman of Lancaster County Council.

    Now more than 20 years later, Carter was again present on another important day in Dawkins’ life. Dawkins, who has served as a county magistrate judge since 1999, was honored by Carter and other county employees at her retirement party Friday afternoon.

  • Jobless rate up slightly in county

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate in June increased slightly from May to 19.1 percent. That amounts to almost 1 in 5 people here being considered unemployed.

    The increase in June was by 0.7 percent, according to the latest figure from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    The county now has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in South Carolina.

    Allendale County had the highest jobless rate in June at 23.5 percent.

    Neighboring Chester County had the third-highest jobless rate at 21.9 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from May.

  • Police reports - Aug. 16, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after a traffic stop on Palmetto Street on Aug. 8.

    Lynneil Nicoel Funder-burk, 29, 998 Winston Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana and violation of learner’s permit.

    The report said an officer stopped Funderburk because the truck he was driving had a burned out brake light.

  • New school year begins Monday

    Kelly Davis is a little disappointed that her summer vacation is about over, but said she is honestly more excited about starting another school year.

    Davis, who teaches kindergarten at Indian Land Elementary School, is one of several hundred teachers throughout the Lancaster County School District who are preparing their classrooms for the first day of school next week.

    Over the last few days, she’s been working on bulletin boards and getting her lesson plans in order. The more you can do on the front end allows the year to get off to a smoother start, she said.

  • Police reports - Aug. 14, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Heath Springs man was arrested on several charges after an Aug. 5 traffic stop on East Meeting Street.

    Erik Carson Horne, 29, 3614 Horne Twitty Road, Heath Springs, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper vehicle license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

  • Groups collecting school supplies

    A number of drives are being held throughout the county to help area children get what they need for the start of school next week.

    Here’s information about a few:

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop began a school supply drive in July that will run through Friday, said shop owner Gonzie Mackey. The target group is from kindergarten through third grade.

  • Breaking News James Bradley dies

    One of Lancaster's most well-known civic, business and education leaders has died.

    James “Jim” Bradley, 92, died Sunday.

    Bradley moved to Lancaster in 1947 and served as an executive for Springs Industries, the former textile giant that was once the leading employer in Lancaster County.

    Bradley was active in the community from the start. He served on the Lancaster Board of Education, during school integration and consolidation.

    For more than 36 years, he dedicated his time and talents to the University of South Carolina.

  • Man dies in wreck near Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The driver of a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup died early Saturday morning after he lost control of his truck on Flint Ridge Road.

    The man, whose name hadn’t been released by The Lancaster News’ Saturday afternoon press time, was traveling east on Flint Ridge Road when he ran off the right side of the road, overturned and was ejected from the pickup, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened at 3 a.m., about 5 miles north of Kershaw.

  • IL library seeks county funds to cover developers' shortfalls

    Lancaster County Council will consider a funding request from the Del Webb Library at Indian Land at its Monday meeting.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library, will ask the county to cover the remainder of construction costs, about $17,000.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this amount was originally expected from developers, but with the decline in the housing market, the developers’ contributions have dropped significantly.

    Band will also give an update on the new library.