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  • 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.

  • Three die in single-vehicle wreck on S.C. 5

    An evening visiting family turned fatal for three Lancaster relatives Monday night.

    Doris McClinton, 64, Felicia McClinton, 34, and Crystal Evans, 23, died in a one-vehicle accident on S.C. 5.

    They were among seven people riding in a 2004 GMC Yukon Denali that ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The SUV was traveling east, Trooper Josef Robinson said. The wreck happened about 10:30 p.m., just west of the Old Hickory Road intersection.

  • Revolutionary War battle to be re-enacted June 7

    GREAT FALLS – A limner will be on hand at the seventh annual Battle of Beckhamville re-enactment in Great Falls.

    But what in the world is a limner?

    A limner is one who draws, paints and outlines in clear, sharp detail.

    The limner will be joined by a refugee from France who is a lace merchant, a broom maker, a tombstone carver and a man who "makes" salt.

    You'll be able to see them all during the Beckhamville re-enactment, set for June 6, 7 and 8 in Great Falls on the original battlefield.

  • Fortson proves she's no quitter

    Like a lot of graduates, Lancaster High School senior Debra Fortson is a little nervous about walking across the stage Friday night.

    She's going to wear flats. She's going to make sure there's nothing on the stage she can trip over.

    "I don't want to fall on my face," said Fortson, 18.

    But walking across the stage should be one of the easiest things Fortson has done during her high school career. The road to graduation hasn't been easy.

    When she was 13 and in the ninth grade, Fortson found out she was pregnant.

  • DeMint staffers help build Habitat house

    YouthBuild workers got a boost Tuesday morning when staffers from U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's office came to Lancaster to help them build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

    Three DeMint staffers – regional director Kelly Long and legislative aides Kimberly Gluck and Brian Eisele – joined hands with several of YouthBuild's young adults to install the insulation and drywall of a three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home.

    YouthBuild will nearly finish the house, but the Habitat for Humanity program requires "sweat equity" from the new homeowners to finish the house.

  • Kershaw town budget less than a year ago

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has good news to report. The town budget for 2008-09 is less than last year's.

    Kershaw Town Council went over the town's proposed budget with Town Administrator Tony Starnes and voted unanimously to approve it on first reading May 12.

    Mayor Tommy Baker commended Starnes' for his work to tighten up the budget.

    "He (Starnes) has reduced expenses for the town of Kershaw," Baker said about the almost 2 percent drop in the proposed budget over last year's.

  • Board names principal for IL Elementary, new HR director

    Lancaster County school board named Beth Blum the new principal at Indian Land Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Blum, who is now principal at North Hartsville Elementary School, is bringing nine years of administration experience to the post. She has been in education for 20 years.

    "I feel like I've got the experience and the love of the children," Blum said. "I think those are the things needed to be an effective administrator."

  • Catawba-Wateree Drought group says Stage 3 drought continues

    Residents and businesses are being reminded by the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group to continue restricting water use.

    Outdoor water uses, such as lawn irrigation and car washing, are still limited to no more than one day per week.

    The advisory group noted that drought conditions have not improved substantially over the last 30 days, and the Catawba-Wateree Basin remains in a Stage 3 drought.