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  • Woman, 23, dies in single-vehicle wreck

    A woman family members describe as one of a kind was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

    Meagan Blackmon, of 4582 Mount Carmel Road, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital after the 5:50 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Assistant Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of blunt force trauma.

    “She was one of a kind, silly, bubbly,” said Blackmon’s cousin, Q’yaka Lathan.

    “Meagan was just a comic, a prankster. She would make you laugh.”

  • Patrol makes 347 cases in counties over holiday

    Local law enforcement agencies worked together over the July 4 weekend making sure that residents drove and boated safely.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol made 347 cases over a four-day period for the Independence Day holiday in Lancaster and Chesterfield counties, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.

    Most of those cases – 184 – were seat-belt violations. The Highway Patrol also made 11 driving under the influence arrests, investigated 18 crashes and issued 229 warnings, Elder said.

    There were no fatal car crashes in the two-county area.

  • Council mulls options for jail

    County Council is still trying to decide what to do with the historic jail in Lancaster – a building a structural engineer has told the county could collapse at almost any time if measures aren’t taken to repair its damaged roof.

    The estimated cost to repair the historic jail, which was designed by famed Charleston-born architect Robert Mills and built in 1923, is $205,766. Council learned of the problems with the building about a month ago.

    Council members suggested several possibilities for what to do with the building at its meeting Tuesday.

  • County to accept Glen Laurel roads

    Rhonda Oliver hoped Tuesday night would mark the end of her neighborhood’s year-long battle to have its roads accepted by the county.

    She was one of many residents from Indian Land’s Glen Laurel neighborhood to pack Lancaster County Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

    Oliver asked council to accept her neighborhood’s roads and incorporate them into the county system.

    “When I moved to Glen Laurel, I was told that county roads would be my roads,” Oliver said. “I would like us to now be on that list.”

  • BREAKING NEWS Report: Trooper was going 110 mph

    The investigation into the death of a state trooper in March revealed that he was driving about 110 mph before the crash that killed him.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Lexington County Traffic Division, which has an accident reconstruction team, on the investigation into the on-duty death of S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Dana Kevin Cusack on March 27.

  • Former employees to picket tire plant

    INDIAN LAND – It’s been four years since Mark West was laid off from Continental Tire and he’s hoping a demonstration this afternoon will help him and hundreds of others get much-needed benefits.

    West, who was a production worker for Continental for more than 28 years, was one of almost 500 workers to be laid off from the company when it closed its Charlotte tire-making operations in 2006.

    Since then, he and other former employees have been trying to work with the company to receive insurance and retirement benefits they feel they deserve.

  • Temperatures on the rise

    The reprieve from the steamy hot weather was good while it lasted.

    After enjoying near record-low temperatures at the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, stifling heat is returning to the Palmetto State.

    The high-pressure system that brought in the cold front has moved east.

    Forecasters are predicting highs in the upper-90s in the Piedmont today.

  • New campaign puts First Amendment first

    WASHINGTON – A new nationwide campaign, 1 for All, to build understanding and public support for the First Amendment, was launched July 1.

    The nonpartisan campaign is a collaborative effort of educators, artists, journalists, lawyers, librarians and others who believe the public will benefit from a greater understanding of the First Amendment. 1 for All encourages news media and other organizations to explain the First Amendment and encourage Americans to celebrate and use the freedoms it guarantees: speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

  • Officials probe deaths of two sisters

    Two sisters were found dead inside their Flat Creek Road home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what led to the deaths.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said the women – Peggy Small, 55, and Gail Patterson, 51 – were both sitting on a couch when their bodies were found, about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Their bodies have been sent to Newberry for autopsies. Preliminary results have ruled out foul play, Morris said.

    The remaining tests will help the coroner’s office determine the cause of death of the two women.

  • 10-year-old entrepreneur

    INDIAN LAND – It only takes Jack Davis about two minutes to make the perfect shaved ice.

    He flips open the top of an ice-shaver machine and tosses in a handful of ice cubes, then he collects the finely shaved ice at the bottom of the machine in a red cup.

    With a gloved hand, he pats the ice into a snowball before choosing from more than 50 bottles of flavored syrup lined up inside the tiny hut his family has named Jack’s Ice House. After coating the shaved ice, he adds a spoon and a straw, and the concoction is ready for another hungry customer.