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  • County might ‘claw back’ Duracell tax breaks

    Two years ago, Lancaster County gave Duracell property-tax incentives designed to save the company about $11 million over three decades in return for the battery manufacturer spending $69 million over five years to upgrade its plant.
    It’s the kind of deal Lancaster and most other counties make often. Duracell gets to divert tax payments into profits, and the county secures good-paying manufacturing jobs. Those workers support their families and spend their money locally, supporting many more jobs and families.

  • A call to prayer

    A prayer service was held Wednesday evening outside the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street in an effort to bring law enforcement and the community together.  
    “Everybody needs prayer,” said the Rev. Kenneth Cauthen of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, who also serves as Lancaster Police Department chaplain.  

  • Man charged with shooting into Central Avenue house

    A Monroe, N.C., man is jailed without bond after being charged with shooting up a home in the 700 block of Central Avenue on Friday night because he thought the person who had just shot him was inside it.
    Jackie Dewone Threatt Jr., 36, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. There was a woman in the living room when Threatt allegedly opened fire.

  • Kershaw woman dies in crash

    Kimberly Harrington
    Landmark News Service

    A Kershaw woman died before dawn Monday after the car she was driving was hit by an 18-wheeler on U.S. 601 near the Walmart Distribution Center in Pageland.
    Clara Wall, 55, was driving her 2016 Volkswagen east on Dove Sutton Road about 5:45 a.m. when she stopped at the stop sign at U.S. 601, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.

  • Man barred from wife’s hospital room

    Kim Bucher, the 73-year-old Lancaster man charged with neglecting his incapacitated wife three months ago, has been banned from Springs Memorial Hospital after two incidents in the Critical Care Unit that alarmed hospital staff, according to police and court documents.
    Mary Bucher, 63, has been unresponsive in a hospital bed for 11 weeks, her daughter Andrea Williams says, and doctors have told the family she has zero prospects of getting better.

  • Tax-free shoppers target retailers

    Need garters, galoshes or girdles? You can get them tax- free this weekend!
    Those are some of the more interesting items on a long list of tax-free items that can be purchased this tax-holiday weekend.  
    South Carolina’s 17th annual tax-exempt weekend began  at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight tonight. The tax-free weekend is typically South Carolina’s third-busiest shopping weekend of the year, after the weekends just after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.

  • Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 Kershaw slaying

    A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Kershaw man during an argument at the victim’s home.
    Ronald Eugene Reed Jr., 42, formerly of 3591 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Lancaster County General Session Court, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
    Reed is one of two suspects in the Aug. 21, 2013, shooting death of 30-year-old Bryan Matthew Hatchel at his home on Harold Faulkenberry Road.

  • Losing Duracell costly to city, county, schools

    Melanie Outlaw can’t recall ever riding by the Duracell plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West and not seeing cars in the parking lot.
    But with the battery manufacturer’s recent announcement that it was shutting down production by 2019 and cutting  430 jobs, she realizes that day is coming.
    “I have to admit I thought they’d be here forever,” said Outlaw, who is executive director of United Way of Lancaster County. “Duracell is a good, viable company that’s always been an active partner in the community.

  • New clues in Kershaw equipment theft

    Staff report
    A heavy truck stolen in Kershaw Feb. 8 has turned up in Richland County, and surveillance footage from where it was found has given the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office new clues about the theft of the truck and some equipment stolen with it.
    The truck, a 1989 Ford F-450 service truck, was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Lynnfield Street in Kershaw, along with a 7-ton trailer, an excavator and a number of tools. Home video surveillance footage showed the truck being driven away, but provided few useful clues.

  • Duke alerts customers about new phone scam

    Duke Energy is warning the public about a new, aggressive scam targeting the company's S.C. customers, using sophisticated telephone technology to make the crime harder to detect.
    Duke says customers are receiving an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The scammer warns that Duke will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make a payment very quickly.