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  • Woman dies after wreck in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Officials say alcohol may have contributed to a fatal two-vehicle accident over the weekend in the southern part of the county.

    Mary Beth Johnson, who lived in Kershaw, died early Sunday morning after the 1986 Buick station wagon she was riding in collided head-on with a 1999 Honda Accord on S.C. 341.

    The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday about 2 miles south of Kershaw.

    Johnson, 43, a front-seat passenger in the Buick, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She died shortly before 1 a.m. from blunt force head, abdominal and

  • Hospice selling purple bows in memory, honor of cancer patients

    Purple bows in memory or honor of cancer patients will soon be appearing on businesses and homes across Lancaster County. 

    Hospice Care of South Carolina’s local Relay for Life team is selling the bows to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

    The Relay for Life team hopes every Lancaster County resident touched by cancer will be able to feel the support of the community when they see purple

    bows on mailboxes, doors and lampposts across the county.

  • Riverside Road rezoning issue on County Council's agenda

    County Council will vote on second reading to approve rezoning heavy industrial property to residential at Monday night's meeting.

    Council approved first reading of the rezoning at its last meeting. Some council members believe that the county needs for the property to remain industrial to attract new manufacturing jobs to the county, while others believe that a new residential development will bring new life to the northern part of Riverside Road.

  • Volunteers collect tons of trash here

    Lancaster County's Adopt-A-Highway volunteers made a major impact in the beautification of their communities when they removed 21,030 pounds of trash from their adopted roadsides last year.

    The S.C. Department of Transportation reports that 392 volunteers in Lancaster County picked up litter from along 62 miles of highway in 2007.

    Statewide, more than 29,000 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers picked up 1.4 million pounds of trash from more than 6,000 miles of adopted highways.

  • Woman more alert after assault at Charlotte store

    Lori Brofsky has been on edge ever since she was involved in a sexual assault a few weeks ago in Charlotte.

    The Indian Land resident was shopping at Michael's Craft Store on South Boulevard in Charlotte about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 when she noticed a man following her around the store. Brofsky, 37, thought the man may have been looking to steal, so she held her purse tightly and kept on shopping.

  • Big Thursday money split

    Considering the local economic conditions, members of the Big Thursday Scholarship committee are pleased with the amount of money raised.

    For the past several years, the committee has held a golf tournament in which corporate sponsors pledge money. There were nearly 30 sponsors at the 2007 tournament, which brought in $34,000.

    Money raised provides scholarships for Lancaster County students attending either Clemson University or the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Kershaw group to meet on park

    KERSHAW - The group working to build a community playground in Kershaw will meet Thursday.

    The steering committee heading the efforts to build the community playground will be called the Kershaw Community Park Council. It has set Thursday as Design Day to kick off the effort to build the park.

  • Waterlogged driveway hinders life at group home

    KERSHAW - The driveway to a home in Kershaw's Charlesboro community looks more like a muddy pond.

    Deep holes in the driveway on Taxahaw Road are filled with water, with some holes at least 7 inches deep. Wooden posts run alongside the driveway, which in some areas is not much wider than 10 feet.

    The house at the end of the driveway is home to five men, clients of Chester/Lancaster County Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Board. The home allows them to have some independence, and the men are like a family.

  • Some new hires to get signing bonus

    The Lancaster County School District will continue to offer a signing bonuses that officials hope will attract quality teachers.

    The school board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $1,500 signing bonus for new-hire teachers for the 2008-09 school year. The supplement is for those who teach English, math, science or special education.

    "A signing bonus is something that is appropriate," board member Peter Barry said. "This can allow us to be competitive with districts where the revenue is greater."

  • Miss South Carolina pays visit to students

    The students were mesmerized by Crystal Garrett's beauty, but it was her words that will probably have the greatest impact.

    Garrett, the reigning Miss South Carolina, told students at Clinton Elementary School on Wednesday how people didn't think she would have a chance to make it this far.

    A Columbia native, Garrett was diagnosed with allergy-induced asthma when she was 3. Doctors didn't expect her to live to see 21.