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  • Walmart drivers honor three local children at Hearts event

    It was a scene usually reserved for stars attending a movie premiere.

    A large crowd gathered near the entrance to the Lancaster Walmart store on Thursday, many people holding signs and clutching cameras.

    Only feet from the store's produce section, the crowd burst into applause and cheers as the night's guests of honor entered the doors. But instead of Hollywood celebrities, the guests were local children and their families.

  • Several projects in the works in city for 2010

    A major expansion of the garbage transfer station, continued beautification of South Main Street and a new recycling program are some of the projects the city of Lancaster will focus on in 2010.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell points to a number of key projects that should be completed this year.

  • 2 convenience sites to see reduced operating hours

    In an effort to better manage the county’s convenience sites, Lancaster County Council will have one full-time employee work at two sites.

    Council voted 6-1 Monday to test a plan to split a full-time employee’s time between the Fort and McGill convenience sites. Councilman Jack Estridge dissented.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the idea would better manage hours for employees at these sites, which are the lowest volume sites in the county.

  • Corridor study reveals opportunities for county

    After several years of planning, months of work and thousands of man hours, the results of the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study were revealed Thursday night.

    Representatives from URG, an urban and development planning firm that conducted the study, explained the results to a packed house at the County Administration Building.

  • Due to economy, airport operator shuts down

    In another sign of the poor economy, the operator of the Lancaster County Airport recently closed its business.

    Lancaster Aviation, a private business that oversaw the day-to-day operations at the airport for more than six years, shut down on Dec. 31.

    Called a fixed-base operator, or FBO, the business was responsible for keeping the terminal open for airplanes, selling fuel and completing regular maintenance on airplanes.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the closure was a direct result of the economy.

  • Apartments near USCL burglarized

    Police say the area around the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s student apartments on Hubbard Drive was a hot spot for burglaries during December.

    Through Wednesday, police have taken 11 reports at those apartments, and another apartment complex on nearby Fowler Road, where USCL students also live.

    Police believe thieves targeted the apartments because the college students went home for the holidays.

    There have also been burglaries reported at Woodhaven Apartments on Colonial Avenue.

  • Report: Man held woman against her will and threatened to kill her

    A Lancaster man has been charged with kidnapping after a woman told deputies that he threatened her with a knife and held her against her will in her home for hours Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

    David Allen Stevens, 54, of 3007 Lynwood Drive, has also been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated criminal domestic violence.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies were called to a Lynwood Drive home at 6 a.m. Thursday after someone there called 911 and hung up.

  • Man dies in accident on S.C. 903

    KERSHAW – A 41-year-old man was killed late Thursday night on S.C. 903 after he was ejected from the sport utility vehicle he was driving.

    Scottie Privette, of Jefferson, died in the 11 p.m. crash. His official cause of death has yet to be determined, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said the man was driving a 2007 Kia sedan west on S.C. 903 about a mile from S.C. 265 when he ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and overturned in the highway.

  • Kershaw County authorities probe fatal fire

    LAKE WATEREE – Authorities are working to identity the bodies of two people found inside a home that burned about midnight Wednesday in Kershaw County.

    Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said a fire at a Baron Dekalb Road home started about midnight and destroyed the house.

    One body was recovered from the home about 3 a.m. The second was recovered about 8:30 a.m.

    Both bodies were taken to Newberry for autopsies. Authorities are using dental records to identify the bodies, Fellers said.

  • Officer faces charge in wreck

    A Lancaster Police Department investigator was found at fault in a car crash Tuesday night near the S.C. 200 North bridge at the city limits.

    Sgt. Pat Parsons was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with failure to yield right of way, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson.

    Robinson said Parsons, who was on duty and driving an unmarked 2007 Chevrolet Impala, was stopped at the stop sign on the ramp from the S.C. 9 Bypass onto S.C. 200 North about 6:10 p.m.