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  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    Nichols was diving about 40 to 50 feet from a tree into the water, Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks,” Broome said.

  • First Steps to expand weekend meal program at Clinton Elementary

    A grant by the Springs Close Foundation will allow Lancaster First Steps to significantly increase the number of at-risk children it feeds through its weekend backpack program at Clinton Elementary School.

    First Steps started the meal program, which provides the school’s most needy students with weekend backpacks stuffed with nutritious food, in March 2012.

  • Kershaw leaders discuss tethered animals

     KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilwoman Sonya Poole fears someone will one day be seriously injured by a vicious dog that freed itself from a chain.

    The fear of potentially dangerous animals was discussed at length Monday evening, Aug. 20, during Town Council’s monthly meeting.

    Council members are looking at the possibility of a new town ordinance that would prohibit the tethering (chaining or roping) of certain animals. They say it’s easy for many of them to free themselves from the tether.

  • Lancaster man wanted in York County assault

    York County authorities are still searching for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with attacking and holding a woman at knife point in Rock Hill earlier this month. 

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for JaTaune Tyrone Richardson, 35, of 3546 Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Richardson is charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and kidnapping. The charges stem from an extended attack Aug. 12 on a 26-year-old woman inside a car, at a highway weigh station and at a Rock Hill campground.

  • Back in the schoolday swing

    Summer is officially over for Lancaster County School District students, who returned to class Monday, Aug. 20.

    An estimated 11,500-plus students woke up early, many of them nervous about starting new classes with new teachers and some at new schools.

    For some, such as Buford Elementary School kindergartner Madison Mackey, it was a step into the unknown.

    Still, McDonald Green second-grader Aronica Blakeney, who is an old hand at returning to class, gave the morning a big thumb’s up with a thumb sculpted from modeling clay.

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto several rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    “He (Nichols) was diving probably 40 to 50 feet out from a tree into the water,” Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks.”

  • Deputy finds mobile meth lab

    KERSHAW – A suspicious car parked at Stevens Park early Wednesday led to the arrests of two people, after deputies found them using the  vehicle as a mobile methamphetamine lab. 

  • Second suspect in Lamplight Road murder case released from hospital, jailed

    After spending more than two weeks at an undisclosed hospital, a Lancaster man is now behind bars in connection with the shooting death of a man last month. 

    Keishawn Omar McManus, 19, 180 Clyburn Drive, who was arrested July 28 in the murder of Timothy Alan Wissinger, had been undergoing treatment for an unknown medical issue since his arrest. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw confirmed McManus has since recovered and was jailed Tuesday, Aug. 14. 

  • Roadwork ahead: Project snarls IL traffic on U.S. 521

    INDIAN LAND – A massive road project at a major Pahandle intersection already playing havoc with local traffic could last another two and a half months or more, an SCDOT official said Thursday.

    Roadwork at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Doby’s Bridge Road began last week resulting in traffic congestion in the area during peak driving times.

  • Former EMS employee turns himself in at sheriff’s office

    Following months of speculation about an investigation of a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services employee, a former medic turned himself in to authorities this week. 

    Thomas Gregory Robinson, 51, voluntarily surrendered himself to Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday, Aug. 16, and was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, said S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Thom Barry. 

    Barry said Robinson is charged with one count of possession of other controlled substances, Schedules I to V.