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  • Fred Sheheen’s legacy of public service

    Nobody loved South Carolina more than Fred Sheheen, state Sen. Greg Gregory said Tuesday.
    Fred Sheheen, 79, died in a two-car wreck Monday near Lake Wateree in Kershaw County, said Kershaw County Coroner Phil McLeod.
    Fred Sheheen is the father of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27). Vincent Sheheen and Gregory (R-16) represent Lancaster County in the state General Assembly.

  • 3-car crash closes 521 in Lancaster

    A section of U.S. 521 North (Charlotte Highway) in front of  Family Dollar in Lancaster was shut down late Tuesday afternoon for a three-car crash with injuries.
    At least one person was entrapped in the 5:27 p.m. accident, and had to be freed from the car. Her injuries were unknown.
    At press time, traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted down University Drive to Hubbard Drive. For more, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Man wanted for domestic violence leads cops on chase

    A Lancaster County man wanted for beating a woman with whom he lived led officers from three jurisdictions on a chase Tuesday morning before he was finally arrested in Chesterfield County.

    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 27, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested in Chesterfield County following a car chase involving Monroe Police Department officers and Chesterfield and Lancaster county deputies.

  • 51 Lancaster homes get free carbon-monoxide detectors

    Lancaster Fire Department members installed 51 carbon-monoxide alarms in the 60 homes with gas appliances they visited during the one-day alarm blitz May 14.
    The city recently received 250 carbon-monoxide detectors from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation through a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
    It’s the largest number of detectors awarded by the Williams foundation at one time to one municipality.

  • 27 eyesore houses targeted for demolition in Lancaster

    Twenty-seven derelict properties in the Lancaster city limits have been identified for inclusion in the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) $5.6 million program to get rid of uninhabitable homes.
    The city is working with COG to acquire, demolish and landscape blighted vacant residential properties through a Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
    In April 2015, COG was awarded $5.6 million from the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority. The funds must be used by July 2017.

  • 'The perfect career'

    Thirty-eight years ago, Chuck Small became a firefighter for the Lancaster Fire Department at age 19, though he had no idea he wanted to be one.
    Always a great storyteller, Small, who retired last week at 57, still recalls his initial March 8, 1978, interview with the late Donald Adams, the city’s fire chief at the time.

  • Man with shotgun robs Buford store

    A man with a double-barrel shotgun robbed a convenience store at Buford Crossroads early Friday morning.
    Using surveillance video, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Joshua Duane Smith, 35, of 1722 Cabarrus Crossing Drive in Huntersville, N.C. Warrants were obtained charging him with armed robbery in the 4:30 a.m. holdup at the Buford Express Mart, at the intersection of S.C. 9 and Rocky River Road.

  • City buying new electronic message board

    There is a reason why the city of Lancaster quit placing a portable electronic message board along Main Street to advertise upcoming downtown events.
    The old one is beyond repair and has been for about 18 months, said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.
    “It finally died. It had been repaired, repaired and repaired, and it can’t be repaired anymore. It was definitely a wonderful asset for us to have,” Meeks said.

  • Operation Clean-Sweep targets 2 Kershaw streets

    KERSHAW – There’s nothing clandestine about Kershaw’s “Operation Clean-Sweep.” Its goal is to literally clean up the town’s two main streets this summer, from the north end to the south end.
    The work will include weed removal and sidewalk edging, as well as dirt removal along roadside curbing along Matson and Hampton streets.
    Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said the town plans to spend about $10,000 on the cleanup.

  • Born to write

    It's not unusual to spend the first day of summer vacation at Walmart with your family. It is unusual if you are holding a book-signing. It's even more unusual if you are 12.
    That is exactly how 12-year-old Christina Moses spent last Saturday. Surrounded by family and friends, she sat at a table selling and signing copies of her book, "Camp Sweet Tea – Adventures of Christina and Friends."
    She signed and sold over 30 books in the first hour of the four-hour event. By the end, the total was almost 60.