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  • Matt Blackwell Foundation awards five high school seniors scholarships

    Five Lancaster County high school seniors were spotlighted at the seventh annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Scholarship banquet Feb. 19 at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The five scholarship recipients included two from Lancaster High School –  Danielle Gainey and Steven Khoury. Blackwell Foundation Scholarships were also presented to Rebekah Bowers of Andrew Jackson High School, Nathan Folks of Indian Land High School and Taylor Threatt of Buford High School.

  • Siblings reflect on being among first blacks to attend BHS

    Peggy Wright-Porter said her experience at Buford High School in 1966 was more enjoyable than what some friends and family feared.

    Porter and her brothers, Roderick and Frederick Wright, were among the group of black students who desegregated the school that year. The Wrights, who lived in the Buford community, came over from Hillside Elementary and High School, an all-black school that served students mainly in the Heath Springs and Kershaw areas of the county.

  • Man rescued from burning home

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man was taken to a North Carolina burn center after a fire broke out at his Henry Harris Road home late Tuesday morning.

    Fire departments were called to the fire at 11:14 a.m., said Stephen Blackwelder of Lancaster County Fire Service. Indian Land, Pleasant Valley, Fort Mill

     and Wesley Chapel, with 32 firefighters in all, responded to the fire. Lancaster County Fire Service officials also responded.

    The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the 57-year-old man’s house.

  • Chiropractor goes out on his own

    INDIAN LAND – Southern States Spine and Muscle Rehab has a new identity. It is now Carolina Chiropractic and Wellness.

    Owner Dr. Adam Cooper says the name change reflects his new ownership of the business, as well as its new offerings.

    The business first opened at its 8763 Charlotte Highway location in May 2004 and has grown along with the community. Originally a satellite location of Lancaster-based Southern States Spine and Muscle Rehab, the business became an independent entity in January.

  • Riverside Road rezoning closer to being finalized

    A Texas company is closer to developing 2,000 acres on Riverside Road.

    LGI Group has requested that its property be rezoned from heavy industrial to low-density residential, which allows for 1.5 homes per acre.

    Some County Council members believe developing the property for homes will help rejuvenate the Riverside Road area.

    Other councilmen think the property should remain heavy industrial in hopes that it will attract a manufacturing company – and jobs – to the county.

  • Mark Sanford to stump here for Mulvaney's Senate campaign

    Gov. Mark Sanford will be in Lancaster County on Friday to stump for state Senate candidate Mick Mulvaney.

    Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, is touring the Fort Mill, Indian Land and Lancaster areas Friday to formally kick off his campaign for state

    Senate District 16. Mulvaney has served the last two years in the state House for District 45.

    Mulvaney announced his plans to seek the Senate seat earlier this year. He said Sanford will be here to stump for him, but will likely be pushing

    some policy initiatives as well.

  • Ex-fugitive gets life sentence

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced in federal court Friday after being a fugitive for more than three years, U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd said. 

    James Blackmon, 38, was sentenced to life in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr.

    In December 2002, the Lancaster County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force received a tip that Blackmon had large amounts of drugs in his house

  • 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.