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Two falling trees felt and sounded like an earthquake to local family

By Jenny Arnold

Forest Drive resident Peggy Furr doesn’t quite know how to describe the sound of two giant oak trees falling onto the roof of her garage.


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Honor Flights vets gather for reunion

By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – It was a night of thanks and laughter as World War II veterans got together over a chicken bog dinner Jan. 26 to reminisce about their recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Ninety veterans flew to Washington on Nov. 21 to visit the World War II Memorial through Honor Flight, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to getting World War II vets to see the memorial built in honor of them.


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Son: Coley Patterson was a hard-working man and good provider

By Jesef Williams

Coley Patterson grew up in Kershaw and spent his years working several jobs around town.

Patterson manned the town’s garbage truck before working in custodial services at Springs Industries’ mill in Kershaw.

He retired after nearly 32 years of service.

Patterson also worked part-time for Kirkland Mortuary in Kershaw and operated his own lawn care service.

Coley Patterson Jr. said his father loved cutting grass.


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Man, 29, killed in head-on collision

By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster man was killed in a head-on collision on Camp Creek Road on Friday.

Andy Carter, 29, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

Carter died of chest trauma, Morris said.

S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald said Carter was a passenger in a 1993 Ford Festiva driven by Joseph Taylor, 31, of Lancaster.


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On second reading, ordinance picks up an opponent

Official opposes tobacco ban

By Chris Sardelli

One County Council member questioned the fairness of a proposed tobacco-use ban on county-owned property at Monday’s council meeting.

Councilman Cotton Cole asked that council revisit the issue. Cole was not present for the discussion or vote on first reading of the proposed ordinance last week. The measure passed unanimously then, but it takes three readings for a proposed ordinance to take effect.

The proposed ordinance would bring the county’s codes in line with standards set by the state Clean Indoor Air Act.


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Long makes it official: She's seeking second House term

By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – State Rep. Deborah Long, R-District 45, told constituents Monday that she’s ready for another term.

Standing in front of almost 50 Lancaster and York residents at the Indian Land Recreation Center, Long announced her intention to run for re-election to the state House District 45 seat.

The district encompasses parts of York and Lancaster counties. Long won the seat in 2008 against Democrat Fred Thomas.


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Pettus receives state conservation honor

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COLUMBIA – State Sen. John Courson of Columbia was named the Conservationist of the Year and Lindsay Pettus of Lancaster received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the S.C. Wildlife Federation’s 45th annual awards banquet Sunday.  

Formed in 1931, the S.C Wildlife Federation is a membership organization promoting habitat conservation and respect for outdoor traditions through statewide leadership, education, advocacy and partnerships.

Pettus is well known for his strong interest and proactive approach to land conservation.  


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School district cancels Monday classes

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster County School District announced about 6:30 p.m. Sunday that Monday classes at all schools were cancelled. Both day and evening adult education classes were also cancelled for the day. 

Students' families were notified via the school district's automated telephone system that there would be no classes. The start time for Tuesday classes still has not been set. 


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Drunk-driving suspect jumped bond five years ago

Family waits for justice in death

By Jenny Arnold

The Whitaker family is still waiting for justice in the death of John “Little John” Whitaker, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in January 2005.


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Jackson receives volunteer honor award

By Chris Sardelli

Polly Jackson knew something was going on when she was invited to Thursday night’s Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual meeting.


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