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  • Man, 22, dies after cycle wreck

    Stephanie Carnes is trying to understand how her son's life was taken away so suddenly.

    Russell Cory Kennington, 22, died Wednesday from injuries he suffered Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Palmer Lloyd Road, just feet from his home.

    Kennington, who was riding a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, was traveling east at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday when he ran off the right side of the road and was thrown into a wooded area, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • USCL program focuses on Native American studies

    Scholars from throughout the Southeast will gather at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster next week to add new dimensions to the campus' annual Native American Studies Week.

    The celebration, which looks at Native American history and culture in this area, will feature speakers from the Catawba Nation, the University of North Carolina, the University of South Carolina and Warren Wilson College.

    All events are free and open to the public.

  • GOP hopefuls speak at meeting

    The Lancaster County Republican Party offered a chance for the public to meet GOP candidates for local and state office on Tuesday night and, perhaps, give supporters a confidence boost.

    "Our worst candidate will still be better than the Democrats' best candidate," said Winston Smith, chairman of the GOP in Lancaster County, during the meeting, held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    County Council candidates speak

  • Couple wants teeth added to leash laws

    When Lois Zarrelli calls her little lambs, they come running as a herd with a pitter patter of tiny hooves down the hallway on the tile floor.

    Hallway? Tile floor?

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Lois and Neal Zarrelli have taken to keeping their lambs indoors.

    The Zarrellis have spent the last two Sundays not in church, but dealing with dead sheep. The Buford residents say a neighborhood dog has decimated their sheep herd, which has gone from 23 to six in the past three months.

  • Steppers competition coming to Heath Springs on Saturday

    Wanda McKinney says her step team is ready to take on all challengers at a local competition this weekend in Heath Springs.

    McKinney, who coaches the Buford Middle School step team, has her squad practicing every day after school in hopes of producing a top showing during the first ever Carolinas Steppers step-off competition, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Heath Springs Elementary School.

    The Buford Middle step team, known as Next Faze, is one of six teams that have registered thus far for the competition, which will benefit the Military Spousal Support Center.

  • Forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway are teaming up to give voters a chance to question political candidates before the June 10 primaries.

    The candidate forum begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Indian Land Middle School gym. Organizers said the forum will be held to 90 minutes. Each candidate will have three to five minutes to introduce themselves before the question and answer session starts, said Indian Land Action Council Secretary Karen Smith.

  • Walk raises $5,000 for KLS foundation

    Despite the gloomy weather and the lack of famous athletes who were able to make it last year, local volunteers for Kleine-Levin Sydrome awareness and fundraising still saw a nice return on efforts at this year’s walk.

    The second annual Ryan McKinney walk, held March 29 at the Lancaster High School track, raised $5,000 to be sent to the KLS National Foundation for research efforts into the cause and treatment of the neurological disorder, which causes sufferers to sleep up to 20 hours a day with awake hours of confusion, fatigue and irregular eating habits.

  • Natural gas customers charged twice

    Many natural gas customers in Lancaster County were seeing double on their bank statements last week as a result of an electronic drafting error.

    Officials with Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority say about 3,300 people were charged twice for services this month. The affected customers have payments automatically drawn from their bank accounts each month.

    First Citizens Bank handles those ACH, or automatic clearinghouse, transactions for the gas authority.

  • State education superintendent pushes reform agenda at meeting

    One of the local Rotary clubs got a visit this week from South Carolina's top education official.

    Dr. Jim Rex, the state's superintendent of education, was Lancaster Rotary's guest speaker at its weekly lunch club meeting, held Thursday at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room.

    Rex, who has been in office over a year now, revisited his five key areas for reform in South Carolina public education, which are:

    - Greater demand and support for innovation

    - More choice

    - A new accountability system

    - Funding

  • USCL honors OSPy winners

     

    Opportunity Scholars got folks at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the mood for the Beijing Olympics during the program's annual awards lunch Wednesday.

    Students and faculty alike ran into the multi-purpose room at the university's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building waving paper streamer flags to the "Rocky" and Olympic theme songs to kick off the awards lunch, called the OSPy Awards.