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  • Deputies seek man on kidnapping, sex charges

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man investigators say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from her home, dragged her by her hair and threatened to kill her on Sept. 10.

    Warrants have been obtained charging Demarkeo Jamar Wright, 24, of 313 Robinson Road, Lancaster, charging him with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

  • Could bones be of missing man?

    KERSHAW – It may take some time to determine the identity of the remains found in Kershaw on Friday night.

    A Kershaw resident called the sheriff’s office after his dog found the bones and brought them into his yard, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The remains were found off Decree Road, near Old Lancaster Highway and U.S. 521 South in the town of Kershaw. The area is not too far from Andrew Jackson High School.  

  • Council meets with gubernatorial candidates

    Who will it be – Vincent Sheheen or Nikki Haley?

    South Carolina voters will decide who will be the next governor in about a month.

    However, some area officials met recently with both gubernatorial candidates, Republican Haley and Democrat Sheheen, to express concerns about job creation and education funding.

  • City Council divided on grants

    There continues to be heated discussion over the way the city of Lancaster awards hospitality tax grant funding.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted 4-3 on its hospitality tax committee’s recommendation to award funding to five groups for the first quarter of 2010-11. The city had $40,000 in funds to award.

    Groups awarded funds are:

    • Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, $10,849 for its 2010-11 season

    • Lancaster County Council of the Arts, $7,843 for “The Nutcracker Ballet”

  • Trooper smashes cruiser into tree

    An on-duty S.C. Highway Patrol trooper received minor injuries when he crashed into a tree while trying to avoid a head-on collision Tuesday.

    Lance Cpl. Christopher Logan, 37, was headed west on Pageland Highway about 7:10 p.m. when he encountered a brown or tan Dodge Intrepid in his lane.

  • 40-year firefighters not ready to call it a day

    VAN WYCK – Last year, Jim Williams seriously considered hanging up his fireman’s helmet.

    After almost 40 years of service with the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, Williams, then 78, felt the time was right. He had assisted in thousands of calls during his years of service and was looking at retiring.

    That was until a call came in over the radio about a man trapped underneath a fallen tree. Williams heeded the call and was the first on the scene.

  • 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.