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  • Man accused of carjacking

    A trip to Kmart turned to terror for one Lancaster mother, as a man stole her car with her two sons still inside from the store parking lot Thursday night.

    Phillip Keith Sims, 31, of 3346 Pageland Highway, has been charged with carjacking, using a knife during commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

    Police say Sims stole a gray van from a 29-year-old woman in the Kmart parking lot on North Main Street after she had just secured her two sons in their car seats, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m.

  • Three Democrats, two Republicans vie for District 45 seat

    With the largest field of candidates for any local race this year, the race for S.C. House District 45 seat offers voters both diverse ideas and personalities.

    But on June 10, both the Democratic and Republican parties will narrow the field to just their nominees with an open primary.

    Current S.C. House District 45 Representative Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, will not be seeking re-election since he's vying for the S.C. Senate District 16 seat with Democrat Mandy Powers-Norrell.

    Democratic field

  • Present every day for 12 years of school

    A friendly rivalry kept two Buford High School seniors going to school each and every day.

    It wasn't to achieve the highest grade point average or the best scores in sports.

    It was literally to come to school each day.

    Buford High's Joseph Morris and James Ellis, both 18, are the only two 2008 graduates in the Lancaster County School District to achieve 12 years of perfect attendance.

    "My mother made me go to school," said Morris, the son of Libby and Joey Morris. "So I can't take full credit for it. I don't get sick."

  • Summertime Fun program aims to help HS students

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Elementary School is about to start a program that faculty members hope will help students retain what they learned during the previous school year.

    The school will sponsor Summertime Fun each Tuesday to July 29.

    Any student returning to Heath Springs Elementary for the 2008-09 year can attend the program. The Summertime Fun program starts this Tuesday.

  • Man faces charge for failing to register as sex offender

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County sheriff's deputies have arrested a convicted sex offender after officers at neighboring police departments told local deputies to be on the alert for him.

    Robert Steven Smith, 39, of 7362 Charlotte Highway, was charged May 23 with failure to register as a sex offender.

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Holland said Smith has been convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in North Carolina. A convicted sex offender is required to register with the local sheriff's office within 10 days of a move.

  • Dog owner doggone mad

    INDIAN LAND –An Indian Land dog owner wants to know why her dog was left at Lancaster County Animal Control for 18 hours with a bullet wound to his jaw.

    Sally Barnette said her 5-year-old boxer, Momo, came home May 22, after having part of his jaw removed. He was shot by a Lancaster County sheriff's deputy.

    Barnette said she was out of town on May 18, when Momo was shot. She said Momo and her female boxer, Mimi, both got out of their pen and went into neighbor Michael Schoeppner's yard.

  • Air show operates at loss of $75,000

    While the Palmetto Thunder Air Show may have provided satisfying entertainment to many at the Lancaster County Airport on May 17 and 18, it didn't bring in the money organizers had hoped.

    In fact, it operated at a deficit of $75,000.

    Most of that came from a $60,000 shortfall in expected ticket revenue, with $64,000 coming in versus the $120,000 to $125,000 projected. The cost of fuel at the airport was also $15,000 more than expected, largely due to the increased cost of fuel since the air show budget was created.

  • Family copes with loss of 3 relatives

    Three lives were lost in a flash Monday.

    A mother. A daughter. A granddaughter.

    Doris McClinton, Felicia McClinton and Crystal Evans were heading back from a Memorial Day event at a relative's house in Rock Hill when the unthinkable happened.

    The SUV they were riding in hit a tree. They died right there.

    Nobody had a chance to say goodbye. There were no final "I love yous." Now family members are coping with the awful feeling of losing three loved ones in an instant.

    A frantic situation

  • Economist says next two years will be slow

    Things don't look so good for the national economy over the next two years, said a visiting economist at Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's first economic forum on May 20.

    Steve Rick, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the chamber's membership that times are tough and will get tougher. The group met over breakfast at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Building.

  • Woman, 46, dies in cycle crash

    ROCK HILL – A Lancaster woman was killed over the weekend in a three-vehicle accident in York County.

    Peggy Landry, 46, was driving a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle about 4:20 p.m. Saturday when she was struck from behind by a Dodge pickup, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident occurred east of Rock Hill on Lesslie Highway at the Springdale Road intersection.