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  • 2 men accused of sex crimes

    Two Lancaster men have been charged with sex crimes against children in cases involving 14- and 15-year-old girls.

    Reuben Douglas “Doug” Cooper, 50, of 2591 Robert H. Kirk Road, has been charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor.

    Brandon Matthew Miller, 28, of 359 Holiday Road, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, lewd act on a minor under 16 and violation of obscenity laws.

  • Precious metals law not so new

    Dealing in precious metals is a hot business.

    But not just anyone can sell gold and silver from just anywhere. It requires a permit from and a background check by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to state law, the permit is required for “any person, corporation or partnership who buys precious metal or precious or semiprecious stones or gems from the general public, whether in bulk or in manufactured form.”

  • Stalled projects cast shadow over City of Light campus

    INDIAN LAND – Just months after celebrating the grand opening of the City of Light in Indian Land, Inspiration Ministries has come under fire from media outlets who are questioning whether the organization is meeting the terms of its development agreement with Lancaster County.

    Articles in Carolina newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, have focused on whether Inspiration Ministries has broken promises to Lancaster County about planned for-profit developments that could have brought jobs and revenue to the area.

  • Woman arrested on arson charge

    The woman accused of setting her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire was arrested May 29.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded to 1118 Second St. on May 23 because of a house fire.

    The resident, Parnell Strain, said his neighbor called him at work and said that his ex-girlfriend, Kirkland, was trying to get inside his home.

  • Habitat names families

    With the help of Habitat for Humanity, two families will soon move into new homes.

    Traci Carnes, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, said two homes her organization has been building on Caskey Lane in Lancaster are almost complete. And after reviewing applications, the local Habitat affiliate has selected two families to move into those homes, which still need work before the families can occupy them.

    “I’m running around smiling,” Carnes said. “It’s finally moving along and I’m so happy.”

  • Graduation 2009 - Lancaster High School

    Lancaster County Memorial Stadium was a dignified sea of blue and gold as about 400 graduates made their way down the bleachers and onto the field Friday night to receive their high school diplomas.

    Families of the graduates came out in droves to see their loved ones get their degrees.

    Principal Dr. Joe Keenan asked the crowd in the stadium to keep down the noise as each graduate’s name was called.

  • Flying on Cloud 9

    INDIAN LAND – Some people fly first class. Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Tom Ragland flies Cloud 9. Literally. Cloud 9 is the hot air balloon that Ragland has flown all over the world for 20 years.    

    “It’s like standing on your deck watching the world float under you,” he said.

  • AJHS to turn the BIG Four-O

    KERSHAW - Plans are being made for a two-day celebration to commemorate Andrew Jackson High School’s 40th anniversary.

    Dale Reeves, the school’s athletics director, is asking alumni to come back to the school Aug. 28, when the Volunteers play Lancaster High School in their first home football contest of the 2009 season.

    At halftime, all of AJ’s past region and state championship teams (football, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and boys and girls basketball) will be honored.

  • Graduation 2009 - Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – Energy and emotion were high as the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 2009 was presented its diplomas early Friday afternoon in the school gym.

    A total of 140 seniors, donning white caps and gowns and caps, took center stage at the ceremony.

    Salutatorian Michael Shirley offered parting words in his address.

  • Paige Duke vies for Miss Hawaiian Tropic

    Modeling comes naturally to Lancaster’s Paige Duke.  

    A former Lancaster High School homecoming queen and recent graduate of Clemson University, Duke began modeling  about four years ago. She has an agent, Creative Management Group (CMG) in Daytona Beach, Fla. Modeling experiences with NASCAR and NHRA (the National Hot Rod Association) have helped prepare her for the role she has now.