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One dead, two injured at paper mill

By Reece Murphy

CATAWBA – A contractor was killed and two others injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Resolute Forest Products, the paper mill formerly known as AbitibiBowater.

According to York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell and a Resolute spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as three contractors were doing maintenance work inside a tank-like “scrubber” located behind the main production area.


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Statewide numbers also increase slightly

County’s jobless rate ticks back up

By Jesef Williams

Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.


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KCPC requests $32K at recent meeting

Kershaw council splits on park request

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.

Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.

Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.

Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.


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Judge sentences man to 15 years in prison for firearm possession

By Chris Sardelli

COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison on a firearms possession charge.


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Heath Springs judge requests software to aid record keeping

By Jesef Williams

HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials await more details before voting on whether to pay for computer software requested by town judge Johnny Steele.

At its Jan. 15 meeting, Town Council had an item on its agenda to consider a piece of software provided by Nichols Business Systems that aids record keeping.

Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor said the city of Lancaster and town of Fort Lawn use the same software.

It’s expected to have an initial $2,000 fee, as well as a $200 monthly charge.


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Scammers continue to target residents

By Chris Sardelli

A stolen loan fee and a cell phone taken through an Internet auction site are two of the latest scams to affect county residents this month. 

In a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report report filed Jan. 16, a 31-year-old Lancaster woman informed deputies of a possible Internet scam after she applied for a $3,000 loan from an online company. 

The victim said she spoke with a man who instructed her to send a MoneyGram for $298.86 to be used as a processing fee so she could get the loan. 


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Real estate agent charged with breach of trust

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster real estate agent is facing multiple breach of trust charges in connection with more than $15,000 in missing funds from her workplace, according to newly released arrest warrants. 


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Women attacked by dogs in separate incidents

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster woman is recovering from her injuries after she was bitten several times by a dog Jan. 12.

Deputies spoke with the 51-year-old woman as she was being treated at Springs Memorial Hospital a few hours after the attack, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The woman said she was at her boyfriend’s home in the 2400 block of Pineview Drive at about 10:30 p.m. that day when the man’s German shepherd bit her.


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Amanda Kelley – Myrtle Beach Sun News

Former LPD chief Benny Webb guilty of assault

ATLANTIC BEACH – A former Atlantic Beach town manager and Lancaster Police Department chief was recently found guilty in an Horry County courtroom of assault on a town resident.

Benny Webb, 54, of Sumter, was charged with third-degree assault and battery in May 2012 following a S.C. Law Enforcement Division investigation conducted at the request of the Atlantic Beach Police Department.


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North Elementary family raises $12,000 for classroom technology

Runnin' for a reason

By Reece Murphy

Often, when schools raise money, students are sent home bearing boxes of candy bars, glossy brochures of flavored popcorn or other items to hawk door to door, most of which eventually gets sold by parents.


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