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  • Spratt denounces Republican statement

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Spratt is denouncing a recent statement by the National Republican Congressional Committee that referred to him as “Amnesiac John Spratt.”

    “The NRCC accuses me of ‘amnesia,’ a sly, underhanded reference to the fact that I am in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease,” said Spratt, the 14-year term congressman who represents South Carolina 5th District. “I found their assertions beneath contempt.”

  • Defense Venture Group CEO dies while abroad

    The president and chief executive officer of Indian Land-based company Defense Venture Group has died.

    John M. Zinn died Tuesday after suffering an accident while on a business trip in Amman, Jordan, according to the company.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense sector companies, hasn’t released any more information about the incident.

    Zinn was 33.

  • Students, driver not hurt in accident

    INDIAN LAND – A Lancaster man has been charged in an early morning crash on Wednesday involving a Lancaster County School District bus.

    Nine Indian Land Elementary School students and a bus driver were not injured after an early morning accident in the northbound lane of Charlotte Highway.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said bus driver Myra Helms, 53, of Fort Mill had stopped the 2003 Freightliner bus she was driving to pick up students about 6:15 a.m.

  • Kershaw: We want what we pay for

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council approved a contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement coverage for the town, but council members want to make sure the town gets what it’s paying for.

    Council unanimously approved the one-year, $451,036 contract Monday night. The sheriff’s office has provided law enforcement for the town since 2001, when the town disbanded its police department.

  • Rowell may leave office early

    After more than 10 years as the county’s treasurer, Dick Rowell is looking forward to the next stage of his life.

    Rowell announced recently he would not seek another term after his current one expires in 2013, but he’s considering leaving even sooner. This June will mark the end of the first year of his current four-year term.

    Rowell made the decision, not because he doesn’t enjoy his job, but because he was simply ready to retire.

  • Time to take a stand against violence?

    On April 26, Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to a car crash on 15th Street.

    They quickly learned that the victim, C.J. Harris, had been shot and killed behind the wheel. His 18-month-old son was in the backseat and wasn’t hurt.

  • Continental Tire donates $100,000

    INDIAN LAND – To celebrate a successful first year in the county, Continental Tire decided to share some of its wealth with the community.

    Speaking to hundreds of people outside the tire manufacturer’s Indian Land headquarters on Wednesday morning, company chief executive officer Matthias Schoenberg announced several sizable donations to area schools and municipal services.

  • Authorities find meth lab

    Firefighters responded to what they they thought was a car crash on Taxahaw Road on Tuesday, and instead found a methamphetamine lab on wheels.

    Phillip Carl Martin, 30, of 2511 Charlotte Highway, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

  • Two men face drug charges after crack found in car

    Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies found crack cocaine and marijuana in their car on May 6.

    Charles Lamont Blackmon, 30, of 2888 Lynwood Drive, and Jermall Antonio Lang, 25, of 2483 Meadow Plaza, were each charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within proximity of a park.

  • Coach leaves East Rowan High to lead AJHS Vols

    KERSHAW – Brian Hinson calls his new job as head football coach of the Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers “an intriguing situation.”

    “It’s intriguing from the situation of their facilities, football stadium, new field house and an impressive weight room,” said Hinson, 33, who was approved as the Vols’ 11th head football coach in 40 years during a special meeting of the Lancaster County School school board on Monday night.