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  • ‘Project Gamecock’ revealed as DLS Tire

    Plans for a new company to invest several million dollars and create 50 new jobs, once dubbed only as “Project Gamecock,” were revealed during Lancaster County Council’s meeting June 10.
    During the meeting, council approved a resolution to enter into a fee-in-lieu-of-tax (FILOT) agreement with DLS Tire Centers Inc. by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt left the meeting early and was absent from the vote.

  • Makin' Hay At The Airport

    Farmers are known for their patience, but Elvin D. “Donnie” Wright Jr., takes it to the extreme.
    Wright, recently named the 2013 Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District, grinned as he brushed his hand through the waist-high grass along the sloping hill behind Lancaster County Airport.
    “I just enjoy farming,” Wright said as he watched a small plane touch down on the airport runway. “Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lot of work, but I like it.”

  • Man charged with stealing almost $510K

    A thick stack of warrants detailing more than a half-million dollars in misappropriated funds from three area agencies were served on a Lancaster man Friday, June 21.
    S.C. Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed Friday afternoon that “a handful of warrants” had been served on Ezra Brown Crenshaw Jr., 41, 2176 Country Club Drive.
    “Crenshaw surrendered this afternoon at the Lancaster County Detention Center and has been charged with multiple counts,” Berry said.

  • Man charged with stealing almost $510K

    A thick stack of warrants detailing more than a half-million dollars in misappropriated funds from three local agencies were served on a Lancaster man Friday, June 21. 

    S.C. Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed Friday afternoon that “a handful of warrants” had been served on Ezra Brown Crenshaw Jr., 41, 2176 Country Club Drive.

    “Crenshaw surrendered this afternoon at the Lancaster County Detention Center and has been charged with multiple counts,” Berry said. 

  • Heath Springs adopts budget

    HEATH SPRINGS – Even with its mayor absent, Heath Springs Town Council is moving along with the town’s business.

    Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday, June 18, to adopt its $596,175 budget for 2013-14, which includes an increase in water and sewer rates.

    The vote was 3-0. 

    Mayor Ann Taylor and Councilwoman Ida Drakeford were not at the meeting.

  • Hells Angels members sentenced

    COLUMBIA – Drug trafficking and money laundering are just some of the charges against two Lancaster men sentenced in federal court Wednesday, June 19, for their participation in the Rock Hill Hells Angels. 

    Hells Angels Charter President Mark “Lightning” Baker, 50, and David “Gravel Dave” Oiler, 49, were each sentenced after having been convicted by a jury of racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, money laundering and firearm offenses, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

  • Council members, Tunnell debate construction of LCEDC building

    A tense mood and concerns about negativity weighed heavily on a debate earlier this month between county officials about plans for a new economic development building. 

    Words such as “misunderstanding” and “negative tone” were brought up at Lancaster County Council’s meeting  June 10 during a discussion about the next step for constructing a new home for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Local student accepted at Governor’s School

    A former Lancaster High School student has been accepted as a student at the prestigious S.C. Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics in Hartsville.

    Brooke Christensen, 16, is one of only 122 rising juniors in the state accepted at the residential academy for academically gifted students.

    Brooke, the daughter of Hallie and Lon Christensen of Lancaster, said she decided to apply for the school almost on a lark after years of hearing both her parents and teachers suggest she apply.

  • Employee raises in 2013-14 Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – Town of Kershaw employees will see more money in their paychecks.

    On Monday, June 17, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the town’s $3.5 million budget for 2013-14, which includes a 3 percent across-the-board raise for town employees. Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said those salary hikes cost about $25,000 – increasing the budget by about 5.7 percent from 2012-13.

    While the town’s 17 employees will get paid more, town residents will pay more in property taxes.

  • Truck accident claims Kershaw man

    A head-on collision on Gold Mine Highway (S.C. 601) claimed the life of a Kershaw man, Monday, June 17.

    The accident happened about 5:10 p.m. in the Flat Creek community near Haile Gold Mine, according to emergency radio chatter.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris identified the deceased Tuesday afternoon as 61-year-old Ronnie Lee Cranford of Kershaw.