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  • CSI: Lancaster, Deputies receive forensic training

    At a recent house fire, Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy Ken Taylor collected bits of burned debris from two parts of the home.

    The debris was sent to the State Law Enforcement Division’s laboratory to be analyzed, in hopes of determining how the suspicious fire started.

    Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Steele responded to a murder scene at a home in Kershaw, documenting the scene through photographs and collecting shell casings and cartridges.

  • Man sees, photographs ‘upside-down tornado’ while fishing

    HEATH SPRINGS – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it some weird UFO-shaped cloud?

    Kevin Todd took photos of a strange cloud formation that he described as an “upside-down tornado” while fishing at a pond in Rich Hill on Monday night.

    Todd is convinced what he saw was the beginning of a tornado close to sundown. He caught about 20 bass and panfish at the pond, then saw a large rainbow.

    Tornado watches had been posted for nearby counties and there was rain in the area, but no tornado watch or warning was issued for Lancaster County.

  • Man, 23, arrested in shooting death

    A Lancaster man has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man on Monday.

    Jonathan Duvall Reid, 23, of 436 W. Brooklyn St., has been charged with murder, according to a press release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Charles Douglas Harris Jr., 21, of 2014 Pinta Drive, died after being shot once while in a car on Wednesday near 15th Street.

  • County, city to partner on block grant

    Clara Jones is pleased with Lancaster City Council’s decision Tuesday night.

    Jones was among the dozens of residents from the Westwood community who attended the meeting to see whether council would be willing to help fund waterline improvements in her neighborhood.

    Council voted 6-0 to provide $90,460 toward the project. Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

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  • Founders to begin occupying its new headquarters in May

    After more than a year of construction, the new headquarters for Founders Federal Credit Union at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads is almost complete.

    Bruce Brumfield, president and chief executive officer of Founders, said the new three-level 110,000-square-foot, $32 million headquarters should be ready for employees by the end of May. The building will consolidate four locations into one and will house offices for Founders’ call center, accounting, human resources, training, marketing and administrative departments.

  • AJ High mourns loss of student after crash

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School students and faculty held a moment of silence Thursday morning to remember junior Daniel Sullivan, who died Wednesday from injuries he received in a car accident on Saturday.

    “That was tough for everybody,” said AJHS Principal Mary Barry. “The silence was absolutely deafening.”

    Daniel Sullivan, 16, was in a crash in Kershaw County on Saturday. He died Wednesday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Another AJHS student, Kyle Cantu, 18, broke his collarbone and a rib in the crash.

  • Stamp Out Hunger drive to aid HOPE

    Helping the hungry in Lancaster County is as easy as going to your mailbox on Saturday.

    The United Way of Lancaster County is coordinating with local letter and rural mail carriers to collect food for HOPE in Lancaster.

    HOPE has a food bank and assists families with rent, mortgage and utility payments.

    To help Stamp Out Hunger in Lancaster this year, leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery Saturday.

  • Kershaw hosting Spring-A-Thon

    KERSHAW – Come on down to the town’s annual Spring-A-Thon festival tonight for carnival rides and good beach music.

    The festival kicked off Thursday in downtown Kershaw with carnival rides, which will continue through Saturday. Tonight, The Embers will take the stage at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

    “We encourage all shaggers to come on down and dance until they drop,” said festival organizer and Kershaw Chamber of Commerce President Sheila Hinson. The chamber is hosting the event.

  • Did you return your census form?

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs and Van Wyck residents may get a knock at their door in the coming weeks as census takers begin visiting homes that did not return a census form.

    Census forms were mailed only to homes with a street address, not post office boxes, in the first phase of the national tally. About half of Heath Springs’ residents receive their mail by post office box and many Van Wyck residents use post office boxes as well.

  • 21 years after leaving college, IL resident to complete degree

    For a long time, Jennifer Kirby never imagined she’d be able to call herself a college graduate.

    Kirby attended Columbus State University in Georgia off and on from 1987 to 1989. The next year, she got married and moved with her husband to Kentucky.

    A few years later, she had the first of three daughters and became a stay-at-home mother for 10 years.

    A college degree was not on her list of priorities.