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  • Olde Presbyterian Church Cemetery a vital link to Lancaster’s past

    The Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery has become a vital link to Lancaster’s past.

    In his role as unofficial local historian, Lindsay Pettus gets an occasional phone call from someone   tracing their family roots to there.

    “It’s not unusual to ride by there and see someone in the cemetery searching for someone,” Pettus said. “It happens all the time.”

  • Kershaw raises water rates for prison

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Correctional Institution and agricultural processing company ADM will soon pay more for the water they use.

    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously on separate motions at its May 21 meeting to increase water rates for the two entities. Rates for all other town customers remain unchanged.

    KCI, which is outside the town limits on Gold Mine Highway, pays about $64,000 a month for water. Town officials had been looking at a percentage hike on water rates for some time to generate additional revenue.

  • Hurricane season is here

    The gusty winds and high waters spawned by hurricanes aren’t just threats to coastal residents.

    Because of the storms’ far-reaching impact, emergency officials across the state and nationwide are stressing preparedness for everyone as we enter the 2012 hurricane season.

  • Police trying to sort out Tuesday shooting

    Police are on the hunt for whoever shot a Lancaster man in the hand Tuesday night, May 29. 

    Several officers were called to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital shortly before 10 p.m. about a man who was being treated for a gunshot wound, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    A dispatcher informed officers the shooting might have happened during an attempted robbery in the New Town area. 

  • 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.