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  • 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.

  • Soldier who died in Texas wreck buried with full military honors

    CHESTER - U.S. Army Spc. Charles Messer of Fort Lawn, a veteran of the war in Iraq, was laid to rest with full military honors at Chester Memorial Garden on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon.

    Messer, 20, died Dec. 22 when his car rolled in northeast El Paso near where he was stationed. He wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.

    Messer would have boarded a plane that same day to go home for the holidays.

    Some of his fellow soldiers who served with him in Iraq came to the funeral.

  • Sheriff's office gets $94,000 to help build firing range

    A federal grant will help the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office hit its target of building a new firing range.

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, secured $1.2 million for projects in York, Chester and Lancaster counties recently in the omnibus appropriations bill Congress approved this week. The appropriations include $94,000 for the firing range project.

    The sheriff's office now uses the Lancaster Police Department range to complete firearms qualifications, but it has been unable to complete all necessary training in this environment.

  • HS industrial park about 80 percent complete

    HEATH SPRINGS - The Heath Springs Industrial Park is nearly complete.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation President Keith Tunnell said Wednesday that the project contractor, LCI-Lineberger, has indicated that work should be done by the end of the month.

    A water line that will connect the park's system to that of the town's is being installed and sewer lines have already been installed. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is expected to test the water and sewer lines within the next few weeks.

  • Municipalities hope to see projects completed in '08

    The city of Lancaster has residential and business growth on its mind and ways to spur it in 2008, says Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw.

    Along those lines, the city hopes to have the $7 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant completed this year. The upgrade will greatly expand the plant's capacity and improve treatment quality and allow for many new customers in the city.

    "This will put us in a pretty good position for treatment expansion and growth in and around the city," Shaw said.

  • Contribution helps with infrastructure

    INDIAN LAND - Comporium is contributing $260,000 to support Inspiration Ministries' new corporate headquarters campus in the Indian Land area.

    Called City of Light, the campus is being developed on a 93-acre site located on U.S. 521, about a mile south of the S.C. 160 intersection.

    Comporium is contributing the amount allowed under the state's infrastructure tax credit law.

  • Residents already making appointments to see new doctor

    People are already in line to see the new doctor at the new Carenet primary care clinic, which will open Thursday.

    Longtime Carenet volunteer Bernadette King said people have been making appointments to see Dr. Nimal Perera, a board-certified family physician.

    "We already have 50 people who want to come," King said, laughing. "They are so excited that we'll have a doctor - one primary care doctor they can see."

    Perera is the first paid doctor to join Carenet's effort to provide primary care to anyone who needs care.

  • Closing achievement gap a goal for schools

    Student achievement and growth will continue to be top concerns for local school officials in the new year.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore lauds local administrators, teachers and students for their hard work on standardized tests such as the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, or PACT. But as state and federal test standards are raised each year, the district must not become complacent, he said.