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  • Officers arrest 12 in drug roundup

    You may have seen a helicopter hovering over areas of Lancaster County on Friday.

    It was the S.C. National Guard, helping the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office look for criminals from the sky as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.

    Friday's operation was the final phase of a six-month drug operation, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Plans for new Kershaw town hall unveiled

    KERSHAW - Plans are now complete for the new Kershaw Town Hall, a project that has been on the town's wish list for some time.

    While interior decorating details haven't been determined yet, the bulk of the 6,400-square-foot building has been.

    "It's very basic, but very nice" said the building's architect Ed Bowers.

    Bowers is an architect with Millennium 3 Architects of Charlotte.

    The building will include space for administration, law enforcement and court officials.

  • Simpson to chair state board

    A Lancaster resident will be chairman of the S.C. Board of Education in 2008.

    Al Simpson has served on the board since 2006 and was elected as the 2008 chairman later that year.

    The state board chooses its chairman a year in advance.

    "I appreciate the confidence my colleagues on the board have put in me," said Simpson, the representative for the state's 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties. "I'm somewhat humbled by it."

  • Two Iraq War veterans in the family

    HEATH SPRINGS - Patriotism runs deep in the Martin family of Heath Springs, and it shows in the military commitments of one man and his stepson.

    Howard Martin Jr., 37, is a sergeant in the Palmetto Thunder unit of the Army National Guard and his stepson, Tracy Denkins Jr., 20, is a specialist in the U.S. Army. Both have served in Iraq, and both men are proud to continue the family's military legacy.

  • A.R. Rucker teams prep for state contest

    Some local students have been using Lego building blocks to learn more about technology and their environment.

    A.R. Rucker Middle School has fielded two teams that are participating in this year's South Carolina FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge.

    FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

    Each team had to build and program a robot that can complete various tasks in pit areas that tie into energy use. This year's theme is Power Puzzle.

    A.R. Rucker Middle's two teams are called the Hot Robots and the Yellow Jackets.

  • City, county may buy property together

    City and county officials are working together to buy land that could possibly be home to several local functions.

    County Council will vote on a resolution Monday night to commit to buy land where Perry's Texaco and Mullis Brothers Real Estate are on Main Street.

    Eventually, the city and county would like to see a welcome center that would house the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and See Lancaster.

  • Authorities: Teens stole car, rammed it into gun shop

    Authorities say at least five teenagers are responsible for stealing a vehicle early Sunday morning and driving it into a gun shop to take firearms.

    Deqwon Blackmon, 17, of 5908 Henderson Road; Dendrel Campbell, 16, of 1515 Carmel Road; Jerel Lamar Davis, 17, of 3104 Carolina Court; James Edward White, 16, of 514 Carabrook Road, Apartment 1; and a 15-year-old Lancaster boy have each been charged with second-degree burglary, violent.

  • Two men hurt in wreck

    A Lancaster County resident and another man are in serious condition after being involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning.

    Presnell Elbert, 65, of Kershaw was driving a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup east on Holiday Road and David McCormick, 64, of Mount Holly, N.C., was heading north on Sunshine Road when the two collided, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Elbert ran a stop sign and struck McCormick, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson. The accident happened just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Gregory to step down from Senate

    The Republican state senator from Lancaster County won't be seeking re-election this year.

    Sen. Chauncey K. "Greg" Gregory wrote a letter and called and e-mailed friends and associates earlier this week about his intentions.

    In a letter sent to The Lancaster News, Gregory, 44, wrote that he has been blessed by the support of residents from Fort Mill to Kershaw and Winnsboro. When his term ends in 2008, he'll have served in the Senate "as long as anyone since the formation of Lancaster County," a total of 16 years.

  • Landmark looks into selling papers

    Landmark Communications Inc., parent company of The Lancaster News, has hired national investment firms to explore selling the Norfolk, Va.-based company.

    "I can confirm that Landmark Communications has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

    He declined to say whether the company would be sold in whole or part, or at all.