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  • Katawba Valley Land Trust hires first executive director

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has hired its first employee.

    Robert Austin Jenkins of Camden will become the nonprofit group's executive director in early September.

    Chartered in 1992, the land trust has had as its main focus Lancaster and Chester counties. It seeks to protect land through conservation easements, acquisition of property and transfer of some properties to other public or private land management agencies.

    To date, the group has undertaken 53 land transactions, protecting 6,862 acres in five South Carolina counties.

  • Mother didn’t know boyfriend’s history

    The mother of the 1-month-old allegedly abused by the live-in boyfriend said she had no idea her boyfriend was a sex offender.

    William Joseph Burdick, 27, of 214 S. York St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.

    Katie Roddey, mother of Victoria Roddey, said her infant is at Carolinas Medical Center with bleeding on her brain.

  • State may order court security

    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal will visit Lancaster County next week to discuss court security with officials.

    County Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase taxes by an unspecified amount to pay for more sheriff's deputies to guard court facilities.

  • Fay makes her way through county and brings lot of rain

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay dumped a deluge of rain on Lancaster County and triggered several tornado warnings Tuesday.

    The county was under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. today, and tornado warnings were issued three times Tuesday afternoon.

    The county was also under a flash flood warning for part of the day.

    According to reports from the National Weather Service, the southern and eastern parts of the county were hit the hardest by the storm, with the tornado warnings issued for those areas.

  • Will Crawford get to keep silver medal?

    There is some question whether Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford will get to keep the silver medal he won in the 200-meter race at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

    Crawford, 30, who was hoping to win a gold medal in the event as he did in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, originally appeared to be out of medal contention in the Aug. 20 finals.

  • Man's family disputes police account of fatal crash

    The family of the man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last week says Lancaster Police Department officers are partially to blame.

    Lancaster police officers initiated a chase on Hampton Road in Lancaster's Southside community, said Najla Parker, the aunt of suspect Marqevius Hood.

    Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., is charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the crash that killed motorcyclist John Haver, 68, on Aug. 20.

  • Blaze destroys home in Baker Place

    Juliet Borcherds didn't expect to see flames coming from the carport area of her Woodbridge Street house Monday afternoon.

    When she realized there was a fire, she alerted her son, who was in his bedroom. The two rushed out the front door and called 911.

    Firefighters received the call just before 1:30 p.m. Elgin Volunteer Fire Department first responded, with assistance from the Antioch and Rich Hill departments.

    Borcherds said the fire originated in the carport's laundry room on the left side of the house, situated off S.C. 903 in the Baker Place community.

  • Festival seeks sponsors

    INDIAN LAND – Organizers of this year's Fall Into Fun festival are seeking sponsors, volunteers, vendors, silent auction items, bands and teen's and children's activities and entertainers for the annual festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Indian Land Middle School.

    Proceeds will benefit the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land. Organizers hope to raise about $25,000 this year.

    The festival, organized by the Indian Land Rotary Club and Carolina Gateway, is seeking additional sponsors this year through a tiered sponsorship plan.

  • Man charged after AMBER alert

    Bryan Matthew Hatchel took matters into his own hands last week in trying to get custody of his daughter, authorities say.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Hatchel, 25, with custodial interference, a felony that carries up to five years in prison if convicted.

    An AMBER Alert was issued early Sunday morning after he picked up his 2-year-old daughter, Jaelyn Elizabeth Hollis, and never returned.

  • McGriff unopposed as she seeks 5th school board term

    Charlene McGriff, who represents District 2 on the Lancaster County School Board, is running unopposed for the fifth time since she initially took the seat in a special election in 1992.

    McGriff, 56, who now serves as chairwoman for the school board, said there are several things she would like for the board to focus on in the upcoming term.