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  • County, schools a step closer to sharing funds

    County Council and the school board are a step closer to establishing an agreement to share money the county gets from residential developers.

    Since last year, members from the two entities have been discussing ways to help deal with growth in the county. The idea is to require developers coming to provide money that can help build new schools or maintain and improve existing buildings.

  • Brakes fail, causing woman to crash car into her own house

    Brake failure caused a Lancaster woman to ram her car into her own home Tuesday afternoon.

    Kwame Harris was approaching the stop sign at Pine Street near Springs Memorial Hospital when she realized her 1990 four-door Cadillac wouldn't stop.

    Her house was just a few yards away – on the other side of Meeting Street – so she turned right onto Meeting Street and immediately got into the median.

  • Man accused in carjacking has record dating back to '95

    The man accused of stealing a Lancaster woman's van with her two children still inside last week has an extensive criminal record.

    Phillip Keith Sims, 29, of 3346 Pageland Highway, is charged with carjacking, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of kidnapping and resisting arrest in connection with the incident in the Kmart parking lot on May 29.

    According to State Law Enforcement Division records, Sims is no stranger to the law.

  • Kersey, Sistare seek Democratic nod in District 7 race

    Incumbent Wayne Kersey, a Democrat, is seeking re-election for the District 7 County Council seat against Kathy Sistare in Tuesday's primary. Sistare is seeking political office for the first time.

    That race will likely decide the winner, as nobody is running as a Republican. District 7 covers parts of Heath Springs, Elgin, Rich Hill and Lancaster near S.C. 9 Bypass. The district spans about 30 miles north to south.

    Wayne Kersey

    Kersey came on council in 2004 and is wrapping up his first term. He cites several major accomplishments he's proud to have been a part of.

  • Man dies in cycle crash in York County

    There were no balloons and cakes to celebrate Kandace Funderburk's birthday on Tuesday.

    Instead, she and other family members were busy making arrangements for her husband's funeral. Funderburk's husband died Sunday while riding a motorcycle.

    James "Mickey" Funderburk, 46, was riding his 1988 Harley Davidson on Interstate 77 in Rock Hill when the motorcycle drove off the road and overturned, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Hot enough for you? Heat wave is on

    You'll likely feel the warmest you have all year this week, as a heat wave continues in the area.

    After a cooler than normal early spring, it will feel like mid-summer the rest of the week with steamy temperatures hitting the 90s.

    Today's high will reach 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, and it will be even warmer on Thursday, with highs in the mid 90s.

    Friday through Sunday, the highs each day are forecast to be in the low 90s.

  • Kershaw OKs its $2.8M budget

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council gave unanimous final approval to the town's 2008-09 budget Monday night with no discussion.

    Council discussed the budget at its regular meeting on May 12 after Town Administrator Tony Starnes presented it.

    Mayor Tommy Baker praised Starnes for slashing the proposed budget. The approved budget ($2,881,710 ) reflects a nearly 2 percent decrease over last year's budget.

    "He (Starnes) has reduced expenses for the town of Kershaw," Baker said at the May 12 meeting.

  • $750M in last 20 years

    Many residents may not realize it, but the Lancaster & Chester Railway acts as an inland port for goods headed to coastal ports, such as Charleston.

    The railway is vital to the area for attracting industry, and railway officials expect it to be an important part of economic development in Lancaster County for years to come.

    Railway President Steve Gedney recently gave an update on the L&C to Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members.

  • Rao Ride remembers all law officers

    Remembering all officers – that's the purpose of the 6th annual RAO Motorcycle Charity Ride.

    The ride will be held on Saturday, with registration held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at North Elementary School, 1100 Roddey Drive.

    The ride is being sponsored by The Sworn Few, a local motorcycle club consisting of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical workers and military personnel.

  • 8 county races uncontested

    While this year's uncontested local races won't offer any surprises on who gets elected, they still matter.

    This year's uncontested races include Lancaster County sheriff, County Council District 5, S.C. House District 44 and 65, and Lancaster County coroner, treasurer, auditor and clerk of court.

    None of the unopposed candidates will appear on the June 10 primary ballots.

    Faile unopposed for sheriff