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  • 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.

  • May 10 deadline to register to vote in June 10 primaries

    If you want to cast a ballot in the June 10 primary, you need to register by May 10.

    May 10 is a Saturday, and the Lancaster County Voter Registration office at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon that day, said election official Cassie Stump.

    However, the office encourages residents to register before then.

    You'll need your driver's license with your correct Lancaster County address on it, and your Social Security card.

  • Indian Land High's graduation moved to Winthrop Coliseum

    INDIAN LAND – For about a week this month, Indian Land High School seniors didn't know where their graduation would be held.

    Indian Land High had planned to hold its graduation ceremony at Winthrop University's Byrnes Auditorium on May 30, but was told a few weeks ago that the building will be undergoing renovations during that time, principal Kathy Faris said.

    Graduation will now be at Winthrop Coliseum, still at the same original time of 2:30 p.m.

  • Water district violates standard

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District has violated the same drinking water standard it did back in September.

    According to a public notice from the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, the area's drinking water had a higher than normal level of trihalomethanes found in the county's drinking water in December and January, said Mike Bailes, the district's water treatment plant operator.

    The amount of trihalomethanes allowed is .080 of a microgram per liter. The levels for December and January were .088 and .093 of a microgram per liter.