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  • Pettus receives state conservation honor

    COLUMBIA – State Sen. John Courson of Columbia was named the Conservationist of the Year and Lindsay Pettus of Lancaster received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the S.C. Wildlife Federation’s 45th annual awards banquet Sunday.  

    Formed in 1931, the S.C Wildlife Federation is a membership organization promoting habitat conservation and respect for outdoor traditions through statewide leadership, education, advocacy and partnerships.

    Pettus is well known for his strong interest and proactive approach to land conservation.  

  • Man, 29, killed in head-on collision

    A Lancaster man was killed in a head-on collision on Camp Creek Road on Friday.

    Andy Carter, 29, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

    Carter died of chest trauma, Morris said.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald said Carter was a passenger in a 1993 Ford Festiva driven by Joseph Taylor, 31, of Lancaster.

  • Son: Coley Patterson was a hard-working man and good provider

    Coley Patterson grew up in Kershaw and spent his years working several jobs around town.

    Patterson manned the town’s garbage truck before working in custodial services at Springs Industries’ mill in Kershaw.

    He retired after nearly 32 years of service.

    Patterson also worked part-time for Kirkland Mortuary in Kershaw and operated his own lawn care service.

    Coley Patterson Jr. said his father loved cutting grass.

    “It was work, but he considered it a hobby,” he said about his dad, who also used to play the harmonica.

  • Two falling trees felt and sounded like an earthquake to local family

    Forest Drive resident Peggy Furr doesn’t quite know how to describe the sound of two giant oak trees falling onto the roof of her garage.

    “I heard the ‘whoosh,’ ” Furr said. “I thought it was coming through the window.”

    Peggy Furr and her grandchildren, Garren, 8, and Mary McInvaille, 11, were at Furr’s home about noon Saturday when the two trees became uprooted.

  • Long makes it official: She's seeking second House term

    INDIAN LAND – State Rep. Deborah Long, R-District 45, told constituents Monday that she’s ready for another term.

    Standing in front of almost 50 Lancaster and York residents at the Indian Land Recreation Center, Long announced her intention to run for re-election to the state House District 45 seat.

    The district encompasses parts of York and Lancaster counties. Long won the seat in 2008 against Democrat Fred Thomas.

  • Honor Flights vets gather for reunion

    KERSHAW – It was a night of thanks and laughter as World War II veterans got together over a chicken bog dinner Jan. 26 to reminisce about their recent trip to Washington, D.C.

    Ninety veterans flew to Washington on Nov. 21 to visit the World War II Memorial through Honor Flight, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to getting World War II vets to see the memorial built in honor of them.

  • School district cancels Monday classes

    The Lancaster County School District announced about 6:30 p.m. Sunday that Monday classes at all schools were cancelled. Both day and evening adult education classes were also cancelled for the day. 

    Students' families were notified via the school district's automated telephone system that there would be no classes. The start time for Tuesday classes still has not been set. 

  • Students get H1N1 vaccine

    The Lancaster County School District has been moving along in providing the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to students.

    School board members were given an update of the vaccination schedule at their Jan. 19 meeting.

    In October, district lead nurse Graceann Jones told the board that the H1N1 vaccine would first go to elementary students as well as children at Southside Early Childhood Center, the most vulnerable population. Middle and high school students were next.

    And as of Jan. 19, more than 3,600 district students had been vaccinated.

  • Jackson receives volunteer honor award

    Polly Jackson knew something was going on when she was invited to Thursday night’s Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual meeting.

    But she had no idea it meant she had won the 2009 Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award.

    The award, established by the chamber in 1983, recognizes and honors volunteers who give their time and resources to organizations in the county.

  • Family waits for justice in death

    The Whitaker family is still waiting for justice in the death of John “Little John” Whitaker, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in January 2005.

    Each year, the Whitaker family holds a vigil to remember John.

    They now clean up the sides of Robert H. Kirk Road, where he was killed, as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

    John Whitaker’s sister, Lori Whitaker, said the family picked up litter there for the first time on Nov. 7, 2009, and cleaned the roadside again Jan. 23.

    John was killed on Jan. 24, 2005.