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  • Hispanic population growing here

    Ramon Escamillia says he is living out his dream – right here in Lancaster County.

    Escamillia, who was born and raised in Mexico, has been living in Lancaster since 1993. He first came to the United States when he was 12.

    Escamillia, now 33, recalls the impoverished conditions his family lived in while in Mexico. He says his goal was to one day move to the United States.

    “America was the thing,” he said. “That was the dream – to come to the U.S.”

  • HOPE picks up Christmas Basket drive

    When Elaine Adkins heard there would be no Christmas Basket fund this year, she was spurred into action.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, became worried when she learned the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund would not be run.

    The local chapter of the American Red Cross, which sponsored the fund during the past five years, recently announced it would not sponsor the drive this year.

  • 300 jobs coming to county

    INDIAN LAND – A consulting firm is the latest company to move into the former HSBC headquarters building in the Panhandle.

    Titanium Holdings Inc. is moving its headquarters to Indian Land to accommodate what officials call explosive growth and a strategic expansion to meet industry demand.

    Titanium Holdings Inc. is the parent company of Titanium Solutions Inc., a leading provider of homeowner contacting and consulting services.

  • Council to look at audit

    County Council is holding a special meeting Monday night to go over its annual audit.

    County Finance Director Veronica Thompson will go over the audit.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the county has received a clean audit.

    “I consider it a good report in that revenue exceeded expenses, which is what you want to see,” Willis said. “The county is in good financial shape with adequate reserves.”

    Road standards

    Council will also vote on final reading of new road standards.  

  • Deputies find 4 pounds of pot

    A search for a stolen firearm resulted in the discovery of several pounds of marijuana.

    Antwan Shermario Seegars, 21, of 1344 Locustwood Ave., was charged Nov. 26 with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school. He has since been released from the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Seegars’ arrest stemmed from the investigation of a Nov. 10 burglary of a Cimmeron Road home in which a shotgun was stolen.

  • Officials talk about economy at breakfast

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members heard a gloomy economic forecast from several speakers Thursday morning over breakfast.

    The chamber held a legislative breakfast at the Bradley Arts and Sciences building at the University of South Carolina, featuring state Rep. Jimmy Neal, D-District 44; state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16; U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District; and S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl.

    Each talked about the economy and some even used the ‘R’ word – recession.

    Here are some highlights:

  • York Tech gets grant for area campus

    KERSHAW – York Technical College’s Kershaw/Heath Springs campus will soon have a second classroom with distance-learning opportunities.

    The campus is the beneficiary of a $165,000 Community Enrichment Grant from the state’s Community Development Black Grant Program. About half of the grant will go toward equipment for a distance-learning center, which allows students to interact in real time with instructors at York Tech’s main campus in Rock Hill.

  • Abuse victim offers help

    INDIAN LAND – It’s hard to imagine the horrors of a child sexually abused by her father and brother.

    For Indian Land resident Sarah Harrison, it’s a reality.

    Harrison, 65, remembers being sexually abused by her father as early as age 4. It could have begun before that, but she can’t remember.

    When she was 7, her mother made her sleep in the same bed as her 14-year-old brother, because her mother felt the bed Harrison shared with two other sisters was getting too crowded. Her brother also molested her.

  • Center offers bilingual identification cards

    The Multi-Cultural Information Center in Lancaster is now issuing bilingual identification cards to anybody who needs one.

    Sal Estrada, who oversees the center, said the cards will be beneficial to someone living here who’s primary language is not English. The cards cost $25, which will go toward operating costs for the center.

    The cards will include the following information in two languages: the person’s name, address, nationality and emergency contacts.

  • Basket Fund collects $1,075 in two days

    The revived Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has raised a record amount in its first two days of collections.

    Donations have been streaming into HOPE of Lancaster since Wednesday. The new organizers of the fund say they collected $1,075 in just two days.

    “I’m just really excited,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE. “For us to get that much in two days, it’s just wonderful. I just can’t wait to see what happens.”