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  • Thomas to be sworn in as magistrate

    Fred Thomas will be sworn in as a magistrate Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    The ceremony will be held at the Lancaster County Temporary Justice Center on S.C. 9 (the former Wamsutta store across from the old Grace Complex).

    Thomas, 45, is stepping down from County Council to take the job. He will take the post left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    He was nominated to the position by state Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16 and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27. He was confirmed by the state Senate.

  • Council OKs funding for call center

    County Council unanimously approved funding Monday for a call center training program that could attract call centers to the county.

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, appeared before council Monday to request $75,000 in funding from the county. The proposed workforce readiness training program would prepare area residents for jobs in the call center industry.

  • Sign your children up now for arts and science camps

    If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give your children a new learning experience, sign up for one of four arts and sciences camps offered by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    Organizers say camp registration is down so far this summer.

    The camps will be held July 13-17 in Lancaster at First United Methodist Church; July 20-24 in Indian Land at Bel Air United Methodist Church; July 27-31 in Kershaw at First Baptist Church; and Aug. 3-7 in Buford at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

  • Put safety first when handling fireworks

    If you are going to shoot off fireworks, here are some suggestions from safety organizations:

    • Only use fireworks outdoors.

    • Obey state and local laws.

    • Always have water handy with a hose or buckets of water. If water is not available, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Have a cell phone nearby and call the local fire department quickly if fire breaks out.

    • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them.

    • Use a Pyrotorch rather than lighters, matches or punks to light fireworks.

  • Getting ready for Fourth of July fun

    For many South Carolinians, it’s not the Fourth of July until something goes boom.

    And with most fireworks legal in the state, residents are often on the hunt this time of year for items such as ground spinners, sparklers, mortars and roman candles.

  • Man gets 15 years for sex charge

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl four years ago.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Lyman Lester Hughes, 66, to 15 years in prison on Friday.

    Hughes pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act upon a minor on Monday, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo. Mingo prosecutes sex crimes for the solicitor’s office.

  • Council accepts Legacy Park roads

    A vote to accept a neighborhood’s roads into the county system turned into a debate on whether to stop accepting roads altogether at Monday night’s County Council meeting.

    Residents from Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood packed the council chambers hoping their roads would finally be accepted into the county.

  • Police reports - June 28, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge June 25 after a police officer saw the man trying to hide something under his shirt.

    Timothy Jackson, 49, 314 N. Hughes St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance and open consumption violation.

  • Girl, 11, dies in wreck in Kershaw County

    KERSHAW – A 11-year-old Kershaw girl was killed in a crash in Kershaw County, and her grandparents were hurt and taken to a Columbia hospital.

    Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Maghan Bowers, 11, died of head injuries in the crash.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bowers was a passenger in a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by her grandmother, Nancy Hendrix.

    The crash happened about 4:55 p.m. Wednesday on Payne Road, about 11 miles east of Camden, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson.

  • Uncovering the past

    ROCK HILL – A crowd of more than 40 history buffs packed the auditorium at the Museum of York County recently hoping to learn more about recent discoveries about the old Catawba Indian Nation.

    University of North Carolina archaeologists Drs. Brett Riggs and Stephen Davis transported the crowd of anxious explorers back to the days of the Old Catawba Indian Nation using artifacts they’ve uncovered.

    The two have been excavating sites in both York and Lancaster counties for more than six years.