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  • Police reports - May 8, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster man was arrested at a local bar on May 1.

    David Michael Faulkenberry, 24, 1121 6th St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

    According to the report, officers on foot patrol at Good Time Charlie’s saw Faulkenberry and knew he had an outstanding arrest warrant. During a search, officers found a silver vial containing six Xanax pills.

    Faulkenberry told officers the pills were his mother’s and he needed to take them to her in the morning, the report said.

  • Funding could help fill S.C. 160 potholes

    For years, motorists have endured busy traffic and numerous potholes on S.C. 160, but new funding could help alleviate some of those concerns.

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission recently approved the use of almost $30 million in federal stimulus funds. The funds will be used for road projects in three of the state’s six Congressional districts.

    The 5th District, which includes Lancaster County, received almost $17.6 million for several road projects, including $1.2 million for the reconstruction of almost a mile of S.C. 160.

  • Filing for open Kershaw seats begins May 4

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s special Town Council election is scheduled for July 21.

    The four council members held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the design of the new Town Hall and election date.

    A special election is needed after the resignations of Tommy Baker as mayor, and his mother, Rose Marie Baker, and Jabo Sims as council members. The Bakers and Sims resigned shortly before council’s April 6 meeting.

    Because more than 180 days are left in each of the terms, a special election is needed.

  • Schools await decision on funds

    Schools officials are hoping to hear word soon on whether it will get a share of the state’s disputed $700 million in federal stimulus money.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, told the school board Tuesday that the district would receive about $5 million of the $700 million in 2009-10.

    Gov. Mark Sanford has said he will accept this money only if the state pays off debt equivalent to the $700 million in federal aid.

  • More people helping HOPE

    Frances Harris has her hands in just about everything at HOPE in Lancaster.

    The Lancaster resident stocks food, places phone calls, does computer work and sometimes serves as a receptionist at the charitable organization that assists with food, rent and utility bills.

    Harris is one of many local residents who have chosen to lend a helping hand to HOPE, which has seen its number of volunteers more than triple over the past two years. Harris has been volunteering at HOPE since January.

    Harris spends a few afternoons each week volunteering at HOPE.

  • Council to discuss budget

    The county’s upcoming budget is one of the main topics slated for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday night.

    Council is slated to discuss and then vote on the first reading to adopt the county’s 2009-10 budget.

  • Sen. Sheheen brings 2010 governor's race to county

    Speaking to a small crowd at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Monday, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen laid out his plan for becoming governor.

    Sheheen, whose District 27 includes precincts in the southern part of Lancaster County, made his first public appearance here since he announced his plans to run for governor in 2010.

    Standing in County Council chambers, he spoke with several Lancaster and Indian Land residents, answering questions about the issues most important to his campaign.

  • Officers probe Family Court bomb threat

    A bomb threat at Lancaster Family Court led to the evacuation of several downtown buildings on Thursday morning.

    Family Court on Catawba Street, along with several law offices and Palmetto Tri-County Medicine were evacuated shortly after 8:30 a.m. when the threat was received.

    Restoration work at the Lancaster County Courthouse also came to a stop as workers were ordered to move away from the building.

  • City Council OKs funds for Artisans Center

    Local artist Christina Chastain is pleased with Tuesday’s decision by Lancaster City Council.

    Council voted unanimously to give the Artisans Center $24,000 for operation costs.

    The money will come from the city’s downtown reserve fund.

    Chastain plans for the Artisans Center to serve as an arena for arts classes, studio space, performances and exhibits that showcase local art.

    It will be housed in the old Badcock furniture store on Main Street.

  • Abused, neglected children focus of network

    A new community network has been established to help abused and neglected children in the county.

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project officially kicked off April 29 at the Department of Social Services (DSS) auditorium on Pageland Highway.

    Members include DSS and Department of Juvenile Justice personnel, law officers, school officials and a long list of other groups and individuals in the community. They will gather resources and support abused and neglected children and their caregivers.