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  • Judge denies McIlwain motion of self-defense in Clyburn murder

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self-defense dismissed last week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Kershaw gets grant for skatepark

    KERSHAW – Funding is in place for the long-awaited skatepark in Kershaw.

    Town Council voted unanimously at its March 18 meeting to put $6,464 toward the construction of the park, which skateboard enthusiasts will be able to use at Stevens Park.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman Morris Russell was absent.

    That money will supplement a $22,374 grant the town has received from the S.C. Department of Parks and Recreation & Tourism. Also, the Kershaw Community Park Council is contributing more than $3,000.

  • City employee shoots self at work

    A city employee committed suicide at work Tuesday, March 26.

    Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at the Lancaster wastewater plant at 1150 Lockwood Lane at 3:46 p.m.

    Lockwood Lane is off West Meeting Street near Plantation Road.

    When officers arrived, they found 45-year-old Kim Burbach unresponsive in her car in the parking lot, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release issued Wednesday.

  • Native American Studies Week under way

    USCL release
    The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies department kicked off its eighth annual Native American Studies Week on Saturday.
    Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples.
    This year’s program focuses on issues surrounding Native Americans and law and justice, and includes lectures by regional and nationally-recognized scholars, screenings of films and exhibits highlighting the topic.

  • Kayak demos at Landsford Canal starting in April

    Catawba
    Riverkeeper
    The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will give one-hour kayak demonstrations at Landsford Canal in April.  
    Demo kayaks, gear and beginner instruction will be provided by Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Life jackets will be required, and minors must have a parent’s/guardian’s signature on an Assumption of Risk and Release form to participate. The form is available at  http://lakewylieriversweep.squarespace.com/storage/forms/20120905175321.pdf. Please include cell phone and emergency numbers.

  • Guidonian Hand returns to Lancaster

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    If you missed them before, concert-goers from the 2011 performance will tell you you’re in for a treat.
    The trombone quartet, The Guidonian Hand, from New York City, returns to Lancaster for a spring concert.
    Save the date now for the outdoor performance at the Pavilion at historic Craig Farm, set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
    Interspersed between musical selections are the group’s entertaining comments about composition, composers or the instrument itself.

  • Photo exhibit aimed to delight the senses

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
        For The Lancaster News    
    The Sun City Carolina Lakes Photography Club opened its latest photo exhibit, “Delight Your Senses,” to an enthusiastic crowd at a champagne reception Nov. 1, 2012, at the LakeHouse Gallery.
    Thirty-six photographers displayed 86 photos.
    Photography Club President Greg Douglas invited members to display photos in five categories – animals,  landscapes, nature, man-made and people. He challenged them to try different categories.   

  • A little bit of HOPE is a good thing

    Good can come from bad.

    Imagine the conversations one day in the early 1980s when 13 local ministers learned that one couple was traveling from church to church throughout Lancaster County with the same sob story and receiving handouts.

    That’s where the idea of a central clearinghouse named Project HOPE sprang from.

    “They were getting rich off of it,” said the late Brown Wylie, in a February 1985 interview with The Lancaster News.   

  • Inmate charged with threatening life of prison employee at KCI

    An inmate already serving a lengthy term at Kershaw Correctional Institute was charged earlier this month with threatening the life of a prison employee. 

    Demario Marquis Clyburn, 30, of Leeville, was served March 1 with two arrest warrants for criminal conspiracy and threatening the life, person or family of a public employee, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    According to the arrest warrants, Clyburn threatened to inflict bodily harm on a woman who works at KCI on Oct. 4, 2012, 

  • Looking back

    Here is what was happening around the county about the time HOPE in Lancaster opened its doors in February 1983:

    – The price of leaded self-serve gasoline was 99.9 cents a gallon and unleaded self-serve gasoline was $1.09.9 cents a gallon.

    – Charles Bundy was named chairman of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT), following a nomination by Gov. Richard Riley.