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  • Man, 56, accused of raping girl

    A Lancaster County man has been jailed and released after being accused of raping a local girl last month.

    Robert "Beau" Allen, 56, of 411 Old Camden Monroe Road, was charged Friday with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    Allen is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on Jan. 12, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    The girl later told her parents, who reported the incident to the sheriff's office on Jan. 28.

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  • Lady Bruins stun Stallions

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins made their final regular-season showing in the LHS gym for the 2007-08 campaign one to remember.

    The Lady Bruins, playing tough from opening tip to final horn, notched a 51-45 Region III-AAAA basketball win over South Pointe of Rock Hill on Tuesday night.

    SPHS was ranked No. 7 in the latest statewide girls’ basketball poll.

    The Lancaster girls' victory gave LHS a split after South Pointe prevailed in the nightcap, 70-58.

    The Lady Bruins' win, which handed South Pointe its first region loss this season, came on LHS Senior Night.

  • AARP again offering residents free tax help - Included Printable tax documents

    AARP is again offering its free service this year to elderly and low- to moderate-income earners in Lancaster County.

    It started Monday at the Lancaster County Community Center, 500 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, and will be offered between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through April 14, said local program director Nancy Mobley. No appointments will be made as the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Mobley asks that people bring last year's return, all W-2s, 1099s, Social Security and interest income statements to make for a quick filing process.

  • Sistare to seek District 7 seat on County Council

    A Potter Road woman believes her experience in management and business will make her a good county councilwoman.

    Kathy Sistare, 54, has announced that she intends to run for the County Council District 7 seat as a Democrat. The seat is held by one-term Councilman Wayne Kersey, also a Democrat.

    "I'm getting more excited by the day," said Sistare, who announced her candidacy in newspaper ads over the weekend.

  • Judge: Building could use another courtroom - Virtual Tour!

    If the new magistrates' office building were a little larger, more trials and preliminary hearings could be held there, Magistrate Jackie Pope told County Council on Monday night.

    Last year, council acted quickly in buying the old Good Kia dealership on S.C. 9 Bypass, voting to spend up to $1 million on the building and renovations.

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  • Local United Way at 92 percent of its fundraising goal

    United Way of Lancaster County is closing in on its fund raising goal for 2007-08.

    The local office has collected more than $367,000 in contributions from individuals, businesses and other groups as of Thursday.

    That amount is about 92 percent of the $400,000 goal.

    "We're very confident we'll make our goal this year," United Way executive director Denise Keating said. "I feel very positive about where we are right now, especially due to the economic challenges we've had."

  • Landrum halts Warriors' bid

    Landrum halted Indian Land High School’s dual wrestling state title hopes with a 39-38 win in the Class A Upper State wrestling tournament semifinals on Saturday in the IL gym.The Warriors’ tough loss was decided on a team point deduction for unsportsmanlike conduct following the 160-pound match.“We lost the match basically for being undisciplined,” Warriors’ coach Mike Kersey said. “We didn’t wrestle fundamentally sound in some weight classes. It’s been a problem all season.

  • Bantam Chef draws a crowd

    KERSHAW – The Bantam Chef, meaning either "feisty" or "small" chef, has been a downtown Kershaw institution for years.

    When locals David and Sue Sullivan bought the restaurant from Frank and Dot Evans in 2006, they kept Evans' classics, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue, but added the all-you-can eat buffet and opened seven days a week.

    "We've kept exactly what Frank had, but we have added," said Sue Sullivan.

    The Saturday breakfast buffet offers large portions of the traditional Southern breakfast fare.

  • Mussels barometer of water quality

    First identified in 1852, the Carolina heelsplitter thrived in the Pee Dee, Catawba, Savannah and Saluda river systems of both North Carolina and South Carolina.

    More than 100 years of growth in the Charlotte area has altered the water quality such that only small colonies exist today. The heelsplitter was put on the Endangered Species list in 1993 and is federally protected.