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  • Woman, 47, dies in one-car wreck on Hoke Road

    A 47-year-old Lancaster woman died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Hoke Road.

    Patricia Coleman was traveling north in a 1999 Ford SUV just before 1 a.m. when she ran off the right side of the road and struck a road sign about 9.8 miles south of Lancaster, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    She then drove off the left side of the road, hit another sign and an embankment. The vehicle overturned and ejected her.

    Coleman was not wearing a seat belt, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said. She was the only person in the vehicle.

  • Attorney buys Kershaw Plant for $750,000

    KERSHAW – The former Springs Industries Kershaw Plant has a new owner who says he's talking with two Poland-based businesses that are interested in operating at the building.

    One company makes expensive chocolates; the other makes bakery goods.

  • County feels pain at the gas pump

    Like most everybody else, county officials are looking for ways to save on gasoline costs.

    "The fuel costs have really gone up. For example, the week of July 16, 2007, we spent $15,858 in fuel," County Administrator Steve Willis said. "The week of May 26, 2008, we spent $22,468 with the same size fleet."

  • Lancaster man, 22, dies at scene of wreck near Pageland

    Stephen Vincent knew his son was dead as soon as he opened his eyes.

    Vincent and his son, Daniel, were involved in a wreck on S.C. 9 in Chesterfield County about 5:45 p.m. Friday. They were on their way back to Lancaster and about six miles west of Pageland.

    Daniel Vincent was driving.

    When he saw a car from the opposite direction passing a tractor-trailer truck, he slammed on the brakes. The oncoming car made it past the truck without harm.

  • Pizza Inn gets new look

    The atmosphere and dining experience for customers at the Pizza Inn in Lancaster has been improved, says its owners, Scottish Food Systems Inc.

    In recent months, the store at 1107 N. Main St. has been remodeled.

    The busy local restaurant has been given a total makeover, including the addition of an all-day buffet and game room, with fun games for children of all ages to enjoy while dining out with their family.

  • City taps Nelson for judge's post

    Lancaster City Council recently voted to end a long search for an associate municipal judge to serve on Sundays.

    Council voted late last month to approve Sandy Nelson as the new judge.

    She is a contracted broker with Lindsay Pettus Real Estate Co. of Lancaster and longtime civic volunteer on boards and commissions on both the local and state level.

    Nelson has a doctor of education degree in policy and leadership from the University of South Carolina.

    She has also completed continuing education in municipal government.

  • Capital projects committee to tour courthouse today

    The committee charged with determining the projects and a ballot question for voters on a proposed sales tax has begun its work.

    The capital project sales tax committee meets today at 5 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

    The committee will tour the Lancaster County Courthouse today. It will also begin taking up proposals from other county and municipal officials in the next few weeks.

  • Enroll your children now in annual arts, science camp

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts has weeks of fun planned for children ages 5 to 12 next month.

    The arts council is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Lancaster, Indian Land and Kershaw in July.

    The Lancaster camp will be held July 14 to 18 at First United Methodist Church on West Gay Street.

    Indian Land's camp is July 21 to 25, with the location to be announced a little later.

    Kershaw's camp is July 28 to Aug. 1 at First Baptist Church in Kershaw.

    The camps are held from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Classes available this year are:

  • What is blunt force trauma?

    Many highway accidents here involve a Lancaster County person dying due to blunt force trauma.

    The phrase often appears in The Lancaster News' stories about highway deaths, but you may wonder, "What does it really mean?"

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said blunt force trauma is an umbrella term used by medical personnel that refers to the effects of a blunt object striking the body.

  • Sheriff makes plea for manpower

    For what will likely be the last time in his law enforcement career, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen asked County Council for more money for his department.

    Cauthen, who isn't seeking re-election this year, didn't have a dollar figure for council members, but asked for 16 more deputies for the sheriff's office in the 2008-09 budget. Four of those would go to Indian Land. The others would assist with court duties.

    "We're not asking for any fluff," Cauthen said. "We're asking for what we need."

    One of Cauthen's biggest concerns is the growth in Indian Land.