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  • 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.

  • Breaking NewsForecast calls for less than half inch of snow

    Residents will likely have to stay up late to see any snow falling over Lancaster County.

    There is a chance of rain and snow tonight before 11 p.m., then snow is expected to fall after 11 p.m., with accumulations of less than half an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Any snow that falls isn't expected to stick around long, forecasters say.

    The possibility of snow will usher in cold weather for the weekend. Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and Friday night's low will be 19.

  • Sanford not calling for axing USCL this year

    Dr. John Catalano said Thursday was a great day for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Catalano, the dean at USCL, waited anxiously Thursday for the release of Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2010-11 budget.

    And when it was released, he was pleased to see it wasn’t a repeat of the last year, when the governor called for closing USCL.

    In his new budget, Sanford calls for funding USCL with $1.9 million next fiscal year.

  • TEA Party set for Saturday

    As Democrats in Congress work to finalize a health-care bill, Lancaster is gearing up for its fourth TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party on Saturday.

    The event will be held outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. If the weather is too cold, the event will be moved inside. The event begins at 11 a.m. and should last about two hours.

  • Forecast calls for more bitter cold temperatures

    Snow or not Thursday night, this weekend will continue a stretch of near record-breaking cold.

    Forecasters said there was a 50 percent chance of snow overnight Thursday.

    Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and with a low of 19 tonight.

    Saturday and Sunday will also be sunny, with a high in the upper-30s and lows in the teens.

    It’s cold, but not record-breaking, said Wes Tyler of the S.C. State Climatology Office. However, Tyler said this is the longest stretch of cold weather with low temperatures at 20 degrees or below since 1981.