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  • One dead, two injured at paper mill

    CATAWBA – A contractor was killed and two others injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Resolute Forest Products, the paper mill formerly known as AbitibiBowater.

    According to York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell and a Resolute spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as three contractors were doing maintenance work inside a tank-like “scrubber” located behind the main production area.

  • County’s jobless rate ticks back up

    Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

    Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.

  • Kershaw council splits on park request

    KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.

    Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.

    Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.

    Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.

  • Judge sentences man to 15 years in prison for firearm possession

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison on a firearms possession charge.

    Gary Davis, Jr., 25, 1225 Chesterfield Ave., was sentenced in federal court Jan. 18 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced Davis to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment, the release said.

  • Heath Springs judge requests software to aid record keeping

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials await more details before voting on whether to pay for computer software requested by town judge Johnny Steele.

    At its Jan. 15 meeting, Town Council had an item on its agenda to consider a piece of software provided by Nichols Business Systems that aids record keeping.

    Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor said the city of Lancaster and town of Fort Lawn use the same software.

    It’s expected to have an initial $2,000 fee, as well as a $200 monthly charge.

  • Scammers continue to target residents

    A stolen loan fee and a cell phone taken through an Internet auction site are two of the latest scams to affect county residents this month. 

    In a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report report filed Jan. 16, a 31-year-old Lancaster woman informed deputies of a possible Internet scam after she applied for a $3,000 loan from an online company. 

    The victim said she spoke with a man who instructed her to send a MoneyGram for $298.86 to be used as a processing fee so she could get the loan. 

  • Former LPD chief Benny Webb guilty of assault

    ATLANTIC BEACH – A former Atlantic Beach town manager and Lancaster Police Department chief was recently found guilty in an Horry County courtroom of assault on a town resident.

    Benny Webb, 54, of Sumter, was charged with third-degree assault and battery in May 2012 following a S.C. Law Enforcement Division investigation conducted at the request of the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

  • Runnin' for a reason

    Often, when schools raise money, students are sent home bearing boxes of candy bars, glossy brochures of flavored popcorn or other items to hawk door to door, most of which eventually gets sold by parents.

    Not North Elementary School. They went another route – like having students run around the gym awhile.

  • Barr Street alumni organize scholarship fund

    The legacy of one of Lancaster’s former schools is being further propelled with the creation of an academic scholarship.

    The Barr Street High School Foundation, which was formed last year, is organizing the scholarship, which will be given annually to a college-bound high school student in Lancaster County.

    Other specifics, such as the award amount, haven’t been finalized yet.

  • Council approves joining urban planning group

    With urbanized clusters now springing up in the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council discussed the future of highway funding in that area during its first meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 14.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said due to Indian Land’s burgeoning population, as reflected in the 2010 Census, several stretches of the area are now designated as urban by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).

    As such, Wills said those areas no longer qualify for rural highway funding through COG, like the rest of Lancaster County.