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  • Apache helicopter makes emergency landing

    KERSHAW – It’s not often that a sheriff’s office incident report lists “military gunship” as a vehicle type.

    But a military gunship, specifically an Apache helicopter, made an emergency landing on Estridge Road in Kershaw on Sunday and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded.

    According to the incident report, deputies were called to the area of Estridge Road and Jefferson Highway about 3 p.m.

  • A wish come true

    KERSHAW – Talf Wrenn may only be 15, but he has crammed more experiences into those years than many people do in a lifetime.

    Surrounded and supported by a close-knit family, church family and the Kershaw community, Talf has adapted and continues to overcome obstacles.

    Talf has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD), a hereditary, muscle-wasting disorder that primarily affects the voluntary muscles of males in early childhood. It’s the most severe of the 40 different types of MD. There is no cure.

  • $500,000 grant for Westwood project

    Low water pressure and poor fire protection will soon be things of the past for residents of the Westwood community in Lancaster.

    The neighborhood, whose residents have suffered from poor drinking water and leaky water lines for years, will soon receive an upgrade.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to fund the water line project.

    The county applied in April for the grant from the federal CDBG program, which provides annual grants to areas with people who have low-to-moderate income.

  • Input sought as county prepares to update hazard-mitigation plan

    Lancaster County Emergency Management officials are hoping an updated hazard-mitigation plan will better prepare the county for potential disasters.

    The plan, which is updated every five years, details past disasters in the county and then identifies areas, buildings and utilities that are vulnerable to future disasters. The idea is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from some form of hazard.   

  • IL man receives awards on July 4

    INDIAN LAND – Former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan was honored July 4 at Sun City Carolina Lakes for the heroism he displayed in combat in southeast Asia more than 40 years ago.  

    With family, friends and neighbors looking on, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-16, presented Monahan with the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam War Wounded Medal. Three Purple Hearts are pending.

    Heroic actions rewarded

  • Heath Springs elects two council members

    HEATH SPRINGS – Voters in Heath Springs returned one veteran incumbent to Town Council but defeated another Tuesday.

    Eddie Moore, a member of council since the early 1990s, was re-elected, as he was the top vote-getter. Moore received 98 votes.

    Iva Lee Drakeford placed second with 69 votes, making her the other winner in Tuesday’s election.

    Six candidates were vying for the two seats on Town Council in the election.

    Elections in Heath Springs are non-partisan, which means candidates are not affiliated with any political party.

  • Sno Biz blaze called suspicious

    Business has been good at Sno Biz on S.C. 9 Bypass during the recent hot steamy days.

    That is, until a fire started inside the small snow cone stand on Wednesday.

    The Lancaster Police Department has classified the fire as suspicious, according to an incident report.

    The Lancaster Fire Department was called to the business at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for firefighters to put out the blaze.

    Owner J.B. Roof said he was standing in front of the business when the fire started.

  • Teen pleads in fatal crash

    Susan Hardin told a judge on Thursday that she and her husband, Chuck, still call their daughter’s cell phone every day just to hear her voice mail message.

    Their daughter, 15-year-old Elyse Hardin, died in a car crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She had gotten a new cell phone for Christmas, just four days before the crash.

    The teenager behind the wheel before the deadly crash, Devin Rodgers, 16, pleaded guilty in family court on Thursday to reckless homicide.

  • Downtown park gets a rosy name

    A park formerly known as the vacant lot where the former Belk building stood on Main Street finally has a name.

    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, and Jimola Wade, marketing coordinator of See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing arm, addressed City Council on Tuesday night.

  • Libraries serving more with less funds

    It’s not something Michelle Hammond likes to think about.

    Hammond has been making good use of the Lancaster County Library this summer. Her children, Emma and Abby, both 11, and Alex, 2, enjoy checking out their favorite books. But when she hears about further cuts to the county’s library system, she shakes her head.

    “They love to read, so we’d hate to see anything else go,” she said.