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  • Lottery introducing new games to play

    You may have heard that a convenience store in Indian Land recently sold a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million.

    While that may have generated interest among Lancaster County residents, officials with the S.C. Education Lottery want enthusiasm to remain high throughout the state.

    That’s why lottery representatives are going around South Carolina talking to groups about how much money the lottery has generated, how it is allocated and new products and games to look out for.

    They stopped by The Lancaster News office last week.

  • Woman stabbed at nightclub

    A Lancaster woman was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after a stabbing at a Twilight Road nightclub shortly before midnight Monday.

    Deputies were called to Club 273 because of a stabbing and gunshots fired there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    Deputies were flagged down by a woman in the parking lot of nearby Cook’s Transmission shop. She was there with the victim, who was lying in the parking lot. The stabbing victim’s clothes were covered in blood, the report said.

  • Police reports - April 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster woman was arrested on a drug charge after police received a complaint about drug activity in the West Barr Street area.

    Crystal Darnell Thomas, 37, 1429 Grace Ave., was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Officers saw a truck near Westside Cemetery, the report said. Officers were familiar with the truck and knew the owner of the vehicle frequents drug areas, the report said.

  • Colonial Banquet set for May 2

    GREAT FALLS - Come and experience a banquet that might have been served at a colonial-era tavern at the  annual Colonial Banquet sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.  

    The seventh annual banquet and auction will be held at the Great Falls War Memorial Building on May 2. Proceeds will benefit the work of the GFHTA.

    The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    In the larger cities, elegant taverns served some of the finest food in the colonies.

  • Police reports - April 17, 2009

    According to a Lancaster Police Department report:

    - One person was arrested after police responded to a disturbance at the apartments on Hubbard Drive on April 3.

    Akshar Amin, 18, 1395 Charlotte Highway, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Richard Watson, 19, 502 W. Pine St., Kershaw, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of beer under 21.

    The report said officers heard loud noise coming from the apartments, across from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Breaking NewsKershaw to hold special meeting tonight

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. tonight, April 16, at the Kershaw Recreation Center.

    New business on the meeting agenda includes the Town Hall design. A new Town Hall is under construction now.

    Council members also plan to discuss the town election.

    The town needs to hold a special election after the April 6 resignations of Tommy Baker as mayor, and his mother, Rose Marie Baker, and Jabo Sims as council members.

  • Former Kershaw leaders still not talking about resignations

    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials still aren’t saying anything about why they resigned their posts on Monday.

    “I don’t care to make a comment,” said former mayor Tommy Baker on Thursday. He served the town for four years.

    His mother, Rose Marie Baker, also resigned her post as councilwoman, after serving eight years serving District 2. She’s also not talking.

    “We’re not going to make a comment. There’s just too many things,” she said Thursday.

  • Relay For Life to move to LHS soccer field

    The 2009 Relay For Life will have a new home this year.

    Event co-chairwoman Donna Parsons said the Relay will be held at the Lancaster High School soccer field behind North Elementary School between Stadium Street and Roddey Drive.

    The move, she said, was prompted by construction of a new field house at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.

  • Man, 26, faces two sex charges

    A Lancaster man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at her home.

    Jose Ramon Vela Diaz, 26, of  2116 Thomasville St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with lewd act on a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a woman told deputies that her 7-year-old daughter told her that she saw Diaz rubbing the 12-year-old  girl Saturday.

  • Indian Land ‘eyesore’ is on its way out

    INDIAN LAND – The remnants of several abandoned trailers in Indian Land are being removed, only days after residents complained to Lancaster County Council.

    The cluster of run-down trailers, across from the Gate station on U.S. 521, had attracted significant attention over the last few weeks, as residents and passers-by watched a team of workers tear portions of the trailers apart.

    At first, many believed they were part of a construction crew hired to haul the trailers away.