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  • Old IL ZIP code expires July 1

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan wants to remind Indian Land residents to change their addresses to reflect the community's new ZIP code.

    The old Indian Land ZIP code, 29715, expires July 1. The area shared the ZIP with the Fort Mill area in York County.

    Last year, Indian Land was issued a ZIP code of its own, 29707, although it's still listed as a Fort Mill ZIP.

  • SMH honors its volunteers

    Thursday was a special night for the volunteers of Springs Memorial Hospital – a tribute to their many hours of service at the hospital in a variety of ways.

    The 131 volunteers gave more than 22,000 hours of their time in the past year in a variety of capacities, said hospital officials. Many worked at the hospital's busy front desk or gift shop, or provided help in the hospital's many units, such as being liaisons between staff and patients' families in the surgical care unit.

  • 'Southern Fried' author to speak at local library

    "Southern Fried" mystery series author Cathy Pickens is visiting Lancaster this week.

    Pickens, who lived for a time in Lancaster, will be guest speaker at the spring meeting of the Friends of the Library, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library.

    Pickens grew up in Walhalla, and the Southern flavor of her writing is unmistakable, Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said. She has been, under different names, a lawyer, business professor, university provost, clog-dancing coach, church organist and choir director and a typist.

  • Woman in fair condition after single-car wreck

    A Lancaster woman involved in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Camp Creek Road is in fair condition at a Charlotte hospital.

    Clarisse Freeman, 40, of 1128 Townes Avenue, was driving south in a 1995 Honda Accord at 9 a.m. when she ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The wreck happened 8.4 miles east of Lancaster. The speed limit there is 45 mph. Gaskin said speed wasn't a factor, but said alcohol is believed to have been one.

  • Curfew takes effect in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council has adopted a curfew that will give the town deputy authority in dealing with minors out in the early morning hours without parental or guardian supervision.

    The curfew applies to those 16 and younger.

    According to the new town ordinance, those 16 and younger cannot be out in town after 11 p.m. on weeknights while school is in session and not after 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The curfew is 11 p.m. on Sunday nights during the school year.

  • Man haunted by memories of fatal wreck

    Karl Kakadelis still feels pain and guilt about the accident in which his best friend, Wayne Blackburn, was killed almost five years ago.

    Kakadelis spoke about it to Buford Middle School students on April 23.

    Kakadelis was 19 on June 29, 2003, and was celebrating going to college.

    But less than a mile from where he was partying in Union County, N.C., Kakadelis lost control of his Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep flipped and Blackburn was thrown from the vehicle.

  • Licensing: no; leash law: yes

    Karma isn't shy with the kisses – he doles them out wherever he goes.

    The probable Labrador retriever, about 2 years old, is staying with Indian Land residents Summer Kingery and Ken Hedges now. Kingery is an active member of the Humane Society of Lancaster County and trained in animal behavior.

    Karma was mentioned at County Council's meeting Monday night, when council was discussing second reading of an ordinance to toughen several of the county's animal laws.

  • Man charged in two robberies

    A Lancaster man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint last week after offering to help someone change a flat tire on 16th Street.

    Laurkeda Montrial "Magoo" Montgomery, 26, of 261 Pineridge Road, Kershaw, was charged Friday with two counts of armed robbery. Authorities say he was involved in this robbery and another one on Small Street.

    A man and several of his friends were standing at a 16th Street location about 10 a.m. Friday when Montgomery pulled up in a silver Suzuki Forenza with a right rear flat tire, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office report.

  • Man, 33, accused of stealing the same stuff twice

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office investigators believe a Lancaster man stole the same stuff he stole last year.

    David Gordon, 33, of 2408 Camp Creek Road, has been charged with three counts of second-degree burglary (violent) and two counts of grand larceny.

    The burglary charges are classified as violent, because the burglaries were committed at night, and because Gordon has two prior burglary convictions, said sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland.

  • CIS programs helped Patrick Benson get on right track

    Peggy Hogan has an old, chipped butter bean bowl that a family member passed down to her years ago. Although the dish is dull and cracked, she still uses it regularly.

    She said it reminds her of her roots.

    She remembers how that bowl didn't look the best, but always contained great food. One day she realized that the bowl was a good metaphor for life – it's what's on the inside that counts.