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  • School begins here Monday

    Anna Blackmon smiled when talking about starting the second grade.

    As she stood by her parents at North Elementary School’s orientation Thursday, she appeared eager to begin another year. Her mother, Melody Blackmon, said it’s the comfort she has with her teacher that’s makes her at ease.

    Anna’s new teacher, David Warren, worked with her during a camp over the summer. The two have already established a good rapport.

  • New idea for Edenmoor property

    INDIAN LAND – Daune Gardner is hoping a partnership between Lancaster and Union counties could bring thousands of jobs to the area.

    Gardner, the mayor of Waxhaw, in Union County, N.C., is looking to forge a deal that would create a research park on land in both counties.

    Gardner laid out her plan at last week’s Indian Land Rotary Club meeting, speaking to several members of the community. At the meeting, she explained how the idea formed and how a research park could benefit members of both counties.

  • Two men shot in separate incidents

    Two people have been released from the hospital after being shot in separate incidents over the last few days.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies say Dabney Rorie, 16, was shot by his brother, Jeremy, on Thursday night at their home at 1413 Carmel Road.

    Jeremy E. Rorie, 23, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    A neighbor called authorities after hearing multiple gunshots and finding two bullets holes in the front of his home, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments on Monday after receiving a call about a stove falling on someone.

    The report said when officers arrived, they saw a naked 3-year-old boy standing on the sidewalk being treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services for burns on his face, shoulder, stomach, thigh and groin area.

    Inside the apartment, officers noted that the stove was tipped over, and there was chicken and cooking grease on the floor.

  • Dawkins honored with her own day

    Debra Dawkins remembers a day in 1987 when her father’s tractor was on fire.

    Worried he was injured, Dawkins raced to the scene to find the Elgin Fire Department putting out the fire and a man helping her father.

    That man was Rudy Carter, current chairman of Lancaster County Council.

    Now more than 20 years later, Carter was again present on another important day in Dawkins’ life. Dawkins, who has served as a county magistrate judge since 1999, was honored by Carter and other county employees at her retirement party Friday afternoon.

  • Jobless rate up slightly in county

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate in June increased slightly from May to 19.1 percent. That amounts to almost 1 in 5 people here being considered unemployed.

    The increase in June was by 0.7 percent, according to the latest figure from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    The county now has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in South Carolina.

    Allendale County had the highest jobless rate in June at 23.5 percent.

    Neighboring Chester County had the third-highest jobless rate at 21.9 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from May.

  • Police reports - Aug. 16, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after a traffic stop on Palmetto Street on Aug. 8.

    Lynneil Nicoel Funder-burk, 29, 998 Winston Drive, was charged with possession of marijuana and violation of learner’s permit.

    The report said an officer stopped Funderburk because the truck he was driving had a burned out brake light.

  • New school year begins Monday

    Kelly Davis is a little disappointed that her summer vacation is about over, but said she is honestly more excited about starting another school year.

    Davis, who teaches kindergarten at Indian Land Elementary School, is one of several hundred teachers throughout the Lancaster County School District who are preparing their classrooms for the first day of school next week.

    Over the last few days, she’s been working on bulletin boards and getting her lesson plans in order. The more you can do on the front end allows the year to get off to a smoother start, she said.

  • Police reports - Aug. 14, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Heath Springs man was arrested on several charges after an Aug. 5 traffic stop on East Meeting Street.

    Erik Carson Horne, 29, 3614 Horne Twitty Road, Heath Springs, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper vehicle license and operating an uninsured vehicle.

  • Groups collecting school supplies

    A number of drives are being held throughout the county to help area children get what they need for the start of school next week.

    Here’s information about a few:

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop began a school supply drive in July that will run through Friday, said shop owner Gonzie Mackey. The target group is from kindergarten through third grade.