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  • See Lancaster announces winners of Trivia Trek

    The Lancaster Downtown Business Association and See Lancaster have announced the winners from the city of Lancaster’s newest event, the Red Rose Trivia Trek.

    Children and their parents strolled through the historic downtown area in search of participating businesses identified by clusters of red balloons in front of the stores at the April 11 event.

    Answers to specific questions were identified at each location and recorded on each child’s personal answer sheet.

  • Two arrested in Rope Lane home invasion

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion on Rope Lane on Sunday night in which a man and woman were tied up.

    Reuben Timothy Curry, 24, of 1177 Shiloh Drive, and Tyrone Johnson Jr., 19, of Rock Hill, were arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and were in possession of two stolen vehicles, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office attorney Tom Holland.

    Warrants from Lancaster County are pending, Holland said. The men will be charged with first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

  • City discusses Taylor Street drainage problem; confirms zoning for ALDI

    City officials are discussing what can be done to fix water drainage problems on Taylor Street.

    Public works director Jerry Crockett told City Council last week that his department has spent a lot of time trying to identify the source of the water, which accumulates on the western side of the street.

    The S.C. Department of Transportation made a berm to help the water drain into a nearby creek. Though it gave the water somewhere to go, it did not stop the accumulation, City Administrator Helen Sowell said.

  • County GOP to have its convention on April 21

    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold its 2009 convention April 21 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.  

    The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

    Speakers scheduled to appear will be local GOP elected officials: Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R-District 16), Rep. Deborah Long (R-District 45) and District 1 County Council Larry McCullough.  

    Karen Floyd, a candidate for the chair of the state GOP, will also be in attendance.

  • Jobless rate dips slightly in March

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate fell slightly to 18 percent in March, down 0.3 percent from February.

    The county is tied with Bamberg County with the sixth-highest unemployment rate in the state, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Lancaster County had a labor force of 29,626 in March, and 5,342 of those people were unemployed during the month, according to statistics from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

  • 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.