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  • 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.

  • Crowd shows up to talk about underage drinking

    Nearly 100 teens, parents and concerned community members came together Wednesday night to start a much-needed conversation about underage drinking at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Youth.
    A youth panel and an expert panel discussed anonymous responses from the audience to questions about the use and abuse of alcohol, addiction and legal consequences. Coalition for Healthy Youth member Jordan Rogers moderated the discussion.

  • An eye-opening summer for newest kindergartners

    Nearly 100 kindergarten students have been prepped for this coming school year thanks to Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten (CTK) program.
    CTK celebrated the students’ completion of the program Thursday at Lancaster Bowling Center, and Executive Director Lora Bryson said the program has had a great outcome this year.
    Rising kindergartners, parents, teachers and First Steps staff bowled the afternoon away and enjoyed cupcakes.

  • Kershaw man’s drug sentence commuted

    A Lancaster County man who has served 12 years on a crack-cocaine conviction is among 214 federal inmates whose sentences were commuted by President Obama this week.
    Tyrell Anthony, 33, of Kershaw has been serving 20 years for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and failure to appear in court. His incarceration, at the medium-security Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution in Marlboro County, will now end Dec. 1.  
    Most of the affected inmates are low-level drug offenders, said White House legal counsel Neil Eggleston.

  • Buford landmark gone

    For decades, it was a rite of passage for teens in Buford – a courageous, after-dark covert ascent of the fabled water tank beside the elementary school.
    But the 7,500-gallon edifice, built in 1965, has seen its last climber.
    Workers from R.E. McLean Tank Co. should finish cutting apart and dismantling the tank today, said Stephen White, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District manager.

  • $100K lottery ticket sold locally

    If you bought a lottery ticket for Sunday’s Palmetto Cash 5 drawing from the AM PM Gas & Grill on Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, go check your ticket right now – you may have won $100,000.
    A South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman said in a release Tuesday that someone in Lancaster County bought a Cash 5 ticket with numbers 12, 17, 18, 20 and 22, and had still not claimed the prize.
    Had they “Powered-up” for an extra $1, the prize would have been double the amount. The odds of winning Sunday’s prize were 1 in 501,942.