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  • City Council weighs fairness of police fitness testing

    What should be required physically of law enforcement officials? How fit and in shape do you expect your local police officers to be? And to what standards should they be held?

    Those questions and more were asked Tuesday when Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White updated City Council members on the police department’s physical abilities test.

    In May 2008, council unanimously voted to allow White to implement the testing program, which consists of an obstacle course that all officers are asked to complete in 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

  • Police reports - June 26, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Construction materials were stolen from Haddington and Allendale drives in Indian Land between June 15 and 18.

    Lumber, a window, a Kenmore dishwasher and a Kenmore microwave were stolen from three homes under construction. The materials and appliances have a total value of $1,275.

    • Someone broke into an Ernest Scott Road home in Kershaw between June 13 and June 23 and stole a 1.25-carat diamond ring.

  • Residents express shock in Sanford revelation

    Over grits, biscuits and coffee at Leigh Anne’s Restaurant on Thursday morning, residents expressed shock and disappointment about Gov. Mark Sanford’s announcement that he had an affair with a woman in Argentina.

    “I’m disappointed,” Trish Hinson said. “I think he should resign.”

    Like so many other South Carolinians, Hinson said she was shocked when she heard the news Wednesday.

    “I didn’t know what to think,” she said.

  • Family rescued after getting stranded on island in Catawba

    A family of four was rescued early Saturday morning after their canoes capsized in the Catawba River.

    Johnny Campbell, communications officer for the Lancaster County Rescue Squad, said the family, which included a husband and wife and their children, ages 17 and 9, had set out for a weekend camping trip.

    Traveling in two canoes, the family was attempting to reach a barrier island in the Landsford Canal area, but encountered problems after traveling through some rapids.

    “They got tangled up in the rapids and flipped over,” Campbell said.

  • New graduate shot in chest not long after LHS ceremony

    A Lancaster teen was shot early Saturday morning on South Main Street, just hours after graduating from Lancaster High School.

    Todd Talford, 18, of 306 McCardell St., was taken to a Charlotte hospital after being shot in the center of his chest while at Crenco Food Store.

    His condition was unavailable at press time Saturday.

    Talford and his cousin were sitting in a parked Chrysler LeBaron about 1:30 a.m. when they heard “gunshots coming from everywhere,” the cousin told police in a statement.

  • Adult education students graduate from program

    Tameeka Stevens was greeted with hugs and cheers from family members and other loved ones at her graduation May 27.

    Stevens was elated about completing the Lancaster County School District’s adult education program and earning her GED (General Educational Development), but she was sad because a close friend wasn’t alive to see it.

    Stevens’ best friend, Lashuntaya Hall, was killed in a car accident two years ago. Before then, Stevens pledged to her that she was going to earn her diploma.

    She considered Hall her main source of motivation.

  • County Council honors Lady Jackets

    Smiling as the crowd gave them a standing ovation, the Buford High Lady Jackets were honored by Lancaster County Council on Monday.

    The team made history May 20 when it completed a two-game sweep of the Johnsonville Lady Flashes to win Buford High’s first-ever Class A state softball championship.

    Council Chairman Fred Thomas and Councilman Cotton Cole were present for the historic win.

    Thomas said it was “an incredible game.”

  • Hepburn overcomes tragedy to excel

    The future looks bright for Lancaster High School graduate Josh Hepburn, who had to work hard to overcome a family tragedy that once had him very angry at the world.

    His parents split up when he was about 5, leaving his mother, Gwendolyn, alone to raise him and his two brothers.

    Because of back problems, his mother could no longer work and was struggling to provide for the family, Josh said.

    She stopped disciplining the boys, leaving them to roam and do whatever they chose. Josh  said he began stealing cigarettes and starting small fires.

  • Palmetto Homeschool students hold graduation

    Even though they’ve never shared a classroom, Andrew Harwell and Allison Meadows shared the graduation stage Saturday.

    As students involved with the Palmetto Homeschool Association, both Harwell and Meadows were scheduled to attend their official graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday.

    But unlike most other graduating high school classes, these students come from across the state.

    Harwell hails from Fort Mill, while Meadows is from Gaston.

  • Graduation 2009 - Carolina Christian Academy

    The three graduates at Carolina Christian Academy each spoke of how faith and hard work have carried them this far in life, while a special guest shared some key points for continued success in the future.

    Chad Connelly, author of “Freedom Tide,” gave the commencement address at CCA’s May 29 graduation in the school’s gymtorium. Connelly is the founder and president of the Foundation for American Restoration.