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  • Colonial Banquet set for May 2

    GREAT FALLS - Come and experience a banquet that might have been served at a colonial-era tavern at the  annual Colonial Banquet sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.  

    The seventh annual banquet and auction will be held at the Great Falls War Memorial Building on May 2. Proceeds will benefit the work of the GFHTA.

    The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    In the larger cities, elegant taverns served some of the finest food in the colonies.

  • Police reports - April 17, 2009

    According to a Lancaster Police Department report:

    - One person was arrested after police responded to a disturbance at the apartments on Hubbard Drive on April 3.

    Akshar Amin, 18, 1395 Charlotte Highway, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Richard Watson, 19, 502 W. Pine St., Kershaw, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of beer under 21.

    The report said officers heard loud noise coming from the apartments, across from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Breaking NewsKershaw to hold special meeting tonight

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. tonight, April 16, at the Kershaw Recreation Center.

    New business on the meeting agenda includes the Town Hall design. A new Town Hall is under construction now.

    Council members also plan to discuss the town election.

    The town needs to hold a special election after the April 6 resignations of Tommy Baker as mayor, and his mother, Rose Marie Baker, and Jabo Sims as council members.

  • Former Kershaw leaders still not talking about resignations

    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials still aren’t saying anything about why they resigned their posts on Monday.

    “I don’t care to make a comment,” said former mayor Tommy Baker on Thursday. He served the town for four years.

    His mother, Rose Marie Baker, also resigned her post as councilwoman, after serving eight years serving District 2. She’s also not talking.

    “We’re not going to make a comment. There’s just too many things,” she said Thursday.

  • Relay For Life to move to LHS soccer field

    The 2009 Relay For Life will have a new home this year.

    Event co-chairwoman Donna Parsons said the Relay will be held at the Lancaster High School soccer field behind North Elementary School between Stadium Street and Roddey Drive.

    The move, she said, was prompted by construction of a new field house at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.

  • Man, 26, faces two sex charges

    A Lancaster man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at her home.

    Jose Ramon Vela Diaz, 26, of  2116 Thomasville St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with lewd act on a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a woman told deputies that her 7-year-old daughter told her that she saw Diaz rubbing the 12-year-old  girl Saturday.

  • Indian Land ‘eyesore’ is on its way out

    INDIAN LAND – The remnants of several abandoned trailers in Indian Land are being removed, only days after residents complained to Lancaster County Council.

    The cluster of run-down trailers, across from the Gate station on U.S. 521, had attracted significant attention over the last few weeks, as residents and passers-by watched a team of workers tear portions of the trailers apart.

    At first, many believed they were part of a construction crew hired to haul the trailers away.

  • Sheriff’s office: Don’t be a victim of lottery scam

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is sending out the age-old reminder: If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

    Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has received calls about a lottery scam going out through the mail.

    “This kind of thing has been going on for a while,” Belk said. “We have some people who have actually sent money to these folks.”

    A Lancaster woman reported to the sheriff’s office that she received a letter notifying her that she had won $150,000 in a lottery draw in Canada.

  • Crime-watch group meets in Lancaster tonight

    Concerned residents and local officials are joining forces to address crime in the city of Lancaster.

    City Councilwoman Tamara Green has organized a new group called the Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, or LAPS, that will meet regularly to talk about crime and related concerns.

    LAPS will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the main branch of the Lancaster County Library.

    The group’s first meeting is tonight.

  • County Council to discuss relocating Roy Hardin Park

    Lancaster County Council will consider a request to relocate Roy Hardin Park at its meeting Monday.

    York Development Group LLC has requested an exchange of property from where the park is now, near Collins Road in Indian Land, to an area one street over, near Shelly Mullis Road.

    There are 2 acres of usable park space, out of a total 9.9 acres, and the company has requested moving the park to develop the land in another way.