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  • Six men face drug conspiracy charges

    A federal grand jury has charged six Lancaster men in a drug conspiracy dating back to 2004.

    According to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the six men “knowingly and intentionally did combine, conspire, agree and have tacit understanding with each other and with others ... to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base (commonly known as crack cocaine).”

    The conspiracy involved 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the indictment.

  • Carnival, Boo Fest on Saturday bill

    With Halloween on a Saturday night this year, there will be plenty of things for kids in Lancaster to do this year.

    One big event is Lancaster County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween carnival, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road. Admission is $3 per child and parents are free.

    There will be costume contests for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, a baby costume contest and a dog costume contest.

  • Police reports - Oct. 30, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster woman was arrested on a drug charge after police responded to a call about an intoxicated person at a South Market Street home on Oct. 23.

    Brenda Carol Sims, 42, 2488 Sims Drive, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, public drunkenness and open consumption of alcohol.

  • Mulvaney to run for Congress?

    Mick Mulvaney was just settling in to his first year as the District 16 state senator when he started thinking about another way to represent the residents of South Carolina.

    Mulvaney, 42, a Republican whose senate district includes parts of Lancaster and York counties, is now considering taking on U.S. Rep. John Spratt in the 5th District race next year. Spratt, a Democrat from York, was first elected to the seat in 1982.

    Mulvaney, a businessman who lives in Indian Land, was elected to the state Senate a year ago after completing one term in the state House.

  • Benefit set for child fighting cancer

    HEATH SPRINGS – Motorcyclists are coming together this weekend to raise money for a 2-year-old with cancer.

    Cotton Pate has organized the Cruisin’ for Chase ride on Saturday to benefit Chase Gordon. The ride is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Carolinas Biker Ministries.

    Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the church, with the first bikes out at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for a single rider, and $25 for two-up bikes. The cost includes the Cruisin’ for Chase T-shirt.

  • Entries sought for vets parade

    Now that the route has been established and other kinks worked out, organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are primarily concerned about participation.

    Linda Blackmon, Lancaster County Veterans Affairs officer, said registration has been considerably low thus far for the Nov. 7 parade. She believes a lot of people have been hesitant to commit amidst concern that the event would not happen.

    Due to construction of the new courthouse and new statewide guidelines regarding parades and festivals, organizers have been forced to change their plans.

  • What does agreement mean?

    On Tuesday, Red Ventures, an Internet marketing and sales company, announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land.

    As part of its relocation, the company plans on investing more than $20 million in a facility at the 521 Corporate Park, just north of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160. It also intends to bring 1,000 new jobs to the county within five to seven years.

  • Hot dog benefit to raise funds to help deputy

    Law enforcement officers and firefighters are coming together Friday to help a fellow officer in need.

    The Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and The Sworn Few Motorcycle Club are sponsoring a hot dog lunch for Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy John Jost.

    Jost, 54, was diagnosed two weeks ago with a brain tumor, said Kristen Grant, president of Sworn Few.

    He will undergo surgery to remove the tumor, which is pressing on his optic nerve and causing vision problems, Thursday.

  • Heath Springs man faces multiple burglary charges

    A Heath Springs man is in jail, charged with three September burglaries.

    Olen Dean Easler II, 29, of 3582 Stoneboro Road, is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Easler is linked to a burglary at a Woodland Drive home in Lancaster on Sept. 11, during which a safe and cash were taken.

    The safe contained cash and coins, three car titles, a deed to the home and a will. Another $1,400 in cash was taken from a jewelry box.

  • Funds being sought to clean former Lancaster Mill site

    Lancaster County Council is considering the benefits of a grant that could clean up the site of Springs Industries’ former Lancaster Plant.

    Federal brownfields grant funds are being sought from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the county would partner with the city of Lancaster on the project,  County Administrator Steve Willis said.