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  • Columbia man dies after motorcycle wreck in Lancaster County

    A Columbia man died one day after wrecking his motorcycle on S.C. 97 in Lancaster County.

    Elmer Virgil Branham, 50, was riding his 2003 Harley Davidson about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he ran off the right side of the road and hit an embankment, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Branham was taken to KershawHealth center and then transferred to a Florence hospital, where he died Monday, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.  

    He died from internal injuries, Morris said.

  • 27 years later, murders of Kershaw teens remain unsolved

    HEATH SPRINGS – In the scheme of things, two hours aren’t long.

    In watching the hands of a clock turn, it’s 120 minutes or 7,200 seconds.

    But for the families of Lisa Ann Thompson and Russell Anthony, what happened between midnight and 2 a.m. on May 15, 1983, have become a lifetime of pain.

    Now, almost 27 years later, there are still many unanswered questions as to what led to the deaths of the two 19-year-olds in the shadows of the old Heath Springs High School. No arrests have ever been made.

  • ILMS is national School to Watch

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School has received national recognition.

    Earlier this month, ILMS was designated as a National School to Watch. The distinction is part of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grade Reform program, created in 1999 to honor high-performing middle schools.

    ILMS and Southwood Middle School in Anderson County are the latest schools to be named. They’re among just six middle schools in South Carolina and fewer than 350 across the country to receive the designation.

  • Golf clubs, guns stolen in IL burglaries

    INDIAN LAND – Several thefts were reported at homes and a business in Indian Land last week.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, a Cressingham Drive man reported his golf clubs were stolen from his garage, which was left open at the time of the theft.

    The clubs, with a total value of $1,850, included a set of Adams A-405 clubs.

    Also on Feb. 19, a Wade Carnes Road resident told sheriff’s deputies that someone broke into his son’s bedroom and forced open a safe.

  • Apply now for teacher scholarships

    Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation is now accepting applications for its Teacher Scholarship Program.

    The foundation is offering $5,000 scholarships to future Lancaster County School District teachers. The scholarship will be awarded in the spring. The application deadline is  4 p.m. March 12.

    Scholarship recipients must commit to returning to Lancaster County as teachers when they finish their undergraduate education.

  • County bans tobacco use in buildings

    County Council snuffed out tobacco use in county-owned buildings and vehicles Monday.

    Council gave final reading to an ordinance that prohibits the use of all types of tobacco products on or inside county property. The ban encompasses county-owned facilities, buildings and vehicles.

    The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting.

    Council had previously discussed expanding on state law by prohibiting use of tobacco items, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff, in county buildings and vehicles.

  • Reliving Brown v. Board of Education

    Local residents were reminded last week that South Carolina played a major role in helping eliminate racial segregation in the United States.

    Members of Steele Hill AME Zion Church and others in the community gathered at the church sanctuary Feb. 17 to watch “Simple Justice,” a movie that chronicled the social and legal events leading to the landmark Board v. Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court Case of 1954.

  • Registration set for children who will begin school in fall

    Registration for 4-year-old child development, 5-year-old kindergarten and first grade for 2010-11 is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 4 in Lancaster County School District.

    “It’s very important that parents register their children so we can begin to prepare for next year,” Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said. “Registering now lets schools know what to expect so teachers, facilities and materials are ready. In addition, it lets us schedule hearing, speech and vision screenings for students who register.”

  • Lancaster man charged in Internet predator sting

    MAULDIN – A Lancaster man was arrested Monday in an Internet predator sting conducted by the Mauldin Police Department, state Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday.

    Floyd Wayne Daniels, 40, of 528 Creekside Park Lane,  Lancaster, is charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years in prison.

    An arrest warrant alleges that beginning Oct. 29, 2009, Daniels solicited sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a minor girl.

  • Murder trial under way

    Law enforcement officers testified on Tuesday as the murder trial of a Lancaster man accused of shooting his cousin on New Year’s Day 2009 began.

    James Curry Jr. is charged with murder in the death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.

    Lancaster Police Department officers who testified on Tuesday said they responded to a fight at Pardue Street Apartments about 12:05 a.m. Jan. 1, 2009.