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  • Red Ventures asks county to change name of road

    Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures has petitioned the Lancaster County Planning Commission to rename the road on which it is located.

    Meanwhile, an official with the community group Indian Land Voices said she’d like to see the county use the opportunity to encourage Red Ventures to begin using “Indian Land” to identify the location of its headquarters instead of “Fort Mill.”

  • Police chief requests, get new stop sign for Wilson Drive

    An extra stop sign will be installed to help regulate traffic near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    At its Tuesday, March 12, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to honor a request from Lancaster Police Chief

    Harlean Howard, who wanted a sign placed at the intersection of Wilson Drive and Hardin Street.

    Wilson Drive, which is off Hubbard Drive, meets Hardin Street at two points. The extra sign will be placed at the more southern of the two points.

  • Gregory co-sponsors school bill

    State Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster County is a co-sponsor of a new school choice bill that mirrors a similar bill approved by House Republicans last year, that later died in the Senate.

    S.279 is the latest in a series of such bills over the past decade. Supporters say such bills would offer parents more say in their children’s educations, though critics maintain the bills would take money away from public education.

    “It’s a bill that’s been around for a number of sessions, but we’ve never had much success in advancing it,”

  • Kershaw election set for Tuesday

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will head to the polls Tuesday, March 12, to decide the look of Town Council for the next few years.

    Three seats are up for election this year – District 3, District 4 and an At-Large seat.

    Jody Connell, Charles Stroud and William “Bill” Walters II are vying for District 3. Harvey Truesdale is running unopposed in District 4 while Eddie Coates faces no opposition as he seeks a second term for his At-Large seat.

  • Lancaster County man in critical condition

    A Lancaster man was seriously injured and charged with DUI in a single car accident Friday afternoon.

    The accident occurred around 4:17 p.m. when Kevin H. Cole, 39, ran off the road on a long curve near the Kershaw County line about 5.2 miles south of Cedar Creek Crossroads.  

    Cole’s 1986 cream-colored Cadillac DeVille traveled over the edge of five-foot embankment, plowed through approximately 150 feet of muddy ground, before coming to a rest on its passenger side when it struck and knocked over a tree.

  • Fewer youth behind bars

    There’s apparently been a major decline in the number of young people behind bars.

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nationwide children’s advocacy group, released data late last month that highlights incarceration rates among people younger than 21. The study took the numbers from a single day in 1997 for the nation and compared those to a single day in 2010.

    The same was done for each state and the District of Columbia. The rate per 100,000 youth was used to compute the figures.

  • A good stretch of the legs

    When thoughts drift to the rolling hills of Ireland, most people conjure up images of fields of four-leaf clovers, magical leprechauns and dazzling rainbows.

    For newlyweds Doug and Christy Barnes, who celebrated New Year’s Day in the region of Moyard on the western coast of Ireland, one out of three isn’t bad.

  • City license proposal on hold

    Dean Faile wanted Lancaster City Council to think about perception.

    He listed a few notable politicians and celebrities, and asked council members to marinate on the first thoughts that come to mind. President Barack Obama, former Sen. Jim DeMint and Tiger Woods were among the names.

    Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, then asked council to think about the city of Lancaster’s perception. He said community pride is in the forefront.

  • Lancaster man charged with racketeering

    A multi-state racketeering investigation into an illegal internet casino operation resulted in the arrest of a Lancaster man and eight others across South Carolina on Tuesday, March 12.

    Leonard Doyle Lucas, 57, 490 Shoreline Drive, was arrested March 1 on multiple charges related to the investigation of a Florida-based non-profit corporation called Allied Veterans of the World Inc. and Affiliates, according to a S.C. Law Enforcement Division press release.

  • Woman faces drunk driving, child endangerment charges after chase

    A Lancaster woman remains behind bars on DUI and child endangerment charges, almost a week after authorities noticed her car swerving along a county road.

    Candice Lynn Crawford, 25, 324 Elm St., was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 9, and charged with child endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw. Authorities say Crawford had three young children in the car with her when she was stopped.