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  • Time to reflect

    There are 197 names on the war memorial at Lancaster’s Memorial Park and it’s important to recall what all of them did.

    Killed in action, these 197 paid the ultimate price to preserve America’s freedom, said Ernest Stroud, legislative chairman of the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and chaplain of American Legion Post 31.

  • Kershaw considers company’s offer of free skatepark equipment

    KERSHAW – For those who love skateboarding, the town of Kershaw could one day serve as your favorite in-county destination.

    Beverly Timmons of the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) gave a presentation to Town Council at its May 21 meeting about bringing a skatepark to the town.

    Timmons said the company Skatewave has offered the KCPC about $98,000 worth of ramps and other equipment that would allow a skatepark to be built, possibly in Stevens Park.

  • Former career center teacher dies in motorcycle crash

    A Lancaster man died following a motorcycle accident Saturday, May 26, that may have been caused by a medical emergency.

    Meanwhile, the man’s family is dealing with his death by remembering his love of life.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said Richard “Ricky” Wayne Baker, 57, of 2760 Pink Plyler Road, Lancaster, was driving his 2002 Harley Davidson south on Cedar Creek Road (S.C. 97) when he ran off the left side of the highway about 3.5 miles south of Green Road.

  • Vick arrested on DUI, weapon and speeding charges

    PAGELAND – State Rep. Ted M. Vick, 39, of Chesterfield was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, May 24, in Columbia. Vick was   arrested for   speeding, driving under the influence and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

  • Three fires during holiday weekend

    Firefighters tackled three blazes throughout the county during the Memorial Day weekend, two of which may be suspicious.

    The first fire happened at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at a singlewide mobile home in the 1700 block of Dan Funderburk Road. 

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire after a neighbor called it in. 

    “A neighbor through the woods called us because they heard something popping and cracking,” Blackwelder said. 

  • Rock Hill police charge local man for nightclub murder

    ROCK HILL – Hours after a Charlotte man was shot to death outside a Rock Hill nightclub, local authorities arrested a Lancaster man in connection with the murder. 

    Jacques “Joc” Larrell Waiters, 23, 1514 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Saturday, May 26, by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on a Rock Hill murder warrant, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Kershaw’s Youth Serve program starts next week

    KERSHAW – Through the hammers, nails and roof shingles, area teens will soon pick up some valuable lessons that should extend way beyond home repairs.

    The Youth Serve summer program in Kershaw is gearing up for its 18th year. The teen-service initiative allows youth ages 13 to 18 to perform community service while engaging in mentorship and fellowship.

  • Initial budget reading passes muster

    Rising insurance costs, extra county personnel and an updated E-911 system weighed heavily on the minds of county officials as Lancaster County Council took its first look at the county’s budget Monday night, May 21. 

    Council voted 6-0 to approve first reading of the county’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013. Councilman Larry McCullough was not at the meeting. 

  • One to grow on

    COLUMBIA – A tough loss did little to tarnish a banner season that saw the Indian Land Warriors soccer team earn the silver trophy in its run for the Class AA state  gold.

    The Warriors, who finished 21-5, took home the silver medals and a state runner-up trophy after falling to Class AA Lower State champion Academic Magnet, 5-0, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.

  • Jobless rate drops to 11.1 percent

    An increase in Lancaster County’s reported labor force coincides with another drop in its monthly jobless rate.

    The county had a 11.1 percent unemployment rate for April, a considerable dip from the 11.6 posted in March, according to statistics released last week from by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    There were 30,372 people in Lancaster County’s labor force last month, a jump of 39 from the 30,533 reported for March. The official unemployment level for the county is now at 3,379.