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  • Rural roads must be made safer, DOT secretary says

    From release

    S.C. Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has proposed spending at least $50 million a year to reduce the high death toll on South Carolina’s roads.
    Hall made her presentation last month at a meeting of the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission in Columbia. Hall told the commissioners that improving safety on roads in the rural areas of the state should be the top priority for any new funding.

  • Kershaw puts $99K more into industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is investing another $99,000 to help develop an industrial park in the southern part of the county.
    Town council unanimously voted Jan. 23 to pay the engineering firm Carlisle Associates to design plans for the site, which is just north of the town limits along Railroad Avenue and the start of North Matson Street.
    The money is coming from the town’s dedicated economic development fund.

  • Woman extracted from SUV

    HEATH SPRINGS – Rescuers scrambled for 20 minutes early Wednesday to extract a Kershaw woman from her crushed SUV after it slammed into a tree on New Hope Road, and she was later charged with driving under the influence.
    Ashley Nicole Fort, 33, was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, then transferred to another medical facility for treatment, said a hospital spokeswoman. Fort’s condition was unknown at press time.

  • New details in high-profile murder cases

    New details emerged Thursday in some of the area’s highest-profile murder cases, as suspects appeared at  bond hearings in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Appearing before Circuit Judge Casey Manning were Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden and Chris Jawan Glass, two of the four defendants in the April 2016 drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Also appearing in court was Arkevous Jimon Cauthen, charged in the May 2016 killings of Sandra Johnson and John Harden Duncan in Heath Springs.

  • Howland returns with Chopin for Valentine’s

    Those who attended last year’s Valentine’s concert know that Pamela Howland is a talented, versatile pianist who also excels at entertaining her audience.
    This year, Lancaster will once again get a musical Valentine’s treat with her performance “Remembering Frederic,” part of the Vivian Major Robinson concert series.
    Combining drama with the romantic music of Frederic Chopin, the program is a musical conversation between Chopin and George Sand.

  • Clemson artist’s work on melting glaciers draws national attention

    Clinton Colmenares
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Todd Anderson, an assistant professor of art at Clemson University, is a printmaker, skilled at transferring beauty and wonder from landscapes onto paper to share his experiences with the public.
    His latest project is gaining national attention.

  • Man charged in Kershaw robbery

    A Kershaw man was arrested Friday in the Jan. 31 robbery of Flat Creek Quick Stop on Gold Mine Highway, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Eric Dwight Napper, 24, of 5980 Foxhunter Road, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators developed Napper as a suspect after receiving a tip from someone who saw surveillance photographs of the robber published by area news outlets.

  • Missing man found unhurt at Columbia bus station

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man missing for seven days was found safe and sound Sunday at a Columbia bus station.
    John Wallace Washington, 59, of 406 Nichols Road,  has been admitted to a Columbia-area hospital, said his relieved sister, Vennetta Boone.
    Washington was last seen in Lancaster early Jan. 30. He called relatives Sunday to let them know where he was and to ask that someone come pick him up.

  • White Street facelift

    The repaving of White Street in downtown Lancaster is in full swing, with multiple crews working at several locations. This week, workers are re-forming sidewalk curbs at the intersection of North White and East Barr Street to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Down the block, another crew mills up the old pavement one section at a time. Water leaks have caused short delays, said Ken Wilson, SCDOT resident engineer. “The equipment vibrates the road and breaks some of the pipes because of their age,” he said.
     

  • Judge rejects Harris’ election appeal

    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons on Monday upheld the results of November’s Lancaster City Council District 3 election, but Jackie Harris declined to concede the race to Linda Blackmon, saying she might appeal the decision to the S.C. Supreme Court.
    The appeal issue may not be settled until next month, and until it is, Blackmon will not be sworn into office.
    Blackmon beat Harris by 46 votes in the Nov. 8 election.