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  • Meeting will address church security issues

    Authorities are planning a meeting that they hope will reduce the number of church burglaries in the area.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department have invited pastors and county church leaders to an information session on church security at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • 'Miracles!" play returns to stage at Lancaster High

    A stage play that was well-received in Kershaw earlier this year is back for a second running in Lancaster County.

    “Miracles!” is a comedy-drama that centers on issues dealing with HIV/AIDS, and how a person leans toward family support and faith for strength. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

    The original play is written by Shelia Burris-Buchanan of Rock Hill. Cast members are from Lancaster, Rock Hill and Charlotte.

  • Study shows tasers generally safe in police hands

    An independent study on the safety of using taser guns in law enforcement shows that the electric weapon appears generally safe when used correctly.

    The final report, one of the first of its kind, was released last week.

    The inherent safeness of the taser - which has in rare cases resulted in death or serious injury to suspects in recent years - was studied by emergency room specialist Dr. William Bozeman and his colleagues at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., this year.

  • Kershaw celebrates Hog Jam 2007

    Shannon Bowers of Heath Springs had about five different cups of barbecue on her plate Saturday and was trying to pick which was the best.

    She had a tough time deciding.

    “It's all really good,” Bowers said.

    Barbecue was plentiful this weekend for the second annual Kershaw Hog Jam, which kicked off Friday and lasted into late Saturday.

  • Fight against underage drinking gets boost

    The state of South Carolina did more than pass new laws to hopefully curb underage drinking and punish adults who provide minors with alcohol.

    It is also providing local money to make sure these regulations are enforced.

  • Kershaw teen battles cancer

    KERSHAW - One Lancaster County girl is hoping to reclaim life’s finer things after the onset of leukemia this summer.Michaela DeBruhl, 13, is relying on her chemotherapy, family, friends and God to get her through the battle so she can return to Andrew Jackson Middle School and her favorite activities, like tending to animals, playing softball and hiking.

    “And I really miss my friends,” said Michaela, who is now being home schooled.Luckily, her outlook is good.

  • Fire damages business

    The volunteer firefighter who broke his back after a fire at Bowers Automotive Auto Sales on Tuesday night is recovering at home.

    McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Philip Pegram, 30, fell 12 feet from the attic area of the Lynwood Drive business. He fell on his back, landing on top of the oxygen tank he was wearing, said Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell. He sustained a compression fracture to his lower back.

  • Lack of rain causes

    No lawn-watering. No pressure washing. No car washing.

    Your options on what you can do with your water will dry up come midnight tonight.

    Due to the continued lack of rainfall and low stream flow in the Catawba River, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District officials issued Stage 3 mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday.

    The restrictions will eliminate lawn watering, residential vehicle washing and refilling or maintaining empty swimming pools, fountains and ornamental pools.

  • Census error costly

    Lancaster City Council got a reminder or warning from a S.C. Budget and Control Board official Tuesday night of what might happen if the state severely undercounts its residents again.

    Will Roberts visited council Tuesday night and gave a presentation on the dire situation the state might face after the 2010 U.S. Census.

    “In South Carolina, people don’t really understand the census, especially in its rural areas,” he said.

  • Officials: Flu vaccine abundant this year

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has ordered more doses of the flu vaccine than ever before, and local residents should benefit from this year's supply.

    Vickie Hinson, director at the Lancaster County Health Department, says the vaccine is “abundant” in the county. You can get a shot at the health department, physician offices, local retailers and pharmacies such as CVS.