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Today's News

  • Police reports – Jan. 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Kentavious McKenzie Caldwell, 22, 1005 Sara Drive, was charged Dec. 25 with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and loud music violation.

    An officer stopped the burgundy Oldsmobile that Caldwell was driving because the music was too loud and he failed to dim the bright lights for opposing traffic, the report said.

  • Gingerbread house contest sweet, but fierce

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School hosted a fierce competition Dec. 18. It wasn’t academic or athletic; it was gingerbread.

    Teams of teachers from throughout the school participated in a gingerbread house design competition, with students determining the winner.

    Principal David McDonald said the activity was a team-building exercise that was also a nice way to energize the staff in the closing weeks of the term.

  • Faile takes sheriff’s oath

    Former Lancaster County Sheriff Williford Faile has watched his son grow from a boy to man.

    His son, Barry Faile, stepped into a new position that may have made his father most proud.

    The younger Faile was sworn in Friday morning as the county’s new sheriff.

    He succeeds Johnny Cauthen, who announced his retirement last year.

    Elected officials and law officers from at least five different counties were among those who filled Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

  • Solicitor expects budget cuts

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield is expecting budget cuts in 2009.

    “Like every other government, we have budget cuts,” Barfield said. “It seems like every other week, we’re getting hit with another budget cut.”

    Barfield said his office weathered two budget cuts within the fiscal year, and just heard plans for another 7 percent cut to come soon. The bulk of the funding for his office goes to staff salaries, but so far he hasn’t had to lay off any employees.

    “We certainly want to keep people working,” he said.

  • Passing through one more time

    From a courthouse fire and the nastiest local political race I can recall in my life (the state Senate 16 seat), to hard times, lost jobs and $4 a gallon gas, no one can deny that we had our share of serious issues to deal with in 2008.

    But, we also saw circumstances that bring out the best in folks.

  • Budget is county’s ‘800-pound gorilla’

    The new year will likely not be a year for new programs or employees for Lancaster County.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said residents will see a lot of construction on Main Street, as the construction of a $33 million courthouse gets under way.

    Renovations will also be done at the 180-year-old historic courthouse on the same site. The historic courthouse was burned in August, and it could be turned into a museum.

    But for the most part, the county will spend 2009 grappling with budgetary woes.

  • Basket Fund nears $16,000

    As the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund entered its fifth week, the total amount collected for local families has reached almost $16,000.

    The fund has collected $356 since Dec. 23, bringing the total amount collected to $15,751, which easily surpasses last year’s total of $9,250.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, which is spearheading the charity drive for the first time this year, said the response has been impressive. She expects the final tally will exceed $16,000.

  • Feed are farm store catered to gardeners and wannabees, too

    Years ago, when my wife and I were considerably younger (and physically able), much of our free time was spent landscaping and keeping up the huge fields around our home.

    In fact, once upon a time, when we just about had them tamed thanks to our frequent Saturday morning visits to Lancaster Feed and Farm Supply.

    Nestled down at the low end of South Market Street across from Jacob’s Hollow, the “feed and farm” and neighboring International Harvester Farmall Tractor place were local landmarks that many of us visited on a regular basis.

  • After 18 years, Curry stepping down from City Council

    After 18 years, Audrey Curry will be stepping down from Lancaster City Council in January.

    Although he was hoping to serve at least another four years on council, he’s taking it all in stride.

    “I’m a big guy. I can get over it and get through it,” Curry said. “It’s on to the next adventure.”

    Curry, who has represented District 3 since January 1991, was defeated by Linda Blackmon-Brace during November’s general election. She will be sworn in on Jan. 7.

  • Santa’s visit welcome

    INDIAN LAND – “Thank you, Santa,” said Jeremy Ashe, after watching his three children open their stockings from the man in the big red suit on Christmas Eve.

    The Ashes were one of nearly 20 Indian Land families visited by Santa in his annual ride with members of the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire departments.

    Ashe’s family is like many in the area who have had a challenging year in the tough economy and needed a little extra help with Christmas.