• Chamber seeking nominees for two honors

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce
    Volunteers in Lancaster County have a positive impact on the community.
    In a program begun more than 20 years ago, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to calling attention to all local volunteers by honoring one special volunteer at its annual meeting.
    The two most recent recipients were Polly Jackson, who received the honor earlier this year, and Richard Patterson, who received the honor in 2009.
    The chamber is now taking nominations for 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

  • Council critical of job center

    County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff leaned forward in her seat and raised her voice Tuesday as she searched for answers about the Lancaster OneStop center.
    With her hands in constant motion, McGriff vented some of her frustrations about the local S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce office, specifically about concerns she’s heard from constituents who haven’t been able to get jobs through the center.

  • Women seriously injured in wreck

    JoAnna Croxton is thinking back on good moments she’s shared with Jesse Reynolds.
    They both graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and are still good friends.
    Croxton most recently saw Reynolds and her friend, Amber McManus, last week at Los Mariachis restaurant in Lancaster.
    Now Croxton is wishing the two Lancaster women a speedy recovery.
    McManus and Reynolds were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on North Park Drive in Lancaster.

  • Welcome home

    The tarmac in Columbia may not have seen the same kind of fanfare of last Dec. 23 in Lancaster, but the crowd was no less enthusiastic.
    On Nov. 6, troops from the S.C. National Guard’s 174th MAC unit from Wellford, and 1222nd Combat Engineers from Fort Mill, disembarked from their military transport at the Eagle Aviation hangar at the Columbia airport, returning home in time for Thanksgiving with their families.
    In the group were seven Lancaster County guardsmen who volunteered to go with the 174th.

  • Miles gets early present

    Jody Miles has a new lease on life – and a new liver.
    She and her family believe it was God’s way of saying he still has work for her to do. They also believe it’s an answer to the prayers of many in the community – family, friends and even people who don’t know her.
    Susan Snipes, a close friend, former co-worker and a coordinator of fundraising efforts for Miles, said word came Tuesday morning that a liver was available for Miles, and she and her family left immediately for Charleston.

  • Deputies look into report of assault

    Deputies are reviewing evidence about a reported assault in a CVS parking lot on Airport Road in Lancaster earlier this week.
    A Lancaster woman told deputies she was assaulted in front of the store Sunday, according to an incident report. The woman told deputies she went to the CVS at 11:44 a.m. to buy a newspaper and was approached by a man and woman.
    She said the man told her to hand over her purse and then both he and the woman began to hit her on the head, the report said. She yelled for help, but said no one in the parking lot would help her.

  • Two men sought in robberies

    Deputies are searching for two men who robbed South 200 Discount Beverage in Lancaster nearly two weeks ago and hope the release of photos will lead to the men’s arrest.
    On Nov. 19, two men – each armed with knives – entered the store on Great Falls Highway and demanded money from the cashier.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office released photos this week taken from the store’s surveillance cameras both inside and outside the store.
    Maj. David Belk said he hopes the new information will lead authorities to the suspects.

  • Local man charged in Charlotte robberies

    A Lancaster man remains in jail after being charged in two armed robberies in Charlotte over the weekend.
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department charged Aaron Shah Khan, 35, on Sunday with robbery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County jail, according to records from that county’s sheriff’s office.
    The sheriff’s office didn’t have a specific address listed for Khan.
    Charlotte authorities responded to incidents at two hotels that took place in about a 10-minute span Saturday afternoon.

  • ‘Just doing my job’

    KERSHAW – When Jonathan Cook hears others praise him for his service to his country or for his lasting influence in and beyond Kershaw as a lifeguard and swim instructor, he doesn’t understand what the fuss is about.
    Friends say he’d rather stay out of the spotlight and is embarrassed by the attention. His typical response: “I was just doing my job.”
    That may be true from his perspective, but others say it’s how he did his job that made a difference in the lives of the people he touched.

  • City employee recovering after motorcycle wreck

    A city of Lancaster employee is at home recovering after being involved in a single-vehicle accident last week.
    Marty Cauthen, who works in the city’s public works department, was driving his motorcycle southbound on Great Falls Highway about 6 p.m. Nov. 23 when a deer ran out and hit him, said his supervisor, city public works director Jerry Crockett.
    The accident happened near the S.C. 97 intersection, not far from the Chester County line, Crockett said.