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  • Deaths remain under investigation

    Authorities still don’t know how two sisters died together sometime last week.

    Peggy Small and Gail Patterson were found dead in Small’s home on Flat Creek Road on July 4.

    The two women lived on disability checks, according to their middle sister, Carol Brasington. Patterson had had a knee replacement and suffered from scoliosis (a spine condition), and Small had a history of heart attacks, had a heart bypass last year and underwent a double mastectomy after breast cancer.

  • ‘We come with broken hearts’

    Release, rejoice, remember.

    That was the message the Rev. Trent McLaughlin, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, gave during the funeral for Peggy Small and her sister, Gail Patterson.

    “We come with broken hearts,” McLaughlin said. “We come with tons of questions – questions to which we’ll never know all the answers for, and that’s OK. I know where they are and I’m proud to be their pastor today.”

  • County helps S.C. win award

    The state of South Carolina has Lancaster County to thank for a new award it recently won.

    Area Development magazine recently awarded the state a Silver Shovel Award, thanks in part to the addition of Red Ventures, an Internet marketing and sales firm in Indian Land. The magazine, which focuses on corporate business site selections, recognizes states each year for their achievements in attracting high-value projects that will create significant numbers of jobs.

  • A dream of a hit at Cooperstown

    The announcer’s voice rang loud and clear over the mythical birthplace of baseball.

    “Dreams come true here at the Dream Park. Don’t be surprised by what you see this week.”

    Keven and Tracey Hyatt ended up being very surprised.

    Hyatt’s son, Garrison, plays for the Carolina Twins travel baseball team. Garrison, a center fielder (and rising sixth-grader at Lewisville Middle School in Richburg) has been playing baseball for five years, including four with the Twins, a team based out of Indian Land.

  • Can home detention alleviate overcrowding?

    Only nonviolent offenders would be eligible for a home-detention program the county is considering, officials say.

    Responding to concerns from some residents, County Council took a second look at the proposed program Tuesday night.

    “I wish it was a little clearer who could go on this program and who couldn’t,” Councilman Jack Estridge said at the council meeting. “The only problem I have is if someone is in home detention and commits a violent crime on someone.”

  • Fireman hurt in forklift accident

    A Lancaster Fire Department firefighter was hurt after a forklift rolled over onto his legs on Friday.

    Fire Chief Chris Nunnery said firefighters were working at a former Springs Industries plant site on 15th Street, which is now owned by the city.

    Tables, fittings and equipment were left behind by the textile giant when it closed in Lancaster and city workers have been moving it and preparing it for government sales, Nunnery said.

    Firefighters were loading tables on Friday before the accident happened.

  • Charlotte man, 19, shot at Kershaw Street house

    A 19-year-old Charlotte man told police that he was shot at a Kershaw Street home on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police responded to the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital because a gunshot victim was there.

    The victim said he was standing in the doorway of a Kershaw Street home and noticed a white car, possibly a Mercury sedan, drive by about 7:15 p.m. Inside the car were three men.

    The man said the car circled and drove back by, and he exchanged words with the men inside the car, the report said.

  • Police reports - July 11, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges on June 27.

    Quavis Chavanique Coleman, 27, 310 Elm St., was charged with second-offense driving under suspension, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, an officer saw Coleman driving and knew that Coleman was driving under suspension.

    Coleman pulled into a driveway and sat on a porch. An officer tried to handcuff Coleman, but he ran from the officer, the report said.

  • Sisters’ double funeral is today

    Sisters Gail Patterson and Peggy Small lived together on Flat Creek Road.

    They apparently died together sometime last week, and today they will be buried together.

    Patterson, 51, and Small, 54, were found dead inside their home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what caused their deaths.

    The women’s funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church.

    Carol Brasington, the women’s middle sister, described Small and Patterson as kind-hearted and generous women.

  • Woman, 23, dies in single-vehicle wreck

    A woman family members describe as one of a kind was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

    Meagan Blackmon, of 4582 Mount Carmel Road, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital after the 5:50 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Assistant Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of blunt force trauma.

    “She was one of a kind, silly, bubbly,” said Blackmon’s cousin, Q’yaka Lathan.

    “Meagan was just a comic, a prankster. She would make you laugh.”