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  • Officials quiet on slaying death

     Authorities still aren’t releasing much information about a shooting that left a Lancaster man dead last week.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Tuesday that autopsy results have come back on the body of Larry Curtis Duncan, 26, who was fatally shot and found lying in the front yard of a North Willowlake Road home early Friday.  

    However, Morris said he would not disclose the cause of death or any related information because the shooting remains under heavy investigation.

  • City won't fund center

    Lancaster City Council decided not to provide funding for a center named after a  council member who died last year, though it’s planning to honor him in another way.

    Council discussed Tuesday the $77,950 that had been requested for the Preston Blackmon Family Success & Career Center, which opened earlier  this year.

    Blackmon served on City Council more than 30 years. He was the city’s first black police officer and the second black elected to City Council. He died Aug. 2, 2008, at age 82.

  • State UMC passes Paulson's slavery resolution

    INDIAN LAND – About two years ago, while Bob Paulson was on vacation, he began reading a book that would soon change his life.

    Paulson, an Indian Land resident and editor of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Decision magazine, was reading a book called “Terrify No More” about the issue of human trafficking.

    The book detailed the efforts of the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that deals with slavery and oppression around the world, and was written by that organization’s president Gary A. Haugen.

  • Boys shot at on Miller Street

    A 12-year-old boy told Lancaster police he was shot at Wednesday afternoon while walking home on Miller Street.

    The boy said he and two other boys were walking between Sycamore Run Apartments and Miller Grove Apartments about 7:20 p.m. when gunshots were fired from a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The shots came from a back-seat passenger, who appeared to be aiming at the Miller Grove Apartments office building, the boy told police.

  • County looks for deputy administrator

    As Lancaster County Administrator, Steve Willis is often swamped with more duties than he can handle during a normal work week. Sometimes, he works seven straight days without a break.

    That’s why he asked for some help.

    “(County) Council had been talking about adding a deputy administrator for quite some time,” Willis said. “From a personal standpoint, my wife would tell me she would like to see me at home on the weekends and after church. Just the amount of paperwork, trying to stay in control, that’s the biggest thing for me.”

  • Heath Springs considers raising water, sewer rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – The water system in Heath Springs has undergone many improvements over the past several years, improving water service to residents.

    Many of the improvements, which include the installation of modern water lines, have been grant funded.

    But that doesn’t come without a cost to the small town – the grants in most cases need matches from Heath Springs.

    During Town Council’s July 21 meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor said the town has committed to spending $378,322 of its own money.

  • Woman left with just a tent

    VAN WYCK – When Rosemary Fann lost her husband, Randy, in early 2007, little did she know that two years later she’d lose her home as well.

    Fann, 61, used to live in a trailer off Van Wyck Road in Van Wyck. Set back from the road and nestled beneath several trees, the Fanns lived there for nine years.

    The property holds several memories for her, from the bountiful garden full of cucumbers and pumpkins that grew in her backyard, to the ramp her husband built for her after health concerns made it difficult for her to climb the stairs.

  • Eddins family donates 21 acres to land trust

    Sara and Mack Eddins of Lancaster have donated 21 acres to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The property, intersected by Plantation Road, is located at the confluence of Gills and Bear Creek.

    The tract runs 2,100 feet along Bear Creek, which flows into Cane Creek and then into the Catawba River. It is comprised of bottomland hardwoods, including sycamore, sweetgum, hackberry and red maple.

  • Bust yields $87,000 in pot at Richburg Waffle House

    RICHBURG – Chester County drug agents arrested a Charlotte man over the weekend who they say was carrying a significant amount of marijuana.

    Luis Roberto-Bororquez Ventura, 29, of 6616 Rollingridge Road, Charlotte, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Waffle House in Richburg.

    The Chester County drug team was working with the State Law Enforcement Division and had received a tip from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office that Ventura would be in the area and possibly holding an illegal substance.

  • Out of the ashes: One year later

    Local historian Lindsay Pettus remembers his reaction when he was called with the news that the historic Lancaster County Courthouse was on fire.

    “I cried,” Pettus said on Friday. “It was just devastating. When I rode down here and saw the immensity of it and saw the flames shooting out of the roof, it really struck home. The most historic building in Lancaster County was on fire.”

    Firefighters and law enforcement officers responded to the fire about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 4, 2008.