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  • Trains blocking traffic a concern in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Truck drivers and residents have called 911 because train cars are blocking intersections in the town of Kershaw.

    Town Councilman Morris Russell said he’s heard from constituents who are concerned about the time it takes for the trains to clear from intersections.

    Russell, a member of the Kershaw Fire Department, said he wasn’t addressing the issue from an emergency services standpoint. He said residents are complaining that it seems that it is taking longer for the trains to move through town.

  • Sheriff’s office ‘takes back’ 100 pounds of medicine

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office collected almost 100 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications during a national drug “take-back” initiative Saturday.

    The sheriff’s office collected prescription and over-the-counter drugs, anonymously, with no questions asked, at the sheriff’s office, the Buford Recreation Center and the sheriff’s office substations in Kershaw and Indian Land from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

    Totals were:

    • Lancaster: 42 pounds

    • Buford: 8 pounds

    • Kershaw: 2 pounds

  • Bernsdorff challenges Long in District 45

    As this year’s political season begins to rev up, both candidates for the District 45 House seat are addressing the top issues on voters’ minds – education and the economy. Republican incumbent Deborah Long, who won the seat in 2008, is facing off against newcomer and longtime educator Democrat Mary Bernsdorff.

    District 45 covers territory from the city of Lancaster north to Indian Land and the northern portion of York County, including Fort Mill.

    Deborah Long

  • Hog Jam is Oct. 8 and 9

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Hog Jam is set for Oct. 8 and 9.  The annual event will have music and entertainment and a barbecue cookoff.

    The festivities will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 when the Mighty Kicks will perform.   

    Festivities start at 10 a.m.  Oct. 9. There will be music all day long. Crooked Creek will play and there will be other entertainment. A horseshoe tournament will be going on throughout the day.  There will also be health screenings provided by Kershaw Health.

  • 3 accused of bilking money from man

    Three Lancaster residents have been charged with taking thousands of dollars from an elderly man who believed one of them was an undercover officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Kevin Mark Shute, 39, and his wife, Lana McNeil Shute, 26, both of 1217 Laurel Ave., and Kenneth Earl Johnson, 48, of 1444 Pink Dogwood Ave., have been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with obtaining goods by false pretenses over $10,000.

    Johnson has also been charged with impersonating a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of crack cocaine.

  • Four-way stop signs erected at intersection near school

    They’re covered in plastic and topped with bright orange flags right now, but those are new stop signs at French and Dunlap streets.

    Within a few weeks, the intersection will become a four-way stop, with the new signs on French Street going into effect.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said his department received numerous complaints last year about traffic problems during arrival and dismissal times for Discovery School, which is near the intersection.

  • Council to consider upgrades for courthouse restoration

    County Council will consider several additions to the historic courthouse construction project at its Tuesday meeting.

    Council is scheduled to discuss additional work needed on the project. It would be completed using money from the new courthouse contingency fund.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the fund has barely been used and can be used for upgrades on the historic courthouse restoration project. The additional projects include construction of sidewalks and a retaining wall.

  • Bruins to show their spirit

    “Once a Bruin, always a Bruin.”  

    That’s the message given to the freshman when they arrive at Lancaster High School every fall.  “You are now part of a family.”

    Homecoming is a time for alumni to return to cheer on the football team and celebrate being a Bruin.  This year, Lancaster High School students and alumni are getting a chance to live this message of family and the Bruin community. 

  • McDonald Green: A mix of young, veteran members

    Not long ago, Thomas Hagwood walked the halls of Lancaster High School.

    His daily chats centered on class schedules, favorite teachers and pop quizzes. At lunch, he’d joke around with friends and discuss sports, music and girls. His outfits were casual.

    Now, three years later, Thomas finds himself in a different setting. His conversations are more serious, and so is his attire. One look at him, and you can tell he’s someone who protects his community.

  • Judge denies bond to man charged in child’s death

    One of the men charged in the killing of a 3-year-old girl in May was in court on Friday hoping to receive bond.

    Marico Lamont Stevens, 29, of 2517 Douglas Road, Lancaster, has been charged with murder in the death of Jaylen Jackson.

    A bond hearing was held Friday for Stevens.

    Judge Craig Brown denied bond for Stevens, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Stevens was one of several men involved in a gunfight in May on Athena Road. Jackson was seated in a car when she was caught in the crossfire and shot in the head.