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  • Police reports - Sept. 13, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Someone called in a bomb threat to the police department at about 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9.

    The report said a call came into the 911 center at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told a dispatcher that the police department would blow up. The caller, whom the dispatcher said sounded like a young black man, then hung up.

    Officers searched the police department and found nothing suspicious, the report said.

  • Time to Celebrate Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Residents of Van Wyck are busy preparing for the 11th annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival.  

    Residents work together to make the festival happen, said Ollie Bass, president of the Van Wyck Community Development Club, which sponsors the event.

    The 2009 festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a presentation of the colors by the Indian Land High School JROTC color guard. There will also be an invocation and the national anthem will be played.

    Gene Reinhardt will have 15 or more games and activities for the children.

  • Spinners coming to town Aug. 29

    We were so excited to see The Spinners kick off the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster that we jumped the gun.

    The concert is Aug. 29, not Saturday as reported in Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

    The other information in the story was right. The only thing that’s wrong was the date.

    Peggy Little, See Lancaster director, was very understanding over the snafu.

  • Firm picked to do inspecting testing at new courthouse

    A firm has been chosen to perform testing services for Lancaster County’s new courthouse.

    County Council’s finance committee met Wednesday to discuss consultant proposals that had been submitted for special work on the new courthouse.

    The committee includes council members Rudy Carter, Larry Honeycutt and Jack Estridge. Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders is serving as project consultant and is overseeing construction.

  • Support sought for women's resource center

    Iris Hinckley has a vision, and she’s rallying women from the community who share it and want to make it a reality.

    Her vision? To establish a resource center for the women of Lancaster County.

    On Aug. 13, about 25 women gathered at Charley’s Cafe in downtown Lancaster to hear about her vision.

    “Our goal is to prepare women to be a cut above in the job search market,” Hinckley said.

  • Woman robbed, tied up while home alone

    Sheriff’s deputies are looking for four men they say committed a home invasion on Springhill Church Road in the Tradesville community on Sunday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a woman said she was packing up her car preparing to leave for college on Monday and then sat down to eat about 9:30 p.m.

  • Training for the trainers

    Snap, crackle, pow.

    Those were the sounds at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center as officers from three states honed their Taser skills Thursday.

    Twenty-two officers – which included sheriff’s deputies, police officers, military police and security officers from the Carolinas and Georgia – practiced firing Tasers at the center, which is normally the site of more staid banquets and other community gatherings.

  • UW to hold Second Chance Prom fundraiser

     INDIAN LAND – As part of the 2009-10 campaign kickoff, the United Way of Lancaster County will hold a Second Chance Prom fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land.

    The prom will feature a dance-off contest, with a $300 grand prize.

    A prom king and queen will crowned, while light refreshments will be served and prom portraits taken. There will be a cash bar, a live disc jockey, and, of course, dancing.  

    The cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited.

  • Road work continues downtown

    Road improvements continue to be made throughout the city of Lancaster – the most recent on Market and Barr streets.

    S.C. Department of Transportation selected those streets as part of its yearly pool of roads it would resurface, said Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director.

    The project extends from the 900th block of Market Street to Barr Street, ending at Main Street.

    Portions of Springdale Road are also being resurfaced.

  • State of the Community breakfast slated for Aug. 25

    Wachovia Bank will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    The breakfast event will provide a venue for elected officials from the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and the Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on current activities and challenges their branch of government is facing.

    Officials will highlight the previous year’s work and outline plans for the upcoming year.