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  • Red Cross gets $5,000 to replace stolen trailer

    Help came much sooner than expected for the local American Red Cross.

    About a week after someone stole the organization’s mobile trailer, the group has received a donation to replace it.

    York Electric Cooperative Inc. is giving the Lancaster area Red Cross $5,000 to buy a new trailer. The trailer holds sleeping cots, tables and other items used when responding to fires and other emergencies.

  • County ranks 3rd in population growth

    Lancaster County is the third-fastest growing county in the state, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The results are part of a study conducted by the Census Bureau on population changes of South Carolina counties between July 2007 and July 2008.

    Lancaster County grew by 2,375 residents within that year, a growth of 3.2 percent. The county’s new estimated population is 75,913, up from 73,538 in 2007.

  • Stimulus money to fund road projects

    With the S.C. Department of Transportation receiving more than $400 million in federal stimulus funding, several Lancaster County roads are now slated for much-needed resurfacing.

    But the fate of other county road projects is still undecided.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said three road projects have received money from the stimulus bill approved by Congress last month.

    The money will allow for the roads to be repaved.

  • County native named chief public defender

    Lancaster native Mike Lifsey has been named the first circuit-wide public defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit.

    The state implemented a circuit-wide public defender system last year, and the 6th Circuit was the last to implement it.

    The 6th Circuit was not intended to get it immediately, but a lawsuit from the Lancaster County Bar Association stalled the process here.

    Before now, public and indigent defense in the three counties in the circuit have been handled by their own public defender.

  • GOP reorganizes precincts

    INDIAN LAND – More than 30 people met Thursday at the Indian Land Recreation Center to begin reorganizing the Lancaster County Republican Party.

    The reorganization meeting focused on electing new officers and delegates for all four Indian Land precincts: Pleasant Valley I and II and Belair I and II. Residents broke up into four groups and nominated people for three positions: precinct president, committee representative and secretary. Several people were elected.

  • Police reports - March 22

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

    – Twenty-four mailboxes were damaged or destroyed on Hillcrest Avenue between midnight and about 7:45 a.m. March 17. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

    – A John Deere lawn mower was taken from the yard of a Cimmeron Road home between 4 p.m. March 16 and 9:30 a.m. March 17. The lawn mower has a 46-inch cutting deck and a flat back tire. It is valued at $2,500.

    If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-4136.

  • AJ birthday party Saturday

    The sounds of choirs and the blasts of black powder guns will reverberate across Andrew Jackson State Park during its annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration on Saturday.

    The event, which commemorates Andrew Jackson’s birthday on March 15, has been an annual tradition at the park since the 1950s.

    Laura Ledford, the park’s interpretive ranger, said the event usually attracts between 500 and 1,000 visitors, and she expects a similar crowd this year.

  • Police reports " January 18, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    " Someone broke into an apartment on Sumter Street between 9:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 2:47 a.m. Jan. 10.

    The residents left the home and returned to find that their 32-inch Samsung TV, Xbox 360 game system, two video games and three movies were taken from the home. There were no signs of forced entry to the home.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    " Virgil Clyde Womack, 27, 1821 High Point Circle, was charged with assault and battery and resisting arrest.

  • Police reports - March 11, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department reports:

    - Derik Joel Munguia, 24, 708 Woodland Drive, was charged March 1 with trafficking cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.

  • MagicMasters wow Lancaster crowd

    One Harlem MagicMasters player jumped so high while making a dunk he was able to put his feet on the backboard.

    He also finished a slam by pulling his head through the rim.

    It was an act that many people in the audience had never seen before, but Thursday night was full of jaw-dropping hardwood moves and humorous stunts as the Harlem MagicMasters came to Lancaster.

    The MagicMasters, who play an entertaining, flashy brand of basketball, competed against the Lancaster Fatherhood Project Dream Team at Lancaster High School.