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  • Man, 29, dies in wreck

    A 29-year-old Lancaster man died early Saturday morning after a single-vehicle accident.

    Jason Shawn Payne, of 681 Adams Lane, Lancaster, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup south on S.C. 522 in the Buford community when he veered off the road about 2:40 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Neal Bradley.

    "He ran off the right side of the road, overturned and was ejected from the vehicle," Bradley said.

    Payne was going between 70 and 75 mph in a 55-mph speed zone, Bradley said.

  • Oprah inspires girl to grow hair and then get it cut off

    Just wanting to help out other kids was the goal of 9-year-old Gabriella Plyler.

    Gabriella decided to participate in Locks of Love, where you grow your hair, then get it cut to make a wig for a child in need.

    "I want to help out the people that don't have any hair," Gabriella said.

    Gabriella learned about Locks of Love on an episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and decided that it was something that she wanted to do. It took her a year to grow her hair to the minimum six-inch ponytail that is required for making the wigs.

  • Murphy enjoys helping county residents

    A Lancaster County employee who has spent all of her career working in government was recently recognized as the county's employee of the quarter.

    Assessor's office employee Suzette Murphy received a plaque from County Council in November.

    Murphy has been working for the county for 18 years. Before that, she worked as assistant clerk for the town of Kershaw.

    It's helping residents that Murphy likes best about working in county government.

  • English professor's poetry focuses on everyday things

    There's no complex formula to her poetry. It's all about observing the world and taking note of the small things around you.

    Dr. Lisa Hammond, an English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, recently had a book of her poetry, "Moving Houses," published.

    She has written poetry most of her life, but this is the first time she's had a collection of her work published.

  • 12-year-old boy impresses Heath Springs officials

    HEATH SPRINGS – It's not all the time you find a 12-year-old boy who would rather work instead of play video games and ride bikes, but Anthony Ledford is different.

    He's a boy who does a lot of volunteer work in Heath Springs.

    Ledford, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, was recognized by Heath Springs Town Council on Nov. 19 for his work, mainly at the town fire department. He received a plaque for his volunteer work.

  • IL Action Council's first president calls it quits

    INDIAN LAND _ The Indian Land Action Council has a new president.

    Former president Mack McDonald recently resigned as president of the group, which was started by County Councilman Bryan Vaughn as an advisory board to him in his efforts as Indian Land's county representative.

    McDonald's reason?

  • Officials to break ground Sunday for IL library

    INDIAN LAND – Book lovers in Indian Land will feel the earth move on Sunday.

    Well, maybe they won't feel it move from the ceremonial shovels of dirt, but they'll see it move, during the groundbreaking for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    The ceremony, which should last about 20 minutes, begins at 3 p.m. at the site, on U.S. 521 across from Jim Wilson Road. It will be followed by cookies and coffee.

  • Parade season begins Saturday in Kershaw

    The Christmas parade season in Lancaster County starts Saturday when the town of Kershaw hosts its parade.

    The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., will run south through the downtown area on Hampton Street, from Hilton Street to the bypass.

    Sherie Russell, secretary of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that the parade has almost 60 entries, but additional entries are still being accepted.

    The Kershaw chamber sponsors the parade.

  • Annual Christmas Basket drive seeks donations to help families

    Many families in need of financial support will benefit from an annual fund that provides assistance during the holidays.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket is up and going and has raised more than $300 in the first few days of the 2007 campaign.

    The fund, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, provides food vouchers to local families that can be used to buy groceries at local stores.

  • Grants will benefit First Steps' programs

    Lancaster County First Steps has received a series of grants that will enhance its services as it prepares to move into a new building in January.

    The child school readiness agency's office has been housed on Arch Street for years and will move to a Wylie Street location – providing space for more than 60 child-care workers to train, a new parenting resource center and extra space for storage.

    "We have looked for a location for about a year," director Lora Bryson said. "We're very excited to be able to have space that we can utilize in a more efficient manner."